When you focus on Jesus, the bad things in life fade away and go out of focus. They fade out of your mind, they fade away from your vision, and they fade out of your memories. That wonderful hymn I remember singing in church came back to my mind softly but suddenly like an old friend revisiting after a long time. The main part of the song that I heard as I was going about my daily tasks is the main focus of today’s message:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.”
Can you remember this hymn? I sure can. The song came flooding back to me as just the right time when I was thinking about something that was making me feel stressed. I was even thinking that the stressful thing was caused by the devil. The words of this song are a great reminder than when you look only to Jesus and put your full focus on Him, then the stress, and the worry, and the things that are wreaking havoc in your life, and even any evil influences, will fade away and you will find yourself filled with God’s light, love, and grace. Everything through out the rest of my day was better after this experience. I turned my full focus back to God and let everything else fall away. I think this is what it truly means to “give it to God”.
When we focus on the bad thing that is occurring, whether that is a bad circumstance, a health issue, something someone did, or even chronic pain, we are giving that thing our attention and therefore feeding it into our lives causing more things like it to happen. The devil thrives on your attention so the best way to overcome evil influence is by giving your full attention to God. Then He can direct your thoughts and actions in the ways to overcome the situation you are facing. When we focus on the good things like who God is, things He has done for us, and just His love for us, this feeds these things into our lives and increases the good things that will happen.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, Whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
-Philippians 4:6-8 KJV
It is so important to pray to God for help at the first sign of trouble or stress. He wants you to come to Him with every care and worry. He wants to help you through whatever you are facing. When you turn to God in the beginning of the issue, you can experience this strange fading away of the problems. That is what His peace feels like. It’s like a blanket of comfort and calm that softly floats down upon you like a cloud bringing calm, clarity, and faith. This peace allows you to see the issue in a new light, and also see new solutions more clearly. This is a way that God is answering your prayer and giving you a way out of the circumstance. It takes a strong mind to live in this state continuously, and I don’t know of any person who does this all the time except Jesus, but the more often you can keep your full focus on God, the more He will reveal Himself to you and the more you will walk in His grace.
When I’m in this state of grace and peace, looking into God’s face, my whole body is calm and any pains I am having lessen greatly. It is a comfort that is hard to explain until you have experienced this for yourself and I’m here to tell you that you can feel this same peace, and comfort, and grace today by simply asking God.
Here is a prayer to help you get started:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you Lord, for all the many blessings you have bestowed on me. Thank you for your love and for the gift of Jesus Christ, who came to save me and set me free from sin. Please help me in this situation that I am facing today. Please help me to turn my eyes upon you and put my full focus on you, Lord, so that I can experience the peace that passeth all understanding, and feel what it truly feels like to walk in your grace. Please turn your face to me, Lord, and lift me up over these circumstances. Please strengthen my heart, my mind, and my faith so that I can experience the things of earth fading strangely away, in the light of your glory and grace.
I Pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ,