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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. Continue reading

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Faith and the Holy Scriptures

2 Corinthians 4:18

For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

profileThere is a school of thought – if you can’t touch it – if you can’t prove it – if you can’t repeat it – you can’t believe in it.  I would flunk out of this school because my faith is far greater than the minuscule faith required for the previously stated belief.

Here is what the Bible says about faith.

Hebrews 11:11 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. Continue reading

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Fix Your Eyes on the Eternal Rather than the Temporal

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.

I 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 – we often focus on what we can see rather than what has been promised.

An example of this is Abraham and Sarah.  They were promised many descendants by God – 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 too – Ishmael became the father of the Muslims.

Remember what Paul writes later in this Epistle – 2 Corinthians 5:7 – We live by faith, not by sight.  Today as you walk your journey – remember what God has promised you – 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.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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