Thursday, March 3, 2016

Unto You do I lift up my eyes

Unto You do I lift up my eyes O You Who are enthroned in heaven. Behold, as the eyes of the servant look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress so our eyes look to the Lord our God until He has mercy and loving-kindness to us. Psalm 123:1-2 AMP

There are some days when all we can do is lift up our eyes and trust in God alone. These are the days that the Jesus Calling devotion tells us to pray, 'Thank You, Jesus, for this opportunity to trust You more.'

These are the days when it is imperative that we can stand and declare God's word over our lives and our circumstances. These are the days when we stand on scriptures like these...

I will lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah] – from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down. He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit, he’ll always be there to help you through it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:36-39

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

As you know, we considered blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally bought about. The Lord is full of mercy and compassion. James 5:11

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully1 Peter 5:7 

The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11

Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God of our salvation! Selah [pause and calmly think of that]! Psalm 68:19 

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible fulfilment. Luke 1:37 

These are just some of the scriptures that remind us who God is and what He has promised. Scriptures that help us to re-focus our thoughts on God rather than our circumstances.

So today, regardless of what is going on, let's make a choice to lift up our eyes and look to Him. Let's make a choice to meditate on what these scriptures tell us about God, His love, His mercy, His compassion, His strength, His peace - Our salvation. Thank You Jesus, all praise and glory to You alone.

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