LIVE BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT



LIVE BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT


Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
Saint Augustine

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Thomas Aquinas

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
Voltaire

We live by faith, not by sight.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:7

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
HEBREWS 11:1


HEBREWS 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

HEBREWS 11

1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

6 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.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.

12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.

14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.

15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.

16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

18 even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned."

19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.

23 By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.

25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.

26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,

33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,

34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.

36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.

37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated--

38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.

40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.











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KEEP ME SAFE O LORD



KEEP ME SAFE O LORD FOR YOU ARE MY REFUGE


Be grateful today for the Lord is truly good. He is our refuge and strength. Without Him, we are powerless and we are nothing. Our life is a gift of love from the creator of the universe. Celebrate life. Rejoice in God's presence. Pray always.


PSALM 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

PSALM 16:1-11

1 Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.

2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing."

3 As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.

4 The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips.

5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.












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GOD WILL GIVE YOU REST



GOD WILL GIVE YOU REST


Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
MATTHEW 11:28








MATTHEW 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

MATTHEW 11:29-30

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.



MATTHEW 5:3-12 "THE BEATITUDES"



3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.










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DRAW NEAR TO GOD



DRAW NEAR TO GOD


No matter how dirty, you can be clean again. 
No matter how lost, you can be found again. 
No matter how broken, you can be whole again.


Draw near to God - You can be whole again.

People will hurt you
God will heal you
People will humiliate you
God will magnify you
People will judge you
God will justify you

In Jesus, I have
Nothing to hide
Nothing to prove
Nothing to fear
Nothing to lose

Don't let past chapters in your life keep you from having a great story. God's glory shines through your growth.

I believe in Jesus and I’m not afraid to say that.












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BE STRONG AND TAKE HEART



BE STRONG AND TAKE HEART


You may not understand today or tomorrow, but eventually God will reveal why you went through everything you did.

God has a plan. It's not based on what you want, it's based on what you need. Trust Him. He knows you better than you know yourself.


PSALM 31:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

PSALM 31:14-24

14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."

15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.

16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave.

18 Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

19 How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.

20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.

22 In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.

23 Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.

24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.











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BE GRATEFUL FOR EVERY BLESSING



BE GRATEFUL FOR EVERY BLESSING
DWELL ON THE THOUGHT THAT GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD


God never promises the absence of storms. He just promises to walk with us through them.

Never lose faith. God loves you too much to let you down.

Instead of focusing on all the bad, be thankful for all the good. Each day you have is a blessing from God.


Instead of focusing on all the bad be thankful for all the good. Each day you have is a blessing from God.

Know this above all else, God hears and answers every one of your prayers.

No matter where we are in life, God has more in store. He never wants us to quit growing.

You are where God wants you to be at this very moment. Every experience is part of His divine plan.

Remaining calm in adversity is a sign of great spiritual strength. No matter what's going on in your life right now, "Hold your peace!"

Dare yourself each day to be a blessing to someone.

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. Never lose hope and hang on to God's hand.












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GOD IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE



GOD IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE


The reason your life is out of control is because you're afraid of giving control of your life to God.

PROVERBS 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.


The reason your life is out of control is because you're afraid of giving control of your life to God.

PROVERBS 3:1-10

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.













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JESUS IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE



JESUS IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE


When we put our problems in god’s hands he puts his peace in our hearts.

Philippians 4:7 NIV
And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 55:22 KJV
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

John 14:27 ESV

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.


When we put our problems in god’s hands he puts his peace in our hearts.

Philippians 4:4-9

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.

9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.











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JESUS IS THE AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH



JESUS IS THE AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH


When you take time with God and listen to His voice, He renews your strength and enables you to handle life.

I'm a Christian. I'm not perfect. Just because I mess up sometimes doesn't mean I'm fake. There's no such thing as a perfect Christian.

Refuse to be fearful about what will happen to you. God is faithful and He will take care of you if you trust Him.


HEBREWS 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

God Disciplines His Sons

HEBREWS 12
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you.











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OUR GREATEST STRENGTH IS FOUND IN TRUSTING GOD



OUR GREATEST STRENGTH IS FOUND IN TRUSTING GOD


Sometimes, our greatest strengths can be found while trusting God through our greatest obstacles.

Make up your mind that you're not going to quit until you see the fruit of what God has placed within you.







Wherever the Lord is, that's where I want to be.


If you want to get over a problem, stop talking about it. Your mind affects your mouth, and your mouth affects your mind.


Sometimes, our greatest strengths can be found while trusting God through our greatest obstacles.

Faith all grown up is trust.
Adam LiVecchi

Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free.
Shannon L. Alder

God loves you so much that he is willing to hold something from you for the perfect time!
Rachel Hamilton

Trust God with your love life, and buckle up for the ride!
Paula Hendricks

Do your part to help reap a harvest, and trust God to do His part.
Katy Kauffman

When you can't see God's hand, trust His heart.
Emily Freeman

Let go of what you think you know. Something amazing happens when you let God and trust.
Tammy L. Kubasko

When god pushes you to the edge, trust him fully, because only two things can happen. Either he will catch you when you fall or he will teach you how to fly.









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GODLY THOUGHTS AND GODLY MESSAGES TO SHARE



GODLY THOUGHTS AND GODLY MESSAGES TO SHARE


Lord, help me to never be afraid to pray for the impossible.
The God you serve is bigger than the problems you encounter.

God has a blessing with your name on it.

God didn't promise a life without pain, struggles, and hardships. He promises to give you the strength to get through them.


Godly thoughts and Godly messages to share.

Choose positivity today.

If you are going through difficult times, keep trusting God. He knows how to bless you in unexpected ways.

God loves you!
He will be there for you.
He will make a way for you.
He will wipe away your tears.
He will be your best friend.

Don't give up on the people you love. Your patient love and faithfulness may be exactly what they need to make a complete turnaround.

Peace comes when you meditate on God’s word and pray.

You are where God wants you to be at this very moment. Every experience is part of his divine plan.

Stay strong! Your test will become your test-imony, your mess will become your mess-age.

Faith is having a positive attitude about what you can do and not worrying at all about what you can't do.











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BLESSINGS CROWN THE HEAD OF THE RIGHTEOUS



BLESSINGS CROWN THE HEAD OF THE RIGHTEOUS


2 Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death.

3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.

8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

9 The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.


10 He who winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

14 Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

16 The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.

17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
PROVERBS 10:2-19 NIV


PROVERBS 10:6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.











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