By Pastor Jeff,
2 Corinthians 5:6-7, “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
How many times have you heard this scripture? I would venture to say that even recent and non-Christians have heard many times and we that have been saved by His grace for any length of times, hundreds, or even thousands!
I recently was having a little pity party (I know most of you have never endured one or two of them). I found myself reminding God about what He said in His word concerning our prayers. How He said in John 14:12-15, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” We’ve been asking in Jesus name for certain things to happen and pretty much the opposite of what we been praying for was what we were seeing.
I wonder how many times our Lord Jesus the Christ looks down on us and has a good laugh as we attempt to tell Him how things should or shouldn’t happen. I can picture Jesus calling His angels over and telling them, “Would you look at this, my beautiful creation is trying to tell me the Creator how to run things!” Chuckle, chuckle…
Then as I shut my mouth for a bit, the Lord Jesus Christ brought this verse in 2 Corinthians 5:7 to my heart and mind, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” We are so dependent on our senses which is just the opposite of how Jesus operates and we need to not be so quick to judge others and even God by those senses. I know I will be reminded of this many more times before I go to see my Lord but I hope that I will learn to trust Christ more and more. I want to know as someone who will WALK by FAITH!
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By Pastor Jeff,
Distractions! The world we live in currently is full of them and it seems that when you make a commitment to God the distractions come at you ten-fold! Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Recently as the title of this website declares, we have set about to seek for Revival at our church in Janesville WI. It must of really ticked the devil off because we have witnessed an all out attack on several of those that attend services here!
1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” The world we live in has enough distractions all by itself such as work, family, friends, just life in general that can mess with our time with God.
Then we have Satan, his imps messing with us, and I’ll give you an example. We all know if we are to see genuine revival we will need to commit ourselves to prayer. So, we set apart every Tuesday for this purpose and Friday nights have dedicated to worship and prayer as well. It seems that every event outside the church that can occur has been scheduled for you guess what night? Right, Tuesday or Fridays! Well to be fair the other nights can easily fill up with family events as well but it does seem that on these two nights it occurs more often that it did before we made the commitment.
Another distraction that affects our time is how the devil likes to attack ones family (I can attest that we have other families that are coming under serious attacks as well). I think he knows that if he tries anything with me I will just point out that the bible makes it clear that in the end of all things, he LOSES! But family, especially our children can really throw us for a loop. Though I am troubled by what the devil has done in my family, I still can stand and declare the marvelous works of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and declare this scripture found in Isaiah 50:7, “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” AMEN!
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