Focus on the Person, Not the Pain

Last week the Lord Jesus spoke to my heart and said:

When I suffered on the cross, my pain was not my main focus. My experience of pain was real, but I did not keep the pain in front of me.cross-istock_000011455820small-2.jpg

At the time, I was in pain physically and after a few months or years of pain anyone can tell you that there comes a point where the pain is ALL you think about.  Without meaning to, I became discontented, complaining, and focused on the pain.

A few days ago the Lord Jesus added one more insight when He said:

When I suffered on the cross, I focused on the PERSON, not the pain. I focused on my Father, and kept the pain secondary.

What a revelation for me! The Lord Jesus gave me insight on how I can share in His sufferings. I am not really talking about bodily pain or sickness as much as I am the overall journey of coming to know Jesus–not just what he suffered or why he suffered but how he suffered.

Do I know Him?  Do I really know HOW He suffered?  Am I fellowshipping with Jesus there? Do I see the pain (physical or otherwise) in front of me or do I see the PERSON of the Father before me today?

Join me in fixing our eyes on our Father in heaven and focusing on His glory, His power, His strength, and His purpose. We can trust the Father for we know that He loves us utterly!

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10,11).

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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2 Responses to Focus on the Person, Not the Pain

  1. beckyjoyates says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Hope–it hit the spot exactly where I needed it! I so appreciate this perspective! You continually point me to the cross and the love of our Jesus. Bless you, sweet friend!

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  2. Becky, thanks for stopping in and taking some of your valuable time to read. I am amazed at the revelation on the cross that I’ve been receiving within the last few weeks. Part of me thinks, Wow, it’s not even Easter! Silly, eh? Another part of me thinks that after 5 years of writing a blog on Lift Jesus’ Cross, I should be pretty much tapped out. But Jesus GRABS me with yet another whisper, another insight into HIS perspective and I am undone. Jesus I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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