Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 28, 2015

Fixing My Eyes on Jesus

cb devo sept28“When He (Jesus) reached the place (Gethsemane), He told them, Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Luke 22:40 (HCSB)

Decadent chocolate…..the more I gazed, the more I wanted it. On my final of many looks through the bakery glass to view this delicacy, I caved in. It was so sweet, creamy and of course chocolate – best cupcake ever. What else could a girl ask for?

Well, I could fill in that blank with lots of things. You see gazing isn’t limited to decadent chocolate cupcakes. Of no, it veers way off the path to ”perceived grander” things. Quickly, we can have a fixed intent to act upon what we want right now. Our gaze creates desire, longing and a serious case of “I don’t have, I really need and I will get.” Glimpsing is fleeting and moving, but gazing is steady and focused.

Ever found yourself zeroed in on something that really won’t serve you well? Eating one decadent chocolate cupcake definitely won’t send us over the edge. However, continuously gazing through the window at the bakery and caving in day after day, well that’s another story. The effects might not be visible in the moment, but time will reveal the difference.

Same thing is true when we are faced with a multitude of temptations. We entertain the thought. We will hover close to the edge. We gaze longingly toward that one elusive thing, and yes sometimes we slip right over hoping no one will ever notice. But when we deny God’s commands, our perceived grander things we can’t live without eventually turn into things we hide.

From the Garden of Eden to the garden in Gethsemane, scripture reminds us we will face many tempting moments. Eve chose the apple; Jesus chose the cross. Will we chose to keep our gaze upward, fixed and focused on Jesus or will we gaze outward and give in? How we handle temptations today sets the course for how we will face temptations tomorrow.

“Sweet Jesus every day unfolds opportunities to walk in Your footsteps – to do the Father’s will – help me to stay strong especially in the midst of temptations.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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