Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
Passage: Hebrews 12:1–12:3
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
- You can endure because you are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who have endured before you.
- You can endure by fixing your eyes on Jesus and not on your trials or circumstances.
Corrie ten Boom quotes referenced in the sermon:
"You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have."
“I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work he will give us to do. ”
“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
“In darkness God’s truth shines most clear.”
“What wings are to a bird and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.”
"Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees"
"If God sends us on stony paths, he provides strong shoes."
"Worry is like a rocking chair: it keeps you moving but doesn't get you anywhere."
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
“There is no panic in Heaven! God has no problems, only plans.”
“Let God's promises shine on your problems.”
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”
“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.”
“Now, I know in my experience that Jesus’ light is stronger than the biggest darkness.”
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”