When Jesus is no longer our ALL, and discouragement takes root, it becomes a downward spiral. Keep your lives free from the love of money. If we take our eyes off the Lord and focus on the problems of this world, then we will begin to sink into an ocean of doubt and despair. When we take our eyes off Jesus Christ things can go wrong between us and our bank balances. But, prayer, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, will give us the grace to persevere through any storms we may experience. In Mark 6:45-56, we see that even the disciples were easily distracted and oblivious to the miracles that Jesus was performing right in front of their eyes. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). When we take our eyes off of Jesus, things get worse. When it takes your eyes off of Jesus, get rid of it. But when he kept his focus on Jesus, he could do miraculous things. When we find ourselves sinking low, we need to cry out to the Lord, putting our eyes back on Jesus and trusting Him at His Word. If it doesn’t bring your heart to God, then get rid of it. The enemy knows what will happen if he should cause us to get distracted by the cares of life and so he will try everything to get us to take our eyes off Jesus and look at the ‘wind’. They were too busy and overwhelmed by the storm to see the miracle or appreciate it for all its worth. Then we get upset when things fall apart and we want to place the blame everywhere and on every one. Yet the sooner we learn that we cannot control our circumstances and that the key to overcoming them is keeping our eyes on Jesus, the better off we will be. Through faith in Jesus, our sins are washed away. Often, Satan uses distraction and difficulty to take our eyes off of Jesus. It is only when we remember that the goal of our lives is to draw close to Him and to do His will can we hope to live a joyful life in the fruit of the Holy Spirit. May 25, 2014 April 2, 2014 Alive to God Leave a comment. If we thought we faced temptations before we knew Christ, it is nothing compared to what happens after we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Prayer is a relationship, where God constantly fills us with his love, gives us purpose and identity. At one time or another we have been to the beach. The people began to grumble (speak out their discouragement), and find fault with anything and everything. But what we forgot it we took our eyes off what God put in front of us. This is a great reminder for us that we should always keep our eyes on Jesus, see what He is doing through our storms, and when we feel like we are sinking, re-align our focus with Jesus and not our problems. Jesus was also walking on the water. For when we take our eyes off our Lord and set our eyes on ourselves, the Christian life becomes not only miserable but impossible. God comes to us in His grace and mercy and He forgives us. And then the battle really heats up. We know the difference between being on the sand and in the water. Yet He took His eyes of what Jesus was doing already. ⁣ ⁣ The most profitable lives we can live is when we hear and accept Paul's teaching that godliness with contentment is great gain. When we take our eyes off of Jesus, our idols and gods begin to take back their place in our heart.⁣ ⁣ Hebrews 12:1 tells us to throw off the weight and sin that ensnares is. Contentment can quickly become covetousness. Freedom From Worry. Peter originally had the faith to step out. The lesson is that when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus he began to have doubts and he let circumstances terrify him. 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