Keep Our Eyes On Jesus

Keep Our Eyes On Jesus
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Shout out to our dear friend and minister, Tony Daniels who is a gifted and excellent Bible teacher. Minister Tony leads the “Life Lessons Bible Study” on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifelessonsforyourlife/?ref=share . He lives in a region where storms come through quite often so he’s learned to weather the storms.

We want to discuss the storms that happen, on the inside of us. Recently we heard a message from Dr. Derek Grier (https://www.gracechurchva.org/leaders) about the prophet Jonah. Jonah struggled to do things his own way own rather than God’s way. Jonah 1:3 (NIV) “But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.” We see Jonah going down into the ship, and even down in the belly of the whale, as he tried to avoid doing God’s will. Jonah certainly had internal conflict. 

Do we have internal conflict over doing God’s will? How do we resolve this internal conflict? How do we quiet the storm inside of us because we don’t want to do what God has told us to do?

Let’s look at how Jesus handled internal conflict. When we look at Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, we see that He had a conflict. In order for Jesus to die for us on the cross, it would mean that He would be separated from God the Father. John 10:30 (NIV) “I and the Father are one.” The scripture tells us God the father and Jesus were inseparable. But Jesus recognized that to die on the cross with our sin meant separation from the Father. Luke 22:42 (NIV) “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

If the inner conflict, is because of choices we’ve made to take us away from God’s will for our lives, then Jesus has resolved that conflict. We have to set aside, everything that distracts us from where God wants us to be. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

We have to stay focused, and keep our eyes on Jesus. Listen to “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired – Dedicated to Anna Watts” and stay encouraged. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRLQ8GU0wwU

 

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Pastors Willie and Rochelle McIntosh

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