“Looking to Jesus”

Dear HLPC family,

It’s June 28th.  On this day in Charles Spurgeon’s devotional, Morning by Morning, is provided one of my favorites in the book.  I’ve used it before as a Pastor’s Pen.  Let’s read it again and let the “Prince of Preachers” give us some encouragement today:

“Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, although that is the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits.  Therefore, do not look so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ as to Christ; do not look to your hope but to Jesus, the source of your hope; do not look to your faith, but to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of your faith. We will never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our deeds, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.  If we are to overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by ‘looking to Jesus.’  Keep your eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercessions be fresh upon your mind.  When you waken in the morning look to Him; when you lie down at night look to Him. Do not let your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail you.”

Your Pastor,