Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning it shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).

We give the Lord Jesus our full attention today!  Everyday is the Lord’s day, but today we especially remember and celebrate His great sacrifice and triumphant resurrection.  I wish you a very blessed Easter Sunday full of the love of God and family, thanksgiving and joy.

As I think on the words “for the joy set before Him,” I realize that Jesus could visualize us reconciled to God; He could see beyond the cross.  Our having a righteousness to stand before God was about to be made possible through the pouring out of His blood, and Jesus could see it.

The ability of our mind to go before our actions and see our obedience fulfilled is a powerful tool that we need to employ.  Even in the natural, I have to engage my mind and see myself going through the motions.  For instance, before I go out on a run, I first see myself on the course I will run.  I visualize the distance, the fatigue and the pressing through.

Our spiritual race should be no different.  God has a call on each of our lives; there is a mission that He is equipping us to accomplish.  There are times that we sense that calling; something within us awakens to the possibility, but we do not act upon it.  For some, it just seems too far out of reach.  We sweep the picture out of our minds and hearts as though it is an unwanted intruder.

Can I challenge you today?  Will you be open to the dreams and plans of God?  When He speaks to your heart, will you engage your mind and see yourself following the Lord into that unknown territory?  Visualize your obedience.  See yourself running your spiritual race, going the distance and pushing through the difficulty.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders; let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me.  Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.  “Oceans”  (Hillsong)

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