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Permalink 03:17:54 pm, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Pam, 768 words   English (US)

GraceHead Enduring: A Heart Set On Jesus

Hebrews 12: 2-3 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

I'm not Jesus, but I surely need Him. I have had my share of suffering in this life, much of which I've brought on myself. I have also suffered as the result of the sins of others but I have yet to suffer in the place of another as Jesus did for me. The suffering that I endure as a child of God is discipline:

Hebrews 12:5b-6 "My son do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.


As I am in Christ, my pain and sorrow are not pointless. They are the lessons of life through which I learn so much more about Jesus. As a Christian, I not only have the example of Jesus to follow, but I also have the person of Christ Jesus and my relationship with Him actively working in me and working all the circumstances of my life to good. I am being trained by the calamity in my life for better things and this life will not overwhelm me. "I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me."

2 Cor. 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

If I focus on the pain in my life, if my heart is set on the world, then the sorrow and suffering in my life produces bitterness and bitterness brings death. When my heart is set upon Jesus, repentance takes the place of the natural response of bitterness to the calamity that I face in my life and bitterness no longer has power over me. The process of repentance reveals to me the areas in my life that need to be changed so that I am enabled to overcome the circumstances over which I have no power
to exact change. Repentance is not like reform, which can be done through human strength of will, repentance is a change of heart brought about by the work of the Holy Spirit within. Through Christ in my life, I don't just learn to behave in a way that is more appropriate in any given situation, but rather the circumstance becomes a catalyst that produces actual change in me. It is through the suffering that is my life that the Potter is molding me into a new image, that of Christ. Without Jesus in my life, I would merely be a battered piece of clay.

John 12:32 "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."

Jesus spoke these words to signify the death that He was about to suffer and to explain the reason why He had to die. Jesus was facing certain, excruciating death, the shameful death of a criminal. Jesus was not filled with bitterness as would be quite natural to the situation. Jesus focused upon the work of His Father, knowing that when He was lifted in death all men would be drawn to Him. By serving His Father's purpose, all would be served. As a Christian, a person bought and paid for with the blood of Jesus, I not only have the example of Jesus to follow in any given situation but the Holy Spirit of God to enable me to accomplish what God has set before me in my life.

Jesus was not a self-centered man. Jesus was God-centered. I am to be a Christ-centered woman.

Though He was tempted in all things, just as I am, Jesus' heart was set upon God, the Father. In like manner, my heart is to be set upon Jesus. Just as Jesus subjected Himself to the death that the Father had appointed to Him, I too must die daily to my own desires by subjecting them to Jesus. By this process, Christ in my life is lifted up and as Christ is lifted up, I too am lifted up. Christ Jesus lifts me above the calamity and pain in my life to a place far above human bitterness and its byproduct, death. I am lifted to a place that is Life itself, not only for me, but to a place that offers Life to all mankind.

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Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]
Good morning, Pam!
Wonderful words of encouragment here. When I read the Hebrews reference about fixing our eyes on Jesus, it rememinded me of that song that's fast becoming my favorite, and that I can never remember the name of it :oP. Something about turning our eyes to Jesus, and the things of the world grow strangely dim-in the light of His glory and grace? (I think) but at any rate, how true those words are! If we are Christ centered, it makes things so much better. Not saying we'll be pain free for the rest of our earthly days, but that, Christ keeps reminding us that soon and very soon... our struggles here won't be eternal; and then our faith will be made sight.
Meanwhile, Christ that lives in us, grows us to love others, as God has loved us. Nowhere are to BE self centered, but rather, Christ centered, and then, as that becomes grounded, the Love that Christ pours into us, pours out to those around us.

Let me say, too, that I am enjoying myself over here. So often it seems I am far removed from any fellowship of like minded (even though we have churches on every street corner) so few want to talk "Jesus" as they'd rather talk 'church activities'. Not the same. It's good to be able to talk bout God's goodness.
Thanks, Pam
Permalink 07/15/06 @ 11:26
Comment from: Pam [Member]

"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."

I have few deep fellowships in my daily life too and I no longer have any use for churchiantiy, though I do attend church. Maybe it is the mode of writing that enables us to communicate what there is never time nor space for in spoken conversation. On the internet, we all become preachers and are enabled to reveal our most central and often times, unrecognized beliefs. I know that I have grown a great deal through the many conversations of faith that I've had online. You know, because of it, there is really no one that I can't talk to about Jesus. I have learned to listen to where people are in relation to God rather than to pounce upon them with my version of truth. I've also learned to handle oposition much better. It is an interesting process.

Permalink 07/15/06 @ 12:28
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·

It is a good thing to have an understanding of how suffering is an ingredient that God uses for good.

An atheist said, "How can you believe in a God that allows death and suffering?" Mike Wells asked, "Well, what do you believe in?" The atheist said, "Evolution."

"How can you believe in evolution that allows for death and suffering?"


There is death.
There is suffering.
Yet, above all ... we have hope, who are known by the Lord.

Why not figure out how we can get on with life and and how the trouble can be a catylist for growth, and understanding.

It is all about what we want from life: comfort? or the revelation of God in us?

God could remove our flesh, and disallow all suffering, but I know that if He did that in my life, it would mean the end of growth, and the end of the revelation of God in my life. He isn't fighting those things. He is using them to have a perfect result ... and after many years of turning to Him during suffering and defeat, I can say with conifidence that I love the God I found during defeat and suffering more then the God I was looking for in confort and success.

Ripening still,
Permalink 07/16/06 @ 10:20
Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]
YES! That's the song! I can NEVER get the words right, for some reason, but the meaning of the song goes straight to my heart.

Trent, I don't know who Mike is, but I'd like to borrow his reasoning--it makes sense.

Yes, it's taken me a few years, but I'm finally learning to be thankful in ALL things--including suffering--because it reminds me to depend on God.
Permalink 07/16/06 @ 19:37
Comment from: pam [Visitor] ·
Hey Trent, I guess what goes on the net really does stay on the net. I shouldn't have over-stepped your boundaries and involve myself in things that weren't my business. I'm sorry for that. I didn't know quite where I ended and others began back in those days. Anyway, I just needed to say that. God bless you and keep you. Pam
Permalink 02/07/13 @ 01:56

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