Thursday, May 14, 2015

Un-Phony Faith

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Some Christ followers think that faith is denying reality. What do I mean by that? Well, when you pretend you don’t have a problem, and you do, that is not faith. When you are in pain but you tell people you’re fine, that is not faith. When you plaster on a “smiley-face” when you’re grieving inside, that is not faith. Real faith faces reality without losing heart because “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” [1 John 4:4].

Don’t buy into the brand of Christianity that says, “Deny your problems” or “Speak money into your checkbook.” That did not come from the lips of our Savior. Rather, face every challenge or difficulty with full knowledge that God can change your situation at any moment. You can build your family, your business, your life on faith, but you can’t build them on fantasy. 

Do you remember the story of Peter walking on water? He did quite well walking to Jesus until he focused on the waves of the sea. Only then did he begin to sink. Likewise, when you start looking at your problems, you’re sunk. But if you “turn your eyes upon Jesus” — if you focus on the Deliverer rather than the difficulty — you’ll make it. 

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18

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