One of the essential lessons for a believer is to know what to do in the midst of life’s storms. The Bible teaches that the only way to rise above your circumstances is to put your focus on Jesus and keep your eyes on Him, no matter what you may be going through. You must depend on Him for everything.
Paul wrote that Christ has been made our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). But if you subtract Jesus from the equation, you have none of these things! He is the key to our victory, and that’s why we must keep our eyes on Him at all times.
Jesus is the answer to every problem you will ever have and every challenge you will ever face. Unfortunately, though, during adverse circumstances it’s often tempting to take your eyes off Jesus and start looking at other things. You may even try to figure out how you can get yourself out of whatever situation you’re in.
The account of Peter walking on the water is a great example of what you can accomplish when you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus (Matthew 14:25-31). Peter was bold enough to step out in faith in order to walk on the water, even in the midst of the storm raging around him.
As long as Peter kept his eyes on the Lord, he was able to do something that defied natural laws. He was walking in the supernatural, just like Jesus was!
Don’t miss this: Peter literally became what he was beholding. As he beheld what Jesus was doing, Jesus enabled him to do the same.
However, Peter then began to look at the natural things that were taking place around him. He saw the waves rising higher and higher and felt the winds increasing to phenomenal speeds. His physical senses began to take over, and all of a sudden he was no longer focused on Jesus. As a result, he began to sink, causing Jesus to catch him and save him from drowning.
You probably know what it’s like to be in the midst of a storm. Maybe, like Peter, you started out with your focus on Jesus but got distracted by what was going on around you.
I’m convinced that everything the devil does in our lives is to get us to take our eyes off Jesus. Every bill, every irritation in our marriage, and every pain in our body is designed to prevent us from walking in the supernatural realm, which is where our deliverance, healing, and prosperity are obtained. Often it’s hard to behold the Lamb of God and keep our eyes fixed on Him.
Your relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important part of your life. In Him is everything you will ever need to be successful in overcoming the challenges you go through (2 Peter 1:3).
As you continually look to Jesus, He will be the “author and finisher” of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). He will lead you to overwhelming victory, even amid the storms of life.
Creflo Dollar is founder and pastor of World Changers Church International based in College Park, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Dollar also heads the Creflo Dollar Ministerial Association, Creflo Dollar Ministries, and Arrow Records. Learn more at CrefloDollarMinistries.org.