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"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Heb. 12:2)

Hebrews 4:1 says, "Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight..." (That is fear, worry, concern, anxiety) "...and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus...."

Now the Amplified Translation says, "Looking away from all that will distract to Jesus." When the enemy brings all these things before you, he is trying to get your attention off of the Savior, the Anointed One.

He is distracting you from the anointing in you and the job you're supposed to do in the kingdom, by bringing your attention to cares, worries, and concerns of the world. So what should you do? Look unto Jesus.

Looking unto Jesus is looking at what the Word said. When you get what the Word said, it will give you rest. Now, I had to deal with cares with one of our building projects. I asked my congregation to pray about three things concerning the new facility.

Pray that the steel arrived supernaturally early. Pray that those who were working would have wisdom, understanding, and strength. Pray for the best weather. I had to look unto Jesus because if these things didn't happen like that, it would have cost us extra money. In addition to that, it would have pushed back the move.

So I had to look unto what the Word said. And the Word said to me, my God does supply all the needs. The word said unto me, fear not. Be not worried or dismayed or have anxiety about anything. The word told me, to give Him thanks that it's done. So that's what I had to do. Looking unto Jesus gave me rest and peace.

Now, that's a decision. It takes a decision of quality to look away form all that will distract and look only to Jesus. That means you have to have courage, because your face is going to be against the wind.

But as you set yourself to look to Jesus, then it will be just as God said. You decide which way it's going to be. And then look to Jesus regardless of what comes your way.

Scripture references: 2 Corinthians 4:18; Hebrews 12:1-4

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
 
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.
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