Day 18: Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

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At some level, this is the answer to every question in the Christian life: Keep your eyes on Jesus. Need a picture of God’s nature? It’s Jesus. Need words that come straight from God’s mouth? Jesus speaks them. Need your prayers answered? Abide in Jesus, as He promised, and then ask whatever is on your heart. Need to know the lifestyle of someone who does what the Father does, hears what the Father says, and accomplishes miracles in the power of the Spirit? Jesus gives us ample cues about how to stay connected with God and bring the climate of heaven to earth. Whatever growth we desire, whatever promises we’ve been given, whatever calling and destiny we step into, it’s all through our life in Him.

That means we don’t have to figure out our priorities every day. Jesus is at the top of the list all the time. If we lose our focus at any given moment, we must do whatever we can to regain it. Somehow, amid all the distractions and responsibilities of life, we’re to keep Jesus front and center. When we are fully living “in Him,” not just as our God- given position but in our practical awareness, we don’t just “get by.” We are more alive than we have ever been.

This life in Jesus is our connection with the Father’s voice. Cultivating that connection is essential. This comes before all techniques, principles, advice, and anything else we try to figure out. Anyone can hear God if he or she is aware of being deeply connected with Jesus moment by moment. He is in us. We are in Him. And all of life— every aspect of it— is based on that relationship.

Jesus, it’s so easy to forget that it’s all about You. My life, my desire to follow God, my longing to hear His voice— it’s still all about You. As You live Your life within me, my heart softens toward God and my spiritual ears open up. So live fully, deeply, boldly in every inch of my being.

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This is an excerpt from The One Year Hearing His Voice by Chris Tiegreen, now available at OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops, PCBS, and our online store, for only P365.

This year, learn to listen for the voice of the One who loves you most. We know for sure that God speaks to His people. Throughout the pages of Scripture, time after time, He guides, instructs, corrects, inspires, encourages, and reveals. Inspired writers even call Him "the Word." He has always been vocal, and He always will  be.