Monday, July 20, 2009

Looking Unto Jesus

Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus.

It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus." All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that "Christ is all in all." Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument-it is Christ's blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by "looking unto Jesus." Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at night look to Him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.

"My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesu's blood and righteousness:
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesu's name."

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon


Adrienne said...

Hi, Cathy -
Thank you for this devotion by Charles Spurgeon. I'm always blessed by his writings and this one is so good.

Karen said...

Thank you for Spurgeon's insights today. I just heard a pastor talking about this: The world says, "I DO, therefore I am." The believer says, "Jesus DID, therefore I am."

SmilingSally said...

Imagine hearing him preach this!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this encouragement Cathy!

Blessings this week,

Brent Riggs said...

Thank you so much for praying for my daughter, Abby.

Mimi said...

another great devotional by Charles Spurgeon...thanks Cathy