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A Moment of Gaze

Lesson No.

5

Apr 29, 2023

Subject: A Moment of Gaze

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14: 22 – 31

Memory Verses: Proverbs 4: 25 – 27


Objective: To highlight the impacts of not fixing our eyes on Jesus.


Introduction: In this present world, it is very easy to get distracted. This is a tactic of the enemy to interfere in the lives of believers. This allows us to lose focus on what really matters, and focus on what we deem important to us. Most of us struggle to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. If we truly know the benefits of remaining steadfast and the consequences involved when we shift our focus, then our walk with Christ will be intentional.


1. As believers, whom are we encouraged to look to according to Hebrews 12: 2 (first part), Philippians 3: 14?


2. What benefits await believers who fix their eyes on Jesus? Isaiah 45: 22


3. First Corinthians 9: 24 – 27 speak expressly about running to obtain the prize. As believers, what type of crown will we obtain, and what must be done to obtain this prize?


Note: Blinkers, sometimes known as blinders, are used on horses during a race to allow the horse to focus on the track and avoid distraction from its opponents. As Christians, we need to put on spiritual blinders which are crucial in our walk with Christ. Just as the blinders keep the horse from being distracted, so too will our spiritual blinders keep us from running off course and allow us to win the race and obtain the prize awaiting at the finish line. Let us therefore fix our eyes on Jesus – the pioneer of our faith!


4. A moment of gaze can be very detrimental to our walk with Christ. How did Lot’s wife meet her demise? Genesis 19: 24 – 26


5. Peter became distracted by what surrounded him while he walked on water. What took place as a result of Peter taking his eyes off Jesus? Matthew 14: 28 – 30


Note: Peter’s experience offers a helpful analogy of hope for believers in the scripture. If he kept his eyes on Jesus, he would have been able to meet Jesus on the water. Sometimes we face painful situations or despair, failures and trials that redirect our focus from God. We are encouraged not to be distracted by storms that may blow our way or be carried away with the lust of this world that will pull us under the waters – deteriorating our spiritual walk and opening our lives to satanic deception.


6. What will be the result for believers who take their eyes off Jesus? 1 Samuel 15: 24 – 26; 2 Samuel 11: 1 – 5; Joshua 5: 6


7. How are we encouraged? Psalm 121: 1; Philippians 4: 19; Hebrews 12: 1

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