Looking Unto Jesus

“Looking unto Jesus.”-Hebrews 12:2

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.”

Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument-it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hop e, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at night look to Him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesu’s blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

From C.H. Spurgeon’s Morning Devotional for  Saturday June 28, 2008

One thought on “Looking Unto Jesus

  1. I try not to quote scripture since I prefer to show how scripture is playing itself out in my life instead.

    Romans is a meant for people that were already seen as more mature than other Churches (definitely more mature than Corinth).

    The first few Chapters talk of our complete and total inability to please God on our own efforts.

    17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[a] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[b]

    and then Paul goes on to say. Paul is a good example of being real about his issues:

    The in Romans 1:17

    I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

    Paul is already a Christ follower and an almost apostle (?). A very mature Christian by anyones gauge. Paul is such a good example.

    Anyhow I don’t have a time to go into a complete description of all the bible verses but I highly recommend you go to bible gateway and read all the verses with the word righteouss in them.

    JS

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