Abundant Life Church
Published: Wednesday, May 7th, 2003
Once there was a young lady who returned home to find that her house had been burglarized. Many valuables were missing and the place was trashed. Immediately, she called the police. The police dispatch put out the call to all units. Nearby, a K-9 unit was on patrol and answered the call. As the young lady heard the police unit arrive, she raced out the front door to greet them. When she saw the officer and the dog, she stopped, sat down on the steps and began to cry, “I’ve just been robbed and my house destroyed. I call the police and what do they do? Send out a blind policeman!” This young lady did what many of us do: she looked at the situation and made a decision based on what she saw, not what the truth was. She saw something through the eyes of the flesh and not the eyes of faith. The eyes of flesh see things the way they appear, even if it’s contrary to the Word of God. In John 17:17, Jesus asks the Father to “Sanctify them (set them apart) by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.” This means that whatever God’s Word says about us is true, no matter what the circumstances around us look like. That’s why believers can confess and believe they’re saved, delivered, healed, blessed, and prosperous even when the circumstances around them don’t always agree. The Word teaches us that all these blessings are ours if we will only believe and receive by faith. Just what is faith anyway? Hebrews 11:1 gives the best answer. It says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” It is only through faith that we receive anything God has for us. Take a look at salvation. We believe we’re saved when we confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior but usually, we don’t see any physical change. I mean, God doesn’t put a stamp on our forehead that reads “PROPERTY OF JEHOVAH” nor do we turn purple! We receive salvation through faith and it’s no different for anything else God has for us. The problem is, too many people find it easier to live through the eyes of flesh instead of the eyes of faith. Even though God’s Word tells us “...My righteous one will live by faith” (Romans 1:17) and “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). It’s easier to believe that we have to be sick when we get a cold than to confess our healing in the name of Jesus. It’s easier to believe we are broke when the bills come pouring in faster than our income, than to confess that we have every need met by Him. We like to settle for what the world gives us instead of expecting what God has for us. This is not the way He wants us to live. If you’ve been living your life through the eyes of flesh, then make the decision to have your spiritual eyes checked. Yes, problems, trials, and tribulations will always be a part of your life. God’s Word teaches us that. But by living our life through the eyes of faith, we are able to overcome all the bad stuff. Remember what Galations 6:9 tells us, “Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!” Live your life by faith and not flesh. The outcome is definitely worth it.
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