Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him
endured the cross,
scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
This is the verse our pastor preached on yesterday and has chosen for our church for 2014. He encouraged us to focus on Jesus...
...to recognize that the only way to win the race of life is to keep our eyes on Jesus.
...to realize that when hard times come (and they will), we are not to start with our circumstances and then try to find Jesus. We are to start with Christ and then let Him guide us through our circumstances. He encouraged us with Peter Lord's words, "Glance at your problems; gaze on God."
...to remember that when we feel like giving up, we are winners already in God's eyes. Christ is seated, which means the victory is won. It is finished.
...to remember that in Christ, there's full acceptance, peace, life, blessing, light, power, grace, joy, strength, and much more.
...to remember that everything we need, we'll find in Jesus.