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A Look That Lifts

Posted in Affirmation, Encouragement, Faith, and It's Time to FLY

Is there a conflict or desire you’re reluctant to release to the Lord?

I want to trust Him with all my heart instead of leaning to my understanding, but Mt. Trust is not an easy climb.

The ascent is hindered by strong winds of doubt. The temperature dips when faith wavers. The jagged edges of fear constantly state the potential for harm.

And yet, when I agree with faith’s declaration, fear doesn’t have a chance. Dependency on God is seen as a gift. Surrender to Him becomes the pathway to freedom.

its-time-to-fly-climbIn Luke 9:57-62, a man wanted to follow Jesus, but first he wanted to say good-bye to his family. It seems like a harmless request, until I read “but first.”

As our faith matures, we learn to put Jesus first — while trusting Him with everything else and everyone else.

Christ told His wannabe follower “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Christ’s requirement for our devotion is not without regard to our needs. It’s to focus us on His love.

The “It’s Time to FLY” series is intended to show us the difference between approaching life with eagle-like precision or living bound by earthly limitations.

Which approach do you use?  Some days, I vacillate. It’s not a good look. But these looks give us the lift we need:

Don’t look down, look up.

Psalm 121:1-2

Don’t look at yourself, look at Christ.

Matthew 10:39

And whatever you do, don’t look back.

Luke 9:62

Where we look is where we lean. However, being elevated by grace takes us above what brings us down. It keeps us from being consumed by our fears or selfish desires. It frees us from the burden of our failures or being defined by our past.

Ironically, I can’t begin to climb Mt.Trust until I’m grounded in Christ’s love for me.

 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners – Romans 5:8 NLT

The assurance of His love gives me strength whenever Mt. Trust appears. As I yield to His will in the valley, it gives me the best outlook for the climb. It is the only sure path to having hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

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