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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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With God All Things Are Possible

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Faith is the necessary link to receiving God’s blessings and miracles.

Jesus taught us that, if we believe, whatever we ask of God the Father in prayer we will receive. Since He created all things and His power is unlimited, is there anything too hard for God to do? If we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, in harmony with His will, God will move heaven and earth to answer our prayers. That’s how much He loves us!

Even if we don’t see our petitions answered right away, we must continue to persevere in faith that God hears our prayers. Continue to trust that God’s delays are not His denials. Sometimes He may delay His answer in fulfillment of His perfect timing for all things. Continue to trust that His wisdom and planning for our lives is infinitely superior to ours, and He is working everything out for our very good.

– Luis Josephus

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Health Benefits of Ripe Bananas

Bananas_ripenAccording to Japanese Scientific Research, full ripe banana with dark patches on yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The more darker patches it has the higher will be its immunity enhancement quality; Hence, the riper the banana the better the anti-cancer quality. Yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8x more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than green skin version.

As a banana ripens and turns yellow, its levels of antioxidants increases. These antioxidants in ripe bananas protect your body against cancer and heart diseases.

Eating 1-2 bananas a day increases immunity.

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Our God

By Chris Tomlin

“Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.” – Psalm 86:8

Water you turned into wine
Opened the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like you, none like You!

Into the darkness you shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like you none like You!

Our God is greater,
Our God is stronger,
God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer,
Awesome in Power,
Our God! Our God!


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Is it now lawful to eat all types of meats?

Yes. Under the New Covenant that Jesus instituted, all dietary prohibitions against unclean meats have been removed. However, it is important that all foods should be received with thanksgiving and prayer. The apostle Paul declared that all creatures were created by God to be received with thanksgiving of them that believe and know the truth.

“For every creature of God is good, and not to be rejected, if it be received with gratitude: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” – I Timothy 4:4-5

First of all, we must give thanks to God for every meal we partake each day, recognizing that without our heavenly Father’s loving provision of health, work and finances, we could not survive or provide for our families. Secondly, through prayer, any harmful chemicals, bacteria or toxins that our food might contain is eliminated.

A proper prayer over our meals might include, “LORD, we thank you for providing this meal we are about to eat. We ask that you purify it and sanctify it, make it nourishing to our bodies, In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

Also, it is important to consider that our Christian liberty is never license for failing to maintain certain health precautions. Common sense and wisdom, as well as modern scientific evidence dictates that we follow the following guidelines:

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meats.
  • Cook foods properly.
  • Avoid overeating and gluttony.
  • Eliminate high fat and sugar intake.
  • Do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain good habits of cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Allow for ample rest.

If you observe the above guidelines as well as praying over each meal with thanksgiving, you shall do well. God desires that all His faithful children should be in good health and prosper, as well as live long lives.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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FOR FURTHER STUDY:

Jesus said that what defiles a man is not what he eats, but what comes out of his heart.
Mark 7:18-19

What God has cleansed, let no man call unclean or common.
Acts 10:15

Let no man judge you in food or in drink.
Colossians 2:16

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Comment from Cygnet: “Exactly! I think that people who try to follow the old covenant are people much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They were prideful that their actions were to the letter of the law than they were receptive to God’s love. Salvation is not contingent upon what I do, but upon what He [Jesus] has already done for each of us. Praise God for His Grace!”


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Unbelief in the Christian Church

“I didn’t feel, though, that many of the Christians within our circle
actually believed in the power of prayer to heal. Everyone readily volunteered to pray for [my son] Chad, that’s true, but when I asked whether spiritual gifts like healing were as active today as in the time of the New Testament, I ran into demurrals (a mild, polite, or considered expression of opposition). Many thought the miraculous times of the Scriptures had passed…But I didn’t see in the Bible where a time limit was placed on the healing prayer. Maybe I didn’t want to see this because my son was sick, but why would Christ suspend His promise to His followers that they would do “greater” miracles than Him? (John 14:12)”

– Dr. Chauncey Crandall.


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The Demonstration of Kingdom Power

“Let us seek first the Kingdom of God – not as an idea, or a doctrine, or a theological position, but as a way of living! At least Paul could say, “my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). Is anyone frustrated by the fact that all too often the only thing we have to offer people in the name of Jesus are pretty words?

At some point sermons and songs fail and something of the very Life and power and glory and majesty of God must come forth to meet real, practical needs. Healing the sick and casting out devils was (and is) as much a part of the Kingdom of God as preaching and teaching. Everyone we pray for is not instantly healed and delivered, but let us pray for them anyway. We may not yet see all things submitted to Him, but can we not at least expect to see some things submitted to Him?”

– Chip Brogden