eyes of the heart, faith, seeing, unseen
II Cor 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Fix your eyes on what is unseen says Paul, the Apostle. Don’t be nearly so concerned with what you see.
But what we see tends to suck us in, i.e., we believe that what we see is reality. It is not always reality. (If that doesn’t make sense to you, ask me to explain in the comments.) What is the answer? What is our out? How can we avoid being sucked in by the world? How can we not get sucked into situations and circumstances? More
“yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
Every day we are growing in Christ Jesus if we are looking to Him, denying ourselves, taking up our cross, laying every earthly thing in our lives before Him. “for our light and momentary troubles (yes we do have trials here on this earth–ask the Filipinos or the Haitians) are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Jesus, the great King, will reward us. But I am here to say that at that moment of reward, the sensation that will flow through our souls will be a satisfaction that He is being glorified and not because we did anything significant to add to that glory but because we will see that He is being exalted to the place that honors Him before all living creatures. The fulfillment will be that He is glorified. “so we fix our eyes not on what is seen” (in the physical realm) “but on what is unseen” (in the realm where Jesus is, a spiritual realm). “For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Grace, Your Part to Play
I will go off on my on tangents from Eldredge. Eldredge’s words inspire me to see other truth as I delve into what he is saying.
This is another example of my tangent from the book.
“Though outwardly we are wasting away…” Paul
Oh My God, if men and women could just grasp this truth, we are dying daily, we will never get today back, it is gone forever.
Did I do what I could have done today for the sake of eternity?
Only the eternal really counts in the spiritual economy–things temporal will fade away. Now I am here to use the temporal to gain much for the eternal.
faith, Your Part to Play
Jesus, our Master, in Luke 18 tells us to pray and not loose heart.
The Apostle Paul encourages us several times to not loose heart.
2 Corinthians 4:1
[ The Light of the Gospel ] Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
2 Corinthians 4:16
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. More
Wayne Donithan’s story is an amazing come back. Listen to see what God can do to transform a life. He is doing it over and over.
A father who did not understand the heart of a child breaks and numbs the heart of his child, Waynne.
When we have a broken heart like Wayne, we will do anything to ease the pain and as Wayne says, to “feel” again!
What? Tithe? A guy in prison learns to give to God (minute 5:00+) by giving to others. My, my, what an example Wayne sets for all of us.
Wayne learned to minister to others by reaching out to the Crip gang leader too.
Chosen, Your Part to Play
God, part, plan, your life, your story
There is a story unfolding and you are in it!!! Be safe, rest assured, God is in it with you. Read these words and bless Him for your life today. As you bless Him, He gets glory!