Looking Unto Jesus

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Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

It is The Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite, satan is constantly trying to make us look at ourselves instead of Christ. Satan insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you don’t have enough faith;
you do not repent enough, you are backsliden; you will never be able to continue to the end; you don’t have the joy of one of His children; you don’t read and study His Word enough; you have a wavering hold of Jesus.”

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All these are thoughts about self, and we will never find any comfort, peace, or assurance by looking within at ourself.

We are to examine ourselves, to see if we are in the faith of Jesus Christ, not faith in ourselves.

The Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.”

Remember, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you–it is Christ; it is not your good works in Christ that saves you–it is Christ; He is the instrument–it is Christ’s shed blood and His merits, what He has done that saves; don’t look so much at your hands, while your grasping Christ, look to Christ; dont look to your hope, but look to Jesus, the source of your hope; don’t look at your faith, but look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. We will never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is about who Jesus is, not what or who we are, that gives rest to our souls.

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If we are to overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep yout eyes on Jesus; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, His works, be fresh on your mind; when you wake up in the morning look to Jesus; when you lay down at night look to Jesus. Don’t let your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail you or let you down.

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

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