Exhortations

Focus

Focus, Focus And Focus

When we walk by Faith and not by sight, it is more rewarding. Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth that hoping for something unseen is much more rewarding than the one seen. “We walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Faith, as defined in Hebrews 11:1-, is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It was living by hoping that one day, the evidence of the unseen would be revealed, which is the reward of having Faith. Faith means every day, no matter what the circumstances of life you are in, the confidence that God is good, just, and graceful will never hold His goodness from anyone who loves Him.

Enoch walked with God By Faith and pleased God (Hebrews 11:5), Abraham believed in God and was called the friend of God- (James 2:21-23), and King David was a man after God’s own heart- (1Samuel 13-14), and the list goes on and on. Moreover, Jesus stated, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). We need to focus on how great our Faith is. Do we need the evidence of a graven image or a statue that we can touch and pray to?

Unbelief is the opposite of Faith, and the truth is that when you say you have Faith and are still looking for a material thing, you already have what you are looking for. Faith is invisible, recognizable material, and touchable only in the spiritual kingdom. Many say faith without hope is possible; hope without faith is not. But some say it is impossible to have faith without hope. Hope gives us the power or ability to look for the missing link. A person can have Faith without hope, and no one can have hope without Faith. Regardless of how it may appear to the human school of thought, God will come with a Spiritual solution. “For through the Spirit, we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope” (Galatians 5:5, NIV). Faith is having confidence that you have placed your hope in the right place. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, ESV).

Focus: Our Faith and hope are in God” (I Peter 1:21). Faith and Hope are a perfect pair and come stronger together with love: “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of them all is love” (I Corinthians 13:13). God is faithful to His promised (Hebrews 10:23). His tender love and sweet caress is what we hope when we meet Him face to face.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV). Let us focus on our natural goal to have a better life and let God help us meet our goal with Spiritual blessings.

Thanks be to God our Father. Amen

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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