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Thursday, July 26, 2012

THE EYES OF FAITH

Hebrews 11:1,3 (AMP) “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. … By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible."

          It’s easy to believe something we can see, touch and taste. No faith is required. The Amplified translation of the essential definition of ‘faith’ expands that definition to make its’ meaning a little more clear. The faith we have in God is our own personal confirmation that the things we believe are real despite not yet being revealed to our senses. Faith and trust go hand in hand. We believe that things are so without a shred of visible proof and place our trust in that which we believe. Our faith becomes stronger as our belief becomes experiential. Living our faith reveals new facets of our belief system to us if we are paying attention for we begin to see things through spiritual eyes. People throughout the centuries have had faith in many things however faith in God has stood the test of time. We seek Him and are satisfied that He hears and moves on our behalf. When we trust only in that which we can see our life is confined to our own limited sight and that which is directly around us. When we place faith in a limitless God, our vision is expanded to see all of eternity.
          Our faith doesn’t grow without being exercised. We must spend time with the exerciser of our faith, namely God. He will test our faith, allowing it the chance to grow stronger and expand over time. Patience is required for everything in God’s universe to take time. While some things occur immediately, delays are common. This is where trust and patience come into play. God knows what He’s doing. He is slowly molding us and making us into all He knows we can be for Him. Our lives are not for our pleasure alone, but for God’s pleasure. It is in living a life of faith within the parameters God has set that our greatest fulfillment comes. We often buck and strain at the leash, but to have our own way could potentially be disastrous. God rewards those who have set their eyes on Him and Him alone. Doing our own thing isn’t an option, for it falls outside what our Heavenly Father knows is best for us. This doesn’t mean we cannot do anything without first consulting God. What it means is that if our faith and trust is deeply rooted in God, we will seek to please Him in all we think, say and do. It is by this set of standards we ourselves have established through the precepts we find in His word that we will find all that we seek in this life. The peace, love, comfort, guidance and hope we all seek can be found nowhere else and in no one else.

WALK WITH THE KING TODAY AND BE A BLESSING!!