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Title : What does it than mean to turn your eyes upon Jesus? By : Pastor Reinhard Westphal
It means to recognise the reality of our invisible God Father, Son and Holy Ghost and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. When we look to Jesus in our daily circumstances, our failures and our victories, we acknowledge that we depend on Him, that we need Him and that we want Him to be the number one in our life.

In this article I want to touch on three important points:
A) How do we turn our eyes upon Jesus?
B) What happens to us when we do it?
C) What are we seeing?

A) How do we turn our eyes upon Jesus in real life?
How do we get from this spiritual term and the goose bumps it brings to every charismatic Christian, to a real application in our daily life?

We turn our eyes to Jesus as we pray!
Praying alone or in fellowship with other Christians will turn our focus on Jesus.
As you acknowledge his Lordship in your live your eyes are turned to Him.
As you discus matters of your live with him your focus is on Him and as you are listening to what he has to say to you concerning certain areas in your life - what you should do and what not.


We focus on Jesus by having fellowship with other believer’s.
When we meet in small groups and minister to each other, praying for and blessing one another, giving testimonies of the things God is doing in our lives – we together become focussed on Jesus.


We turn our eyes to Jesus through the reading and hearing of the word.
That is what every sermon and every bible reading must accomplish: Making Jesus bigger and bigger in our life. And that my dear readers is my purpose for writing the different articles: encouraging to make Jesus the number One in your life.


We focus on Jesus when we praise and worship him.
Every time I praise and worship the Lord on my own or by listening to some good worship music His presence increases in me. Clouds and darkness disappear in the light of His glory and grace.


B) What happens when you turn your eyes upon Jesus?
Who wants to be more like Jesus? Tried it? Did it work? Work harder at it! Go to church more often! Give more money! Preach on the streets! No! No! No!

Just focus on Jesus and you will become more and more like him. You are being transferred into his image by the Spirit of God!
2 Corinthians 3:18 states:
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Many times we find it very hard to live a godly life. It seems like we never arrive. But the beauty of being a child of God is, that He doesn’t want us to struggle.

Here is the secret of being a really godly person: Turn your eyes upon Jesus! By doing so, the Apostle Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:3:
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence.”
Spend time with Jesus, focus on Him! By doing that, He Himself will change you from the inside out. That’s living life God’s way.


C) What do we see when we turn our eyes upon Jesus?

We see the author of our faith. Hebrews 12:3 “...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith...”

“Author” here means: a leader, one, who makes the first step in a given situation and leads the way!

Many Christians have no sense of direction in their spiritual life. They know allot about Jesus, but they do not know him as the Leader, the one that leads the way. They are governed by their senses, by what they see and focus on. But they never learned to lean on him, to look into his face.

Are their decisions coming up in your life? Concentrate on Jesus. Get full of his word, have fellowship with Jesus, talk to him and worship him as the way the truth and the light – and he will direct your way of life.

Every new step that you take in your spiritual journey, Jesus is going to do the first step to lead you into the right direction. That is His promise.

And then we see him also as the finisher of our faith.
Without Him pouring out his mercies every day anew, you will not make it into his presence, into heaven.

He is keeping you so many times, when you are not even recognising it. In Jude it says, that he is keeping us from falling. So many times we would fall into sin - but he is keeping us from falling.

If you put your life’s focus truly on Jesus – he will carry you through everything you are facing in your life.

Trust Him as the finisher of your faith! He is able!!!

Many times we tend to make the things of God so very complicated. We are so hard on ourselves. We need to understand that the Lord knows that on our own we are doomed to fail. But if we stay connected with and to Him we bring forth much fruit. The Bibles calls that abiding on the vine.
So, my encouragement for you is this: Trust you Lord Jesus in every moment of your life. You are not the author and finisher of your faith – He is. And He is walking with you. He is also always one step ahead of you, so that you can follow Him.
Enjoy your journey through life with Jesus- Keeping your eyes, your focus on Him

Pastor Reinhard’s passion is to encourage Christians to live an abundant life, overflowing with peace and joy. He wants you to enter into a life without guilt and condemnation and to experience God’s Goodness every day of your life. Get his free MP3 teaching “The Jonah-Virus - how to defuse your anger” as Pastor Reinhard’s gift as a thank you for reading this article.
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