This Christian life isn't always easy. When we face health problems, a financial crisis or trouble with our children, it's easy to lose our perspective and become discouraged. It happened to two of Jesus' disciples on the Emmaus Road. They were discouraged about Jesus' death, according to Luke 24:15-16 The Message Bible "They were going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their… questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who He was."
The problem occurs when we take our eyes off Jesus, begin to feel helpless about things; we lose our sense of purpose and vision. Many people say, when facing a major crisis, that they tend to be the kind of person whose vision becomes blurred and their perceptions are shot, that their contemplations one-sided and they shut out the very people who can help them; just like these two disciples.
Their vision was blurred about the very person who was walking with them and talking to them. The One whose death they were mourning was really alive but they didn't realize it because their focus was on the wrong thing. They were more concerned about His death than His promise to rise again from the dead.
Luke 24:30-31 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
Everything changed the minute they recognized Him. When they recognized Him they didn't need to see Him physically, they needed to believe without seeing.
Luke 24:32-33 TPT Stunned, they looked at each other and said, "Why didn't we recognise it was him? Didn't our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!"
In an instant they went from drifting to determined, from fear to courage, from pain to joy and from despair to hope. No matter how bad things may appear to be, when we set our eyes on Jesus He will fill us with the strength to endure and hope for the future. Our antidote is to see and savour Jesus Christ from His Word.
Paul writes in Ephesians 1:18 That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
We often are concentrating too much on our problems instead of concentrating on His promises of healing and deliverance. I stir myself first, because I'm prone to become overwhelmed; Consider not the circumstances but consider Jesus!
So today, spend time with the Lord in His Word, let it speak to your heart and unveil the answers you need to deal with the issues you're facing. He will help you see the answer instead of the problem.
Dr. Norm Campbell • PO Box 600 • South Morang • Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA • www.familyfaithcentre.org
We are a WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park. If you're not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding. There will be exciting message to share with you so don't miss out! It's wonderful what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.
We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!
We are also mentoring a number of other groups around the world who receive our Sunday preaching messages to instruct and encourage them to share it also.