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Walking By Faith – Not Feelings

Walking By Faith – Not Feelings.

“Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

Faith is not something that we can see or touch. We believe in God’s promises not because we can see it, but because we simply believe it. Our spirit man confirms to our minds and hearts that God is trustworthy in what He says, and thus we believe.

In fact, faith itself is a “gift from God” (Ephesians 2:8). We would not even be able to “believe” unless God gives us the gift of faith. Jesus confirmed this when He said, “No man can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him..” (John 6:44).

Jesus also declared many times to those who were miraculously healed, “Your faith has made you well.” We are saved and justified by faith (Romans 3:28). The book of Hebrews also teaches us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 1:1).

God’s Word continually reminds us that the Christian life is a life of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. For we live by believing, and not by seeing, nor by what we “feel”.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6.

When we are “walking by faith”, we are affirming that the Christian is on a journey, or a pilgrimage, as he travels to another country. The sense here is that we remain hopeful and focused on the end of the journey, which is unseen, yet just as real as the present, which is seen.

By faith, we believe in those things which we do not see.

Living by faith is contrasted from living simply under the influence of things that are seen, or by what our feelings tells us. Since we cannot see God (or even feel Him sometimes), we know that He is always present with us. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). As Christian who are full of faith, we live, and think, and act as if there were a God, and as if we can always see Him.

“We believe in the existence of objects which are invisible, and we are influenced by them. To walk by faith, is to live in the confident expectation of things that are to come; in the belief of the existence of unseen realities; and suffering them to influence us as if they were seen. The people of this world are influenced by the things that are seen. They live for wealth, honor, splendor, praise, for the objects which this world can furnish, and as if there were nothing which is unseen, or as if they ought not to be influenced by the things which are unseen. The Christian, on the contrary, has a firm conviction of the reality of the glories of heaven; of the fact that the Redeemer is there; of the fact that there is a crown of glory; and he lives, and acts as if that were all real, and as if he saw it all. The simple account of faith, and of living by faith is, that we live and act as if these things were true, and suffer them to make an impression on our mind according to their real nature…” – Barnes’ Notes on the Bible.

Our enemy, the devil, wants to deceive us and control us through our feelings, and the lies he whispers into our thoughts, producing assumptions which are not true, such as “God doesn’t love me anymore”, “He doesn’t want to heal me”, or “I’m suffering this way because He’s punishing me for my sins.” These kind of thoughts contradict God’s promises to us in the Bible.  We must always remember that the devil is a liar and the “father of lies” (see John 8:44). He works on our minds and our feelings to try to discourage us from believing God at His Word. That’s why unbelief is so destructive to the Christian faith.

Anytime you begin to believe the devil’s lies, instead of God’s truth, you’re not going to be healed or receive your blessing. Once we believe the lies of Satan, the lies affect our emotions, our feelings get stirred up in the wrong direction, it affects the decisions we make. Then, we lose our faith and get out of the will of God.

Unfortunately, most Christians live more by their feelings than their faith.

I often hear the following complain, “I don’t feel God loves me.” I tell them, “As a matter of fact He does. He proved it on the cross – Read John 3:16.” Or they may say, “I’ve lost hope that I have a good future.” I reassure them, “As a matter of fact you do. In Jeremiah 29:11 God tells us, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Waiting on a Miracle. Living outside the realm of feelings.

Believers who only live by their emotions or feelings, tend to make a lot of mistakes and false assumptions. We have to learn how to live beyond our feelings and obey God’s Word – even when we don’t feel like it. We need to follow God’s promises for our lives and not let our feelings dictate what we believe.

Do you tell yourself: “I don’t feel healed today”, or “I may not feel healed today, but God promised that I am already healed, in Jesus’ name.” The difference between one statement and the second is FAITH. Faith continues to believe God’s promises of healing and provision of every other blessing, even though we don’t see it happening yet, or even feel it.

Whatever miracle you’re believing God for in your life today, believe that He can do it.

Confess His Bible promises over and over again, until they become a reality – no matter how long it takes. Keep walking in faith, and thanking Him for your miracle as it was already a done matter. Some healings and miracles are instant, whereas others take more time to manifest. It’s all in God’s timing.

God promised Abraham that He would have a son although physically it seemed an impossible task. His wife Sarah was well beyond child-bearing age. But Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to Him for righteousness. After 20 years of waiting for his miracle, God finally came through, and Sarah gave birth to their son Isaac.

You may be thinking, “Well, that was in the Old Testament. I don’t feel God still does those kinds of miracles today.” Nothing could be further from the truth. God is still the same today as He was yesterday. He is still in the “miracle business”. What He did for Abraham and other people of faith in the past, He can do it for you.

Study all of God’s promises in the Bible. Write them down, and study them. Commit them to memory. Then, pray for God’s grace to believe Him for the seemingly impossible, and you will see it come to pass!

– Luis Josephus

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What God Thinks About Me Matters Most

the right wayIt’s hard sometimes to be different. When you follow the truth and refuse to compromise with the world’s ways by participating in the ungodly deeds and celebrations of the ignorant and rebellious. It can be lonely and isolating.

But God comforts us for our faithfulness and dedication by blessing us with His loving presence, divine approval, and enduring peace. He whispers to our hearts, “Well done, my good and faithful child.”

– Luis Josephus

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“The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is the true test of character.” – Margaret Chase Smith


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The Sorcerer’s Sin

Cast out the demon of bitterness

“For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” – Acts 8:23

In the Book of Acts we read the account of Simon the sorcerer’s sin. When the apostles heard of a revival taking place in Samaria, they sent Peter and John to minister the Word of God there. Many had believed the gospel under the preaching of Phillip and were water baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. But none had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. So the apostles laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit (with the evidence of speaking in tongues).

Among those who supposedly had believed in Jesus was a Samaritan sorcerer by the name of Simon. Keep in mind, that a sorcerer in those times was the equivalent of what we would call today “an occultist”, “New Ager”, or “wizard” – one who tries to control others by practicing witchcraft, conjures up spells, and traffics with demons. They were generally God-haters who sold their souls to Satan in order to gain supernatural powers from the devil.

Apparently, Simon the Sorcerer attended the Samaritan’s revival meetings, saw people giving their lives to Jesus, and witnessed all manner of supernatural signs and wonders that God began to do. Miraculous healings were taking place and demons were exorcised, as well as people getting baptized in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and living transformed lives.

As it often happens, when people start seeing the awesome move of God in a church or town, the word gets around and large crowds begin to gather. Many in these crowds genuinely commit their lives to following Jesus, while others only make a superficial profession of faith. Those who genuinely are saved will give evidence of changed lives and bear the good fruits of salvation. Others profess to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, but, either never demonstrate changed lives, or after a time they forsake Him and return to their old ways.

Peter discerns Simon to be a false professor.

Having the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit, the apostle Peter saw right through Simon the Sorcerer and realized he was a phony. Peter told him, “Your heart is not right in the sight of God…For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” (Acts 8:21-23). The word Bitterness in the original Greek (pikria – pik-ree’-ah) means an embittered, resentful spirit.

Peter rightly discerned the root of bitterness in Simon the Sorcerer’s heart and  his desire to deceive and manipulate others. This prompted his eagerness to purchase the gift of the Holy Spirit from Peter and John. Although Simon had believed in Jesus and had been water baptized, the residue of an evil heart continued to govern his life as he still sought power to control others for selfish or self-exalting purposes.

Peter confronted Simon to repent and be delivered. However, Simon refuses and continues to follow the dictates of his bitter heart. If only Simon had willingly forgiven those who he had become embittered to, he could have been saved and set free from his bondage to the demons that controlled him. Forgiveness is the only remedy for bitterness. It flushes out all “poison” from the heart with the power of the cross of Jesus Christ.

Remember that unforgiveness has destroyed the faith of many believers in Jesus Christ. If you have any resentment or bitterness towards anyone in your life, get rid of it today.

– Luis Josephus

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COMMENT from Cynthia Spinner: “This is good, thank u my friend, perfect timing, it confirms what I am studying. G-d intervenes and confirms through people. Amen.”