Faith>Sight

God Gold of the Day

‘for we walk by faith, not by sight. ‘

2 Corinthians 5:7

I’m pumped up to share an awesome piece of truth with y’all today that I pray will not only impact today, but will springboard you to taking up this truth throughout your week!

Lately, the Lord has been teaching me this lesson more and more, and wouldn’t you know it that this verse from His Word keeps finding it’s way into my life! I know this is a super short verse but it holds SO MUCH POWERFUL TRUTH if we don’t overlook it and grab onto what God is telling us here.

In my everyday life, with work, school, time with my wife and others, I’ve seen this pattern continuing to come up in my life. I’ve noticed many areas where I was facing doubt, worry, and basing my actions off of what others around me do or say. Realizing this has been a big-time eye opener to me but also extremely convicting. I found myself asking good questions from this truth, “am I living off of sight, by what I see around me, what I see others do or say, by how I think I should feel or how I do feel? Or am I living by faith, seeing life through Jesus’ eyes and acting in ways that He would act?” 

Unfortunately, I saw the answers to those questions laid in the arena of sight more than faith. The things I noticed from living by sight was a hard pill to swallow but thank God for His truth and how He is constantly teaching us because without Him we would live our lives in the same old rotten hole and never be able to dig our way out. Living by sight, it was moments where I saw someone doing something that I know isn’t right and acting in a way that doesn’t line up with how Jesus would respond. Or in another scenario, if someone was treating me or speaking to me poorly then, I would find myself once again being controlled by the noise and situations around me in how I handled those moments. Living by sight is something that holds us back and puts a barrier between us and how God calls us to live.

Living by sight is living out of the negative energy and words we hear or see around us every single day and responding in a similar fashion. Living by sight is when we have work that must get done, work that God has called us to do, but living by sight we see it in a horizontal worldly perspective and fall prey to the lies of; “you don’t have what it takes to accomplish this task, look at how much you have to do, this is going to be so hard, you could never do all that.”

It’s things like that where living by sight brings out the worst in us, it holds us back and always makes excuses or justifies our actions to give minimal effort or handle situations in a poor hearted, low living way. Living by sight can be crippling, it can cause us to live by the ways people are acting or speaking around us instead of living in the truth of what God has shown us is right and living by our convictions of faith.

Now on the other hand, living by faith changes the game completely, instead of living out of how you feel, how others are acting around you, or what the world tells you is truth. Living by faith raises our perspective because our faith is in Jesus Christ! Therefore, our vision is lifted to seeing life through the lens of Jesus, we hear someone say something negative, where living by sight says stay quiet or be upset and negative in response because that’s what they deserve. Living by faith shows us a lifted up outlook on how to handle it, by faith in Christ we see how Christ would want us to handle it, to love and encourage others despite how they are acting, despite how they treat you, or what you think they deserve. Living by faith raises our standards of living to that of Jesus, and just like Jesus, acting out of faith instead of by sight, the world around us and the people around us is deeply affected by the way we act. Living by faith is going against the grain, yeah you may not feel like it, yeah you may have had a long day at work and nobody would think otherwise if you acted lazily or negative, but we aren’t called to live by sight and live out of the convictions of the world and what the world says is okay. We are called to live by faith and that means to stop looking at your situation in your small, horizontal human vision.

Living by faith says to lift your eyes up to Jesus, see Him and who He is, take notice of His powerful presence and provision in your life. Then watch all those false “sight expectations” you kept putting on so many areas of your life melt away in the place of Jesus. Living by sight sets our expectations super low, but LIVING BY FAITH says you are enough through Jesus who gives you strength, that what He has called you to He’s equipped you for, that no situation or task is too great for the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings to overcome!!!!

Living by sight can control you and have you living a very low, small and fearful life. That sucks. So let’s make a focus this week to not do that. Let’s live by faith and let the chains that we’ve been letting our “sight living” set for us be ripped away! You don’t have to act on how you feel, you don’t have to act by what you see, you get to act out of faith in Jesus and in sight of how Jesus would act!!! Live by faith, not by sight, for sight holds you back and through faith, Jesus can do some pretty awesome things in your life!!!!

God Gold of the day

 

‘And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.’

2 Corinthians 5:15-21

I’ve been looking at these truths the last couple of days and ironically, a song I’ve been listening to a lot goes right along with it. I honestly have no words to say except, dig into these truths from God’s Word and meditate on it all. Just sit in it, pray over it, and live in it. Praying that this can be an encouragement for you, that it can be a HUGE faith builder for you and most of all bring you into a deeper understanding of God and your relationship with Him.

SEEK WEEK #4

God Gold of the day

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. ‘

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 

 

Question for you to think on today while seeking, “what does the word reconcile mean? And what does it mean for you?

 

 

What is SEEK WEEK?

Background, Challenges, and Tips HERE:

So this is how SEEK WEEK will go, everyday I will send out one verse and that’s it. No words of mine or anything else just God’s pure Gold!!! And with that verse I challenge you to SEEK God. Spend some time to deeply meditate on what God is telling you, shut off our your racing thoughts of what you want it to mean or what you’ve got planned in your day, shut it all down and be still before God. Some things that have helped me recently to not just read it and move on through the motions is to;

  1. Write the verse down. This helps you hold it to your memory as you go throughout your day and as you write you have the chance to think deeper on each Word.
  2. Pray over God’s Word. Praying God’s Word over your life is so powerful, as you speak His truth out loud you are speaking this truth over your life. Also, you are praying so in that time ask God to help you see His truth in it, what it means, how this is to be applied, and ask God for help in living it. You have the chance to take your voice to God for help, He will never disappoint so don’t pass this time up.
  3. Putting away your phone or anything that could be distracting. This is a time to be still before God and we have an enemy that is a master at distracting us, taking our attention away from God. Why? Because the enemy knows how much stronger you’ll be after really spending time with God. Let go of distractions and focus in on God.
  4. Don’t overthink it. I don’t know about you but my thoughts are wild and will take me a million different directions. The tough thing about this is when our thoughts are going everywhere, we’re not spending time to really hear God, be still, and let His Spirit strengthen and speak truth into your life.
  5. Context is everything. It’s easy to read the verse, take it at surface level and read what you want to hear with it. I have a problem with this and if you’re human I’m sure you do too. We are self-centered and even when reading God’s Word we will seek the truth that we want to hear, the truth that makes us feel good and keeps us in our comfort zone. The TRUTH is, God’s Word isn’t meant to keep us comfortable in our ways, it’s there to reveal to us the depth of our brokenness and the steps of faith that will need to be taken to move out of the temporary pleasure we want into the eternal, FULL LIFE God has for us as we move faithfully. I said context is everything because looking over the whole chapter or book that the verse is found in is a way to detour us from getting our truth out of it and see God’s actual truth and intention in His Words. Don’t just take it at face value and get what you want, dig deeper and get the goodness that God has for you.
  6. Seek God. During this time, the most important thing to do is just seek God, seek His heart, seek to learn more about who He is, how He feels about you and your identity in Him as a child of God. Don’t complicate it too much, just seek God intimately and personally as the Father He is in your life, in this relationship you have with Him, treat like just that, a loving relationship. Grow in Him and seek His presence continually.
  7. Embrace the discipline. The last one and probably my least favorite with how much I love discipline. As much as it’s not fun to embrace change and building a habit, just continue to remember your desperate need for God and why this is important in the first place. Without God you have nothing, you don’t have what it takes, and life is hard. But with God, you still face the same day except with Him at the lead the day looks, feels and you live it a lot differently. Remember your WHY when you want to go through the motions or skip a day. It may not be easy at first but after a while it be a piece of cake, and the best tasting cake you’ve ever tasted without a doubt.
  8. It’s bigger than you. Of course starting the day to seek God is personal but the effects of that time spent with God is bigger than you. We go to God for strength, provision and protection so we can live out the “bigger than me” mission He’s called us to. As we rest in His loving presence, in His strength, as we live in Him and through Him, others lives will be affected, changed even and some may hear your excitement about your experience with God and decide to experience God themselves. It starts with you and God and with God in it, He always makes it bigger than just you!

Praying for you in this challenge of SEEK WEEK!!!!! God has so much more for us and the world around us, let’s not waste any more time going through the motions but instead seek God and embrace His more!!!!

FREEDOM

God Gold of the Day

Hope everybody had an awesome Easter!!! Such an awesome day filled with the Good News that our Savior has RISEN!! HE IS ALIVE!!! And in His resurrection came victory and FREEDOM for us!!! Heard some awesome news from my uncle today that during his time ministering with some other guys sharing God’s truth with men in prison, in his words;

“Angels rejoiced over the jail this morning….an inmate wept and cried, then called upon the name of the Lord . He prayed and received Christ…..Glory!!!”

How awesome is that!!! I can’t imagine how many men and women heard the Good News of Jesus Christ today and how many of them accepted Jesus as their Savior! This man may still be an inmate in prison, locked up. But in this NEW LIFE he now has with Jesus, he is FREE!! Despite the prison bars that surround him, he can rest in peace knowing that the victory has been won and his home is now with Jesus for eternity! This day of Easter is a special holiday where we celebrate Christ rising from the grave and giving us freedom to walk in daily and forever! The good thing about this GOOD NEWS is we don’t get to be free just for today or celebrate what Christ has done today, we get to celebrate Jesus and the freedom and victory He has died and rose again to give us EVERY DAY!!!! As we begin our weeks, I pray we don’t forget this FREEDOM we have in Christ! Even though jobs, crazy busy schedules and work to do may seem like a burden, burdens that make us feel like we too are locked up in chains. But just continually remind yourself of the FREEDOM in these verses, the complete FREEDOM that you have in Christ Jesus!!! Nothing or nobody can hold you back, nothing of this world is too great for Jesus to handle!!! All the sins and worries of yesterday are washed away by the blood of Christ and like He rose from the grave, shall we continue to rise out of our beds daily to walk in and live life in this glorious FREEDOM we have with Jesus!!! Focus today on Jesus and what He has done instead of all the negative around you or the worries of today’s tasks. Focusing and believing on the FREEDOM you have will have you walking as a FREE child of God!!! Stay close to Him and take a look around at God’s reminders of who He is and how in control, how beautiful and loving He is by His creation which He makes known all across this earth and our lives!!! Enjoy the FREEDOM today, the next day, the next day, the next day………EVERY DAY!!!!! Thank God for sending His Son and setting us FREE!!!

Galatians 5:1/“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

2 Corinthians 3:17/Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”