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Keeping your Eyes on Jesus During any Challenge Produces Victory

eyes on jesusKeeping your eyes on Jesus during any challenge produces victory. Victory in life is a mindset. Having a mindset to run your race with endurance and determination to finish seals victory for the Christian.

Hebrews 12:1-2 – Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easy entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of the faith….NIV

So many times we step out in faith in one area or another but we fail to get answers. Starting out on the journey is the easy part. Having the determination and endurance to continue to the end while keeping your eyes on Jesus is the difficult part. Particularly when we can’t see the finish line.

In 2008 the New England Patriots won every game on their schedule. Heading into the post season, they won every one of their playoff games. And in the 2008 Championship game, they beat the San Diego Chargers to become the AFC Champions. At this point, New England had an unblemished record. They were on the verge of becoming only the second team in NFL history to have a perfect season. Only one game and one team stood between them and rewriting the history books.

The whole world watched the prospects of a perfect season go out the window as the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants by the score of 17-14. That evening as the Patriots walked off the field after suffering defeat, all remembrance of their winning season drifted into obscurity.

So many times we step out in faith in one area or another but we fail to get answers. Starting out on the journey is the easy part. Having the determination and endurance to continue to the end while keeping your eyes on Jesus is the difficult part. Particularly when we can’t see the finish line.

We see in scripture that Peter did the miraculous. He walked on water while he had his eyes on Jesus. But as soon as he took his eyes off Jesus and began to focus on the conditions around him, he began to sink. I have started out on many journeys in my life with my eyes on Jesus. But during the course of my journey, I became distracted which robbed me of countless victories.

There have been other times I’ve started out in faith with my eyes on Jesus never knowing how long I would have to stand on His Word before seeing the results of my prayer. Looking back on some of those situations now, I thank God I didn’t know how long my journey would take. If I had known how long it was going take, I probably would never have started out in faith. And if I had never started, I would never have grown in my walk with God and in my confidence in the fact that I can rely on His Word.

Keeping your Eyes on Jesus Produces Endurance

Victory in life is reserved for those who have the proper mindset. A mindset of running their race until the end with their eyes on Jesus. Starting out in a blaze of glory is great, but if you don’t have enough spiritual fortitude to run your race until victory is obtained, what good did it do to start out with great fanfare?

Whether you’re dealing with prayer, healing, the salvation of a loved one, or the developing of a relationship. In whatever journey you’re about to embark upon, keep your eyes on Jesus and refuse to give up. Eliminate quitting as an option. Turn your prayer dial to the on position and then break it off. Make up in your mind that you’re not going to be defeated and that you will never quit.

When you become fatigued in your race (and you most certainly will), remember that the Joy of the Lord is your strength. God, through His Holy Spirit will be with you and is in you. Rely on Him to give you the endurance you need to run your race until you see victory in every area of your life. Keep your eyes on Jesus and refuse to give up, cave in and quit.

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