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"keep our eyes riveted upon Christ"   by Diana M. Cline

As I'm writing this article my phone is ringing, a child is talking to me about football, my daughter is asking me questions about her plans for tomorrow, and my son is asking to use my phone. Someone is ringing the bell, I'm solving a church bus issue, answering another question on the phone, and listening to a conversation directed at me while waiting to pick up my mother in laws vehicle that I took for repairs this morning. Hectic isn't just a word in the dictionary but a description of my life!

The stress and pressures of life cause our heads to turn in so many directions that we get off focus. In Revelation 1, Christ reveals Himself to John. It's incredible to walk with John, while he is in the Spirit, through the verses as he sees Christ. And all through Revelation we are welcomed to a broad view of worship and focus on Christ. How I would love to start quoting Revelation in the midst of all this chaos ... "Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever .... You are worthy, 0 Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and by your will they exist and were created .... Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing .... Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways, 0 King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, 0 Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy." Can you see Christ yet? "King of Kings and Lord of Lords .... We give You thanks, 0 Lord God Almighty, The One who is and was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned .... Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"

Finally! I've regained my focus. Can you see Him? Isn't He much more beautiful than the mess of our day to day lives? Isn't He greater than our problems, more powerful than the giants we're struggling with? Doesn't His holiness eclipse all of the unrighteousness and evil of this world and His truth destroy all the lies of our culture? May we deny the noise and pressure of this world and focus and keep our eyes riveted upon Christ till our praises overcome our stresses.
Diana M. Cline

Jesus Cares Ministry



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