By Faith Not By Sight

Have you ever watched a magic show? The illusionist masterfully draws the audience’s attention to the lovely girl waving a sword or something, and with a “FLASH” and a puff of smoke out comes the rabbit from the hat. This is also how the cunning plots of the wicked come to being. The master of distraction, referred to in the Bible as Satan, the serpent, devil or god of this age, has been busy at work creating distractions and diversions in order to keep the church busy in side skirmishes rather than advancing the kingdom of heaven. Now more than ever is the time to return our focus and keep it upon the things of God! Paul reminds the Ephesian church in chapter 6 that our fight is not against “flesh and blood” but against principalities and powers against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places.

Likewise, he writes the Corinthian church and reminds them that the “weapons of our warfare” are not carnal but mighty through God. This is going the be the task for the church presently! We must keep our eyes on the high calling of Christ Jesus. We must now profess by faith our Biblical promises and keep our hearts loyal to our cause of advancing the Kingdom of God on Earth as in Heaven.

 ~ “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

~2 Cor 4:16-18

More importantly, we will do ourselves a great favor by keeping our focus upon what God is doing and what He has ordained His church to do! Here’s an example from the Old Testament:

And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

~ 2 Kings 6:15-17

This is such a good picture of what the enemy wants to do today. He is drawing the attention of the church into a response against what he is doing. And while many are distracted by the enemy armies, they are failing to see the heavenly host and utilize the strategies of God. Notice also that the strategy of God was not at that time to destroy or slay the enemy army. The prophet leads them to Samaria, opens their eyes to see and feeds them a great feast. The result was that these bands of Syrian raiders came no more. They hardest thing to do sometimes is to be patient on the Lord. Especially when it involves continuing to move forward in the activities He has commissioned rather than engage into a direct conflict. But I feel in my spirit that is exactly what God wants His church to do. I’m not saying we do nothing! I’m directing our focus to remain faithful.

Faithful to what, exactly? Faithful to share the hope of the gospel message. Faithful to pray and worship. Faithful to walk in forgiveness. Faithful to pray for the sick and believe God for the miraculous! Faithful to obey the word of God with JOY! Faithful to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, strength and soul and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Faithful to overcome evil with good, to preach, teach, sing, love and live out our faith. Faithful to walk by faith in what God is doing in the unseen realms, rather than by sight of what the enemy is doing in the seen realm. And faithful to agree with God in calling those things that are not yet manifest in the seen realms as though they are! (Rom4:17) Remember that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen! (Heb 11:1)

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