September 5, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

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2 Corinthians 4:18 What Do You Fix Your Eyes On?

 

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Paul had been talking about troubles in this life are light compared to what is coming up in the future. Now he talks about what he fixes his eyes on.

People are always looking at things. They focus on things that they have or that they want. A common statement for a person to be successful is to focus on a dream and what it takes to get there. Usually that dream is of some thing, making a certain dollar amount, or a position.

While have a dream for those things may be good, they are not the best things to focus ones eyes on. When a person focuses on something, he goes for it, no matter what it takes. It is the central focus of his life.

All these things, dollars, and positions are just temporary. The will only last for a short time. The thing a person wanted so badly breaks down or does not live up to one’s expectations. No matter how much money a person has, there always seems to be a need for more and that it is not enough. Positions are never guaranteed very long. Positions come and go all the time.

Paul talked about focusing on what is unseen, what is eternal. The focus is on God and His kingdom. These are things that cannot be seen, yet will last for eternity and no one can take them away.

Focusing on God and His kingdom is focusing on doing what He wants, when He wants it and how He wants it done. It is focusing on reaching as many as possible with the Gospel message.

These are the things that will last for eternity. They will also give a person fulfillment in this life and the one to come.

Take a look at your own life and see what your eyes are focused on. You will notice whatever your eyes are focused on is where you spend your time, thoughts and money. Your aim is where your eyes are focused.

Ask God to open your eyes to see what is eternal. He can help you focus on what is coming in eternity to get past all the hurt, pain and troubles of today.

I pray today that you will see what you have in Jesus; that God will reveal a piece of eternity to you; that you will know the value of following God; and that you will focus your eyes on God and building His kingdom.

2 Corinthians 4:18 Correct Focus

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

Everyday every person has struggles of various types. Some days the struggles are very large, while other days they are small little ones. As people go through struggles they often get worn down and tired. Some of these struggles will actually tear the body down. Yet, Paul stated that these struggles are worth it in the end because of what they are accomplishing in light of eternity.

This is where focus comes into play. Believers are not to focus on the things that can be seen. These are things like, bills, a new car/house, latest fashions, illness, work, money, or anything like these. All of these things are things that the world strives to get and keep. Yes, a person can see them, but they are all temporary things. All these things will pass away eventually.

Think of life-like traveling down a road. As you are driving you come to a huge mountain that you must get over to the other side of. It is a difficult long drive to go up over, or around the mountain, but it must happen. As you pass over the mountain, you hit snow, bad weather, and steep climbs, but eventually you make it on the other side to your destination, despite the difficulties of the mountain and it is worth it.

In life you will have struggles, but the things that are not seen make it worth the struggle. You cannot physically see love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or eternal life. Yet, all these things you will get and more as you make it through the struggles. It is all these things that are eternal and never go away or can be taken from you.

Focus on Jesus, who you cannot physically see. Watch what God is doing in your life and in this world today. Use your spiritual eyes to see the value of living the Christian life. Do not let the things of this world get you down or crush you, they are only here for a short time, (even though it feels like eternity right now).

I pray today that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will focus on the things of God and what lasts for eternity; that you will not fear the things of this world; that God will help you not to be crushed by the struggles of today; and that God will make you more like Jesus.

Hebrews 11:1 Seeing Without Sight

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Confidence is something every person has to some degree or more in various things. Most people have confidence that they will be able to walk when they get up in the morning; most are confident that they can drive a car; and most are confident that they will still be able to work at their job each day. While many have this inner knowledge that they will be able to do these things, there are many other areas they may not be so confident in. Some may not be confident that he will be able to accomplish the project at work he was given to do; another may not be confident with themselves in being able to drive the car through the heavy rains safely; while another might not feel they can keep going all day.

Faith gives us the inner confidence that we need. We know by faith that God is with us and will give us the strength to do all that is needed to be done. We can have confidence that God has given you the ability to do the job that is needed to be done. All these things are done with the inner part of you at peace…if you have faith.

Along with the confidence faith gives us assurance in what we do not see. Each day when a person turns on the light switch he has assurance that the light will turn on correctly. Every day a person drives down the road he believes with assurance that the other people driving will stay in their own lanes correctly. We know that each day the sun will rise at the correct time. None of these things can be seen until it actually happens. We can only have faith that they will occur as expected.

In life there are many things that we cannot see, but must have faith in. Our walk with God will be like that, in fact it must be like that. God said that the righteous will live by faith. No one can see God or what He is going to do. Each person must trust (have faith) in God and that He will do what He said He would do. We cannot see heaven but must have faith it will be there for us. We cannot see God’s provision from day-to-day, but we must have faith that God will provide. We can know that we know what we know about God.

Today exercise you faith in trusting God. Do not allow fear of the unknown to overcome you. Know that with God all things are possible. Know that God can give you what you need whenever you need it in every area of your life.

I pray that today God will help you to have the faith you need in Him; that God will give you the confidence you can have in Him; that God will help you to know the truths found in the Bible and know they are true; and that God will strengthen you to be able to walk by faith and not just by what you see.