Sunday, March 27, 2016

Look Up, Not In

"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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.."  ~ Hebrews 12:1-3
I so understand this strong, imperative suggestion more now.

To fix your eyes on Jesus.

One big reason I felt depressed last year was because I would mess up, feel like such a failure, and hang my head (literally). Misery. Failure as a wife. Failure as a mother. Failure as a friend. Most of all, failure as a Christian. Despair.

Hence, why I was feeling so not victorious!

And, finally, God broke through. Look up, not in.

Ah, yes. A lesson He has had to teach me over and over again. When I screw things up and fail, I would see my utter depravity and horrid sin nature, which would depress me greatly. I would look in and stay down. Look up, not in! Because my life is hidden with Christ in the heavenlies and I am in Him, I have victory, I have forgiveness, I have hope!
"The thing that really testifies for God and for the people of God in the long run is steady perseverance, even when the work cannot be seen by others. The only way to live an undefeated life is to live looking to God."  ~ Oswald Chambers
Hopefully, I can tie all this -- anger, respect, depression -- together next week.