Believing is Seeing

Whatever you feast your eyes on will grow. Whatever you covet will have increasing influence on you.

Matthew 14:29-30 NIV

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

The kingdom of God is of far greater reality than that we see on earth. But what we see is very convincing.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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.

What we don’t see is eternal. His unseen kingdom is the superior reality. The enemy is always trying to destroy our faith. He would have us be overwhelmed by the storm of events in the world.

Mark 8:15-21 NIV

“Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”    They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”   Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?  When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”  “Twelve,” they replied.    “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”  They answered, “Seven.”   He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

They were still seeing the physical world, instead of God’s kingdom. It’s as though in everything Jesus did, He was saying that the world we see is irrelevant.

And don’t you remember? Our lives are full of reminders of God’s kingdom – times in our lives where the eternal breaks through into the carnal. Like altars in the Old Testament, these memories should remind us of our relationship with the eternal, unseen God.

Whatever we give our attention to will grow. Are we giving our attention to the unseen things of God’s kingdom?

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