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Walk By Faith, Not By Sight (In Context)

An often quoted verse from the Bible is "We walk by faith, not by sight."

This verse is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7.

It is commonly quoted when people are going through difficult times and are suffering as a result.

In these difficulties, they use this verse to declare their dependence upon God, even though they may see problems or be suffering in pain.

By quoting this verse, they are demonstrating their trust in the goodness of God, even though they are in the worst of situations.

Trusting God in the difficulties of life is biblical when we can’t escape the pain or find a solution to the problem.

Experiencing God’s Peace In Our Hearts And Minds

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be obvious to everyone. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.

Grace: The Motivation For Reconciliation

I urge Euodia and Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true yokefellow, to help these women who have labored with me for the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.” 

Philippians 4:2-3
Paul, The Apostle of Grace

In Philippians 4:1, Paul concluded his message about the righteousness that comes by faith alone in Jesus alone, telling the Philippian believers: “that is how you must stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.” Paul’s heart was to see them stand firm in what the Lord had done for them, receiving his righteousness by faith, rather than seeking to achieve righteousness through the religious and moral works put forth by the false teachers, whom Paul called “dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh!

God, I Just Don't Understand

Most, if not all of us, have said the following to God, "God, I just don't understand." The reason we have said this to God is because something has happened, or didn't happen, that we don't understand.

Maybe this is you.

You have said to God, "God, I just don't understand."

Your heart is hurting. Your mind is confused.

You were told by your Pastor, Bible teacher, small group leader, mentor, or friend that through your faith, through your right believing in the finished work of Jesus, God would bless you with a better job, a restored marriage, a healed body.

Jesus: The First Undercover Boss

If you have never seenUndercover Boss, it is about CEO's who step out of their corporate world and, in disguise, step into the real world of their employees by working side by side with them. From this experience, they learn much about the everyday lives of their employees both on and away from their jobs. Through this experience, the CEO's develop a greater understanding of their employees, which enable them to sympathize with them in ways they never could have if they had never stepped out of their corporate world and into the real world of their employees.

Disappointment With God

There are times in our lives when we become disappointed with God. We become disappointed because something we longed, prayed, and believed God for went unfulfilled. Not only did it go unfulfilled, but the exact opposite happened bringing tremendous pain into our lives. As a result, we become disappointed with God.

Disappointment with God can cause us to become bitter and angry toward God. It can cause us to doubt if God really cares or doubt if God exists at all. Discouragement and despair sets in.

Never Give Up On Prayer

Life is filled with pain, problems, and pressures. Each of these drives us to God in prayer. Through prayer, we share our feelings with God and make requests of God. With faith, we continue to pray even though we do not see evidence that God hears our prayers at all. However, after much prayer over the course of a long period of time, we feel as if our prayers have gone unheard and unanswered. Eventually, we reach the point where we want to give up on prayer. We lose hope. We lose confidence. We lose faith.

God, How Long Will This Last?

When we are going through problems and pain, we often ask God how long will they last. How long will the financial problems last? How long will the unemployment last? How long will the sickness last? How long will the family problems last? How long will I be in this place? How long will I hurt? How long will you abandon me, God? If you find yourself asking God,"How long?", be encouraged. David, described in the Bible as a man after God's own heart, asked the same question.

In Psalm 13, David asked God,"

10 Steps To Overcoming Addictions

STEP #1: Admit You Have A Problem

Many people with addictions try to hide their addictions from others. However, the longer they try to hide their addictions the longer they hurt. The first step to being set free from an addiction is to no longer keep it a secret. Part of the power of an addiction is keeping it private. By admitting to ourselves, God, and others our problem,  the power of the addiction begins to be broken.

STEP #2: Understand God's Grace

Our struggle with addictions makes us feel worthless.

Put Myself In Their Place

John Maxwell once said, "Before you put others in their place, put yourself in their place." It is so easy to seek to put people in their place who are struggling and suffering. From our vantage point, we believe we know why they are struggling and really believe they need to hear what we have to say. We believe if they would listen to what we have to say, then they would be in a different place, a better place. However, most of the time, we really do not know how they are feeling, all that is going on in their lives, what they are battling, or even all that is happening in the unseen spiritual warfare taking place behind the scenes of their lives.
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