Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus

Scripture: Matthew 14.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Matthew 14:29-31 (NLT)

29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.

30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

To those who have not accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, Jesus is calling for you to come to Him today! Please don’t hesitate. This is one of the most critical decisions you will make, for this one is eternal. Do it, friend. To those who have accepted Jesus as your Master and Friend, please be reminded of what happened to Peter the minute he took his eyes off Jesus. The minute he looked at the elements around him and the distractions of this world, he became terrified – you know, just like we become when we are told that we have cancer, or that we have lost a loved one, or lost our job – we immediately wonder where God is. We do exactly what Peter did, we doubt that God could possibly handle that dilemma for us – we doubt. We should be well aware of the miracles of Jesus and the power that is all His, just like Peter should have. Jesus was disappointed in Peter’s faith, how would He feel about yours, friend? We cannot let the fears of this world and the distractions that Satan will hit us with every day cause our eyes to wander or our faith to falter. It is Jesus who we love and adore, and it is He who has power to do all things. Remember how He loved us so much that He gave up His only Son for us? Imagine how much more He wants to do for us as we represent Him here on earth? Oh, what a Savior!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Thank You Lord for the awesome, faithful, strong, miraculous Savior that You are. Please forgive me for the times that I have been so much like Peter, so distracted by the worries of this world and all that could happen to me, and the impact that could result on my family or my church. Lord I acknowledge today that You are in control, and with You at the wheel, I have nothing to worry about but keeping my eyes fixed on You and obeying Your commands. Thank You for the years of protection, power and guidance that You have given to me, may I learn from that as I trust You more and more each day.

 

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Qualifications for Heaven

Scripture: Matthew 13.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Matthew 13:41-43 (NLT)

41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.

42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

This passage of scripture reaffirms what is taught throughout the Bible, and that is: only the righteous will prevail in Heaven. In other words, church attendees won’t – if they haven’t asked Jesus into their heart and allowed Him to rule and reign over their life. Children of the greatest saints on earth won’t make the cut if they chose to live life without Jesus. Now let’s be clear, many on this earth will judge by what they see and hear, but in verse 42 we are reminded that the angels will be the hand-piece of God, and separate the righteous from the unrighteous on judgment Day. Friends you can act holy in every way around the pastor, or around your Christian friends, but only God knows about your true righteousness. There is no fooling Him. Friends, in looking over recent events, it is obvious that our life span is very questionable, for it is not old age anymore, although it can be for some. Therefore salvation is something that you will want to work on today. For those of us that have accepted Him as Lord, let us daily walk in the path of righteousness; let us grow our relationship with Christ; let us love on another, even as Christ loves us and loves His church. As we seek to walk in His paths and live according to His Word, we will live righteous lives. We will be ready to meet our Savior, even if it is today! Come Lord Jesus, come!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, You are well aware of the challenges that Christians face in this world, especially when we strive to live righteous lives. Please forgive me when I have failed in my walk. Today I am pleading with You to grant me Your grace, Your love and Your power to overcome evil and to live a righteous life in Your sight.

 

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