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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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Falsely Accused

Spirit-Lifting Thoughts for Today_150 x 150_jpg“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12

Blessed are you when others revile you, reproach you, falsely accuse you and call you by evil and contemptuous names. They said the same of Jesus – that he was a Samaritan and had a devil (John 8:48); that he was mad (John 10:20); and they even reviled and mocked him while dying on the cross (Matthew 27:39-44).

Sometimes people may accuse you falsely of all manner of evil in order to slander your good name. But don’t fret about this. There is great blessing ahead for you if you bear it patiently.

Remember, that although reviled, Jesus reviled not back. When we suffer unwarranted persecution we should follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to imitate his example, and even to suffer for his sake (Philippians 1:29). The godly can look forward to a reward, while the wicked can expect only judgment (Proverbs 11:23).

– Luis Josephus

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“I Will Sing” by Don Moen

There are times, not only in our darkest hour, when we find it hard to pray as we ought. At times He seems so far away. But, God calls us to give him thanks in all situations; to praise him for who He is; and to sing of his glory. He calls us to rejoice in Him always.

“For the fig tree will not flower,
and there will be no bud on the vines.
The labor of the olive tree will be misleading,
and the farmland will produce no food.
The sheep will be cut off from the sheepfold,
and there will be no herd at the manger.
But I will rejoice in the Lord;
and I will exult in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength.
And he will set my feet like those of the deer.
And he, the victor, will lead me beyond
my high places while singing psalms.”

– Habakkuk 3:17:19


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Struggling Faith

Grace For Today“When however they persisted with their accusations, He [Jesus] raised His head and said to them, “Let the sinless man among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” – John 8:7

Many people are quick to criticize and judge others who fall into sin or fail to live up to their standards of perfection.  But the truth of the matter is, none of us are perfect – no matter how much we say we love God or try to keep His commandments.

The Bible tells us that we are “saved by grace through  faith” in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross on our behalf. We must remember that, even after we are saved and spiritually born again, we are still far from being perfect. We are all a “work-in-progress” for the rest of our lives. We will still commit mistakes and sin everyday, make wrong moral choices, and fail to live up to the righteous expectations of our holy God. We even have days that our faith is weak and wonder if we are really saved at all.

But does that make us phonies? Or does anyone else have the right to judge us or question our salvation? Not at all! Even Abraham, who is considered the “father of our faith” struggled with his faith and made wrong moral choices.

In Genesis 12:10-20, we are disappointed to learn that Abram, a great man of faith, was also a man of moral weakness. At 65 years of age, Abram took his family to Egypt. Because he feared for his life, he sold his beautiful wife Sarai into adultery with the Pharaoh of Egypt. He lied about Sarai being his sister and permitted her to become the sexual plaything of the King. Fortunately God intervened before Sarai was defiled and struck Pharaoh and all his other wives and family with disease.

When Abram’s deception was exposed, Pharaoh was mad. He declared, “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you lie to me and say, ‘She is my sister.’?” Ashamed and humiliated, Abram, Sarai and their entire clan were expelled from Egypt.

Abram’s character weakness and failure to trust God to protect him and deliver him out of any danger shows that, this great man of faith, still had “issues”. His faith still faltered at times, and his personal works did not line up with the religion he professed.

Does that sound familiar?

I think many of us can relate to that story. I know I can. I think many of us will admit we have done things that we regret and that has brought shame to the name of Christ. When we sin and make mistakes, don’t give up; God is very forgiving, merciful and patient with us. Confess your sins to Him and promise to do better. When you fall, pick yourself up and get back in the race. Keep pressing on towards the finish line and you will ultimately win the prize.

FAITH STEP

Memorize the verse: “If we confess our sins,[to God] He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Remember that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. The good work He has started in us will be completed one day. Don’t ever give up on God – no matter what. He will never leave us or abandon us.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for your great mercy, forgiveness and compassion. Please forgive me of my sins today. I confess that I am weak and make mistakes. Strengthen me more and more each day and help me to live up to your holy standards. Thank you for Jesus who paid the penalty for my sins on the cross. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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