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Counselor’s Corner: Walk By Faith Not By What You See


If you determine the outcome of a situation based upon what you see in the physical, you can lose heart quickly and grow weary. The enemy wants you to focus on what you see, not on God’s promises. When you have been praying about a situation for a long time and what you see is what appears to be the exact opposite of your prayers, your faith will be challenged. It is easy to have great faith when your prayers are being answered, but when your prayers seem to go unheard, there will be a test in your faith.

God gives promises and certain scriptures to believe for in your difficult and challenging situations. When those situations increase in difficulty and you have believed for years for change and nothing appears to be happening, you must develop your Christian maturity. Christian maturity is believing God’s Word and His faithfulness when everything around you says the opposite.

Reflect and ponder: Are you walking in faith or have you stared too long at your situations and believed what you see instead of what God has promised?

Counselor’s Corner: When the storms of life hit, they can seem stronger than God’s Word. If you walk by what you see, you will rely upon fleshly instincts and temporal pleasures to make decisions. Walking by faith in contrast is being absolutely convinced and assured of what you hoped for and believe according to the promises of God in the Scriptures is going to come to pass. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”

Faith = trusting God completely. When you trust God in all things, a deep and abiding peace can cover you. Trust can be defined as the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest or effective. Do you trust God with all your uncertainties in life? Unlike men, God never lies and never fails to fulfill His promises.

Your faith is most tested when what you have been praying for looks hopeless and lifeless. Faith can be defined as an unquestioning belief in God, and complete trust and reliance upon God’s promises. Your faith is likened to a muscle, the more you use your faith muscle, the more it will be strengthened-No exercise of faith=a weak faith. When your faith can be tested over and over again, your faith muscles will become strong. You will never know if your faith is genuinely real until it has been tested and tried. It is easier to believe God and His Word when all is going good, but when it seems you have been living a life of losses like Job; your faith will either be made strong or your faith will be weakened in those times. Doubting God’s promises or His goodness can cause anxiety, worry, fear, and discouragement. Stand on God’s Word by believing He will fulfill His promises to you, even if it looks the opposite of what you are believing for or you have been travailing over the same promises. What has God promised you about your children, your health, your finances, your marriage? Set you mind to believe God by faith about what He has promised you through His Word.

MEDIATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES:

For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not yet seen.

Hebrews 11:1

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