By Faith Not Sight

“Thomas, believe because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

 

 

Is what is really real only what you can see and feel? If we are told to walk by
faith, how do we have our eyes open to “see” the unseen as real as the seen? Can
my head knowledge be enough or does seeing include the heart?
These questions lead to an interesting conversation on what is entailed in our
lives to encourage us to learn the “faith walk.

Recognizing Defenses

“We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us, we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” 11 Corinthians 5:20

 

When you meet someone there is usually an introduction of your name and then
something about what you do. It takes a name to make what you do important.
Telling someone what you do without a name is incomplete to our identity.
Likewise, part of our identity as members of God’s family is our being an
ambassador to showing people what the family of God should look like in today’s
world.
Many times, we are displaying bad “identity” because we are attempting to make
self look good rather than reflecting our identity of being IN CHRIST. Who we are
reflects what we do. How important is this in our understanding about living?

Walking by Faith

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6

 

 

There are a lot of opinions of what real faith is and how it works. Hebrews 11:1 states, “that faith is the substance of things hope for the evidence of things not seen.”
With our advance visual devices and media exposure, we want to see everything and if we look for the unseen, the goal is usually not to explore deepening our faith.
Join our discussion today to gain understanding, God’s way, to “see the unseen.”

 

Self Defense Mechanisms

“The spirit of a man will be his support and sustain him when he is
ill, but a broken and crushed spirit, who can bear.” Proverbs 18:14

 

How do you handle and react to frustration and troubling conflicts? Some explode,
some turn their backs and ignore the hurt and pain, others carry it inside and have
unusual Defense Mechanisms that are hard to recognize.
When we want to be strong in spirit we must be pure in heart. Learning to observe
what sounds good maybe a cover for a heart that is coping and not really caring.
Don’t get trapped in Defense Mechanisms that substitute reality in relationships.
We have been given The Great Escape. Use it!!

A New Creature in Christ

“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7

 

 

Hearing, knowing, and applying what the Word says regarding our blessings and protection as new creatures in Christ will prevent us from falling into the same trap as Eve did in the Garden of Eden.When she listened to the voice of smooth deception, she set herself up for reaping what she chose. The results of her wanting more for herself proved the heart was deceitfully wicked and who can know it? Only as we listen to the voice of the Lord Jesus expressed in the Bible can we stay clear of the AGONY of deception. Listen as we discuss the Truth in being a new creature in Christ and avoid the pitfalls of bad choices.

Repression

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with the endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

 

The importance laid out here is that we need to see how those who have gone before lived and overcame the snares of self. If we go against the patterns of freedom provided by our Savior we can hold onto strongholds, repress reality, but eventually will explode, making a mess for ourselves and those around us. Clean-up of these defenses is messy. Are you building steam for an explosion?