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Focus on God – Live Out Our Faith

2 Corinthians 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Life ChangeI love this passage. It so speaks to focusing on the eternal rather than the temporal. Focusing on the things of God and the promises of God rather than on what we can see with our eyes – understand with our minds – or hold in our hands. Unfortunately – many of us often focus on what we can see rather than what has been promised.

An example of this is Abraham and Sarah. They were promised by God that they would have many descendants – but late in life they couldn’t see the promise fulfilled so they took things into their own hands. Sarah gave Abraham her maidservant Hagar to bear him children because she was barren (Genesis 16). Of course God wasn’t late in fulfilling His promise – God gave Abraham and Sarah a child – Isaac – and he did become the father of a great nation – the Hebrews. Hagar’s son did as well. His name was Ishmael – and he became the father of Muslims.

Remember what Paul writes later in this Epistle – 2 Corinthians 5:7 – We live by faith, not by sight. Today as we walk our journey – let us remember what God has promised us – things like – I will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6) – or – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9) and – we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).

My prayer for us today is that we will trust God in all we face and seek His face as we desire His grace. My prayer is that we will focus on God. As I mentioned yesterday in the message – I pray that we will be able to develop a relationship with Jesus – so that He will know us full well. Remember – head knowledge is not enough – we need heart knowledge as well – we need a relationship with Jesus.

Let us go forth and live out our faith. Let us focus on the things that are eternal rather than the things that are temporal. Let us build a lasting relationship with Jesus – rather than spend time on the temporal.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

March 25, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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