Let’s imagine Jesus saying to us, “If you keep your eyes on Me, you can walk on water!” Peter did it. Why was he able to do such a phenomenal thing? Because he had his eyes on Jesus. Yes, we all know it was short-lived. But he did it. He actually walked on the water! But then he began to sink. That’s what the Bible says—he began to sink! You don’t “begin” to sink. You just go straight to the bottom. How is it that Peter only “began” to sink? Jesus had said to Peter, “Come.” When Peter stepped out of the boat, he was literally walking on the Word spoken by Jesus. That’s why he only “began” to sink, because he was being upheld by the Word.
What caused him to begin to sink? Because fear and doubt entered in. Peter started looking at the storm, hearing the howling winds, and seeing the height of the waves. And fear and doubt entered into his heart. Why? Because he took his eyes off Jesus. When you’re going through a storm—an adversity, some trouble, a terrible report from the doctor—keep your eyes on Jesus and don’t take them off Him. I cannot emphasize how critically important this is. No matter what you hear, no matter what you feel, do not take your eyes off Jesus! If you keep your eyes on Him you’ll be able to rise above that storm instead of sinking under the weight of it.
When you’re looking at Jesus, you’re looking at truth, and that keeps you from being deceived by the lies of the enemy. When you’re looking at Jesus, you’re looking at victory because He IS victory. When you’re looking at Jesus, you’re looking at health and whole- ness. He is healing.
When I say “keep your eyes on Jesus,” I mean think on the victory He has already won for you. It’s your victory. Think on the powerful work He accomplished at Calvary. It was at Calvary that satan and all his kingdom were defeated, and that means sickness and disease were defeated. Think on the fact that He rose up from the grave and remind yourself that because He rose up you too will rise up. Keep your eyes on Jesus and think on these things!
See with spiritual eyes. Look at things in the spirit dimension. What are you looking at? Are you looking at the problem, the circumstances? Are you looking at the symptoms, the test results? I hope you’re looking at Jesus. Decide that you are not going to focus on the problem. Doing that can hinder your victory. Listen, you can’t build a mountain and tear one down at the same time. Jesus tells us to speak to our mountain—the obstacle, the problem—and tell it to go (see Mark 11:23). Jesus tells us to speak to our mountain, not about it. You’ll never see it go if you’re constantly looking at it and talking about it. When you do that, you’re building that mountain up continually, making it bigger and bigger. How can you expect to tear it down if you are constantly building it up? You can’t!
What you look at determines how you think. How you think determines your outcome. The enemy does not want you to put your eyes on Jesus. Do you know where he wants you to put your eyes? On the symptoms, the diagnosis, the prognosis, the test results. As long as you stay focused on those things you are vulnerable to his lies. Don’t buy the lie! Keep reminding yourself what God’s Word says because God’s Word is truth; it’s pure truth and it’s the only truth. Truth trumps the lie every time! Truth triumphs!
It matters how you see. See yourself healed and free of disease. See it right now! See yourself being able to do things you can’t do now. If all you see in your life is your illness, you’ll never get well because what you look at and focus on will predominate your thoughts. And your thoughts determine your outcome. Look at the Word of God and believe what you see there! Have a knowing in your heart and tell yourself, “These things are going to change. This is only temporary.” Rather than looking at the problem, see the solution. Jesus is the solution! Whether it’s healing or it’s a financial difficulty or a family issue or some other problem, Jesus is the solution!
Grasp the vision. See yourself free of doctor visits, treatments, medications. See yourself free of every trace of disease. Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the three Hebrew boys in Daniel chapter 3? They went into the fiery furnace, and they came out of the fiery furnace. They came out because Jesus went in with them. King Nebuchadnezzar said, “Oh my, I thought we put three men in there. But I see a fourth. And he looks like the Son of God!” He didn’t know who that Man was, but we do. He was the pre-incarnate Jesus! He was in the fire with them, and when they came out their clothes were not burned, their hair was not singed, and they didn’t even have the smell of smoke on them! No residual effects whatsoever! It’s God’s intent that when you come out of this disease, this fiery trial, you’ll have no residual effects whatsoever. See yourself that way now! See yourself well and free of disease, free of pain, now! The only thing that burned in that furnace were the ropes that had those young men bound. The thing that has tried to bind you—sickness, infirmity, disease, symptoms—will be gone! You have been set free!
The more you look at a problem, the more you’ll believe in the problem. As you look at it and think about it, the problem gets bigger and bigger in your eyes, and eventually it begins to look bigger than God. Remember the Israelites who came out of Egypt? They kept looking at what they saw until what they saw became so big they lost sight of their God. They kept looking at and thinking about what they saw, instead of thinking about who they belonged to. They had an assignment from God. They were to go in and possess the Promised Land. God had said He had given them the land. In other words, they possessed the land even before they went in to battle for it. If you’re born again, God has already provided your healing.
It’s one of the benefits of redemption. God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). Many of God’s people don’t know healing belongs to them. They live in chronic illness and pain, and some even die from their illness because they do not know healing was provided for them. That is so sad. I want you to be armed with knowledge. I want you to live long and live strong. I want you to conquer every illness that comes your way, overcome every attack of the enemy. You can do it!
Paul says in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.” In other words, as we go through life, as we run our race, as we do the things we are called to do, we continually keep our eyes on Jesus. Refuse to focus on your problem any longer. Keep your eyes on Jesus and SEE the victory!