Looking to Jesus

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Hebrews 12:2 KJV 1900
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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Looking to Jesus

Look to Jesus in Everything
Acts 17:28 KJV 1900
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
A. Many Christians are ready to look to Jesus when trouble strikes, but when everything is going well, they lean on their own finite strength and fail.
B. We must look to Jesus in everything—in good times as well as bad, in joy as well as sorrow, and in triumph as well as trial.
C. The Scripture admonishes us to look to Jesus “that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
Hebrews 4:16 KJV 1900
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Look to Jesus for Everything
John 14:13 KJV 1900
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
A. Some Christians do not depend on the Lord to supply all their needs. They rely on self-effort and other people. They come to disappointment.
B. We should look to Jesus for life, love, food, clothing, and shelter—everything.
C. We are promised ample supply for all our needs, “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
Philippians 4:19 KJV 1900
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Look to Jesus with Everything
1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV 1900
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A. Some Christians fail to totally look to Jesus. They reserve a portion of their life for self.
B. If we’re to be victorious, we must look to Jesus with everything—time, talent, and treasure. We must be totally dedicated to him.
C. Paul urged us to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Rom. 12:1).
Romans 12:1 KJV 1900
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Look to Jesus Through Everything
1 Peter 5:10 KJV 1900
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
A. Christians may look to Jesus during happy times, but complain and even blame God when suffering strikes.
B. God often allows suffering to strengthen our faith and fulfill his purpose. We must continue to look to Jesus and seek his purpose with patience and trust.
C. When traveling through valley experiences, Peter advised, “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings” (1 Peter 4:13).
1 Peter 4:13 KJV 1900
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
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