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Fixing My Eyes on Jesus: Daily Moments in His Word
by Anne Graham Lotz
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Finish His Work
“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”
- John 17:4
You were created for the purpose of glorifying God through the Christlike character of your life and the effectiveness of your service. The Bible says, “You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1Corinthians 6:20–21 NKJV).
If you are able to finish God’s work, it won’t be an accident. It’ll be because you have focused every minute of every day on God’s purpose. And that purpose determines the way you manage your time, money, priorities, relationships, career, and every other aspect of your life. God isn’t something you add to your life—He is your life! And your life’s work.
To know God is to love God. To love Him is to serve Him. To serve Him is to know Him better. To know Him better is to love Him more. So start getting to know God, and then keep the cycle going until you’ve finished.
Faith for the Impossible
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
- Matthew 17:20
The couple had longed for a child for decades. Decades. Then came the day when God told Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her” (Genesis 17:15–16). Abraham’s reaction to the news that Sarah would bear his child was so genuinely authentic he was dumbfounded! With his face pressed against the ground, “he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’ ” (Genesis 17:17).
What God had promised was almost beyond belief, and yet as incredulous as Abraham must have felt, he believed. So there was no rebuke from God for his laughter. Instead, the New Testament says, “By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise” (Hebrews 11:11).
It’s encouraging to know that all God required from Abraham was faith the size of a mustard seed to do the impossible. Abraham’s experience teaches you and me that it’s not the amount of our faith that makes the critical difference; it’s the object of our faith. Place the little faith you have in God’s Word.
Connected to the Vine
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
- John 15:5 NLT
The branches of a vine live by just remaining connected to the vine. Permanently. Consistently. They simply rest in their position, allowing the sap of the vine to flow freely through them. There’s no effort. The fruit is produced by the life- giving sap inside.
When you’re completely connected to Christ, His Spirit flows through every part of you— your mind, your will, your emotions, your words, and your deeds. The fruit that you then bear is produced by His Spirit in you. It’s not produced by any conscious effort of your own.
If you want to be fruitful, concentrate on your personal relationship with Jesus Christ! “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
Another Kind of Freedom
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
- 2 Corinthians 3:17
We’re so fortunate to live in a country where freedom is part of our national DNA. Part of our everyday experience. Rarely questioned, and readily enjoyed.
But there’s another kind of freedom that isn’t bound by national borders or ideology: it’s the freedom from sin.
Freedom from spiritual defeat.
Freedom from Satan’s traps.
Freedom to reflect Jesus as we’re transformed into His likeness.
As you live under the control of the Spirit, the character of Jesus becomes evident to those around you. You reflect what Galatians calls the fruit of the Spirit— love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control (Galatians 5:22–23).
The Holy Spirit empowers you, not just to live for Jesus, but to be like Jesus. And therefore to be free at last!
Is God Looking for You
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
- Matthew 13:45
God is looking for a few good men and women. Men and women who are willing to go against the current of popular opinion, to hold firm convictions in a world where “anything goes,” to speak the truth when it’s not politically correct, and to walk with God when everyone else is running away from Him.
God is looking for those who believe that what He says is more important than what anyone else says. He’s looking for people who know that what He thinks is more important than what anyone else thinks and that what He wants is more important than what anyone else wants. God is looking for those who believe His will is more important than their own.
Second Chronicles 16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” God is looking for another Noah. Another Abraham. Another David. Another Daniel. Another Peter or another Paul.
Are you one God is looking for?
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