Get the Look!
Illustrating a Truth of Beholding the True Image
All scripture citations are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
The secret to keeping a positive emotional state (peace, bright hope, readiness for joy and confidence in God) is learning how to see in Jesus the very thing you need to see in Him in order for your trust to be restored. Do you need forgiveness, rescue, assistance, comfort, wisdom? Look to Jesus and keep looking until you reconnect with His grace. We call this "getting the look that gives the shift."
What gets your focus will inevitably gain control over your emotional state. That's why beholding Jesus is the key to our transformation. We become more grace-filled, mercy-giving and loving whenever our inward faith focus is upon Him. Since the enemy has proven himself all too adept at getting our eyes off Jesus and stuck on our own problems, our pain and other people, let's fight back by learning to refocus quickly on the One we can always trust.
Let's get really good at getting our eyes back on Jesus. The rule is: "Eyes off? Eyes ON!"
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
"Look to me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else." Isaiah 45:22 WEB
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2
Father, I renounce trying to change myself by my own stress-filled efforts. Your way of grace is so much better! By beholding Jesus I am actually transformed as I trust Him and follow His path of peace. Help me get established in this! Alert me when my heart turns away from beholding Him. Losing peace is a sure sign You are calling me to return, but I so often ignore it. Save me from falling back into my old patterns! Enable me to keep "getting the look that gives the shift" as often as it takes until it becomes my new way of life.
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