“The Wrestlings” Discussion {Chapter 5: Eyes on Jesus}

Chapter 5 of my ebook The Wrestlings Along the Narrow Path encourages to keep our eyes on Jesus and I discussed there Luke 11:34-36, of having our sights singularly towards the light.

This is hard. We live in a world of excess, entitlements, and privileges, and we tend to desire also what the world enjoys. I admit I have been guilty of this lately. Even before summer started, I have been feverishly planning for our family going to the nearest resort. But as my unwell and weak body resists these plans and while I look at relatives and friends who go places, vacationing to their hearts’ content, I have also been struggling on and off with the pain brought by my unsatisfied hunger.

But the Lord has been helping me and showing me how to live not craving for the things of this world but for Him. It could be very hard and painful sometimes, but I believe this is a “given” to any true Christ-follower. We can never escape it, so we might as well learn to embrace it. Isn’t this the essence of the Lord Jesus’ words when He said that he/she who loses his/her life for His sake and the kingdom’s will find it? It is the exact opposite of how this world operates.When one loses one’s life, there is always pain involved.

So, I’m learning, really learning, to turn my gaze away from the world and on to the Lord Jesus. See not, hear not, and dwell not in the things that may weaken our resolve to follow Christ and where He’s leading us. Too much craving and giving in to it weaken our hold of the Word and in its power to transform us. Looking at the things we lack and dwelling in the thought that life would be better having them or being able to do them will make our spiritual life empty, powerless, and dim.

But that is not the kingdom of God at all. For the kingdom of God is within one who is indwelt by the ungrieved Holy Spirit. And if the Holy Spirit is not grieved, He works mightily in that person’s life. There will be abundance of righteousness, joy, peace, love, and ordinary and extraordinary miracles. There is power to live a beautiful, victorious life! Not a life that is bent down with sorrow from unfulfilled dreams, bitterness, and discontent. For this is what we have received:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear [or joylessness, discontent, self-pity…], but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7, bracketed annotations mine)

I myself sometimes forget that I have received the Spirit of God and that’s why I sometimes find myself wallowing in lack instead of rejoicing that the kingdom of God is within me, and therefore, I have everything and I know no defeat only victory! When weakness hounds me, my thoughts usually wander to Anna, the prophetess. She was a widow for many decades and she lived all those years serving God in the temple with prayers and fastings night and day. (See Luke 2:36-37). She did not leave the temple nor the presence of the Lord. When I see people leave and go places, including my family, and I’m left alone, I think about Anna. Her heart, eyes, and feet did not wander away from the Lord. I get encouragement from her.

Endnotes:

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The Wrestlings Discussion Series:

The Wrestlings Discussion {Chapter 1: Eyes of Envy}
The Wrestlings Discussion {Chapter 2: Envy, Competition, and Covetousness}
The Wrestlings Discussion {Chapter 3: Heart of Covetousness}
The Wrestlings Discussion {Chapter 4: Jealousy}

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Comments

  1. Susan says:

    I love that verse from Timothy. Thank you for for sharing!

  2. Joanne Viola says:

    Beautiful post! 2 Timothy 1:7 sustained me through the most trying time of my life. So glad that a verse can sustain us, strengthen us & keep us whole! I visited from Hear It, Use It & am so glad that I did!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Im so glad that you visited, Joanne! Yes, that’s what I experienced, too: letting the Word breathe life and hope to me during my seasons of grave illness and suffering. Blessings!

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