In today’s blog we will look at the last three benefits of looking at life through eyes of faith. Let’s look at the first one.
When I look at life with eyes of faith God fulfills His promises.
There are over 7,000 promises of God in the Bible. They’re like blank checks waiting for us to claim them. If we want to be people of faith, we must become promise people. We must know the promises of God, and claim them when appropriate. Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 1:20.
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And THRU Christ, our “Amen” (meaning our “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.”
Let me use an illustration to explain what this means. Let’s say we are going through the attic in our grandma’s house. We discover a letter in an old trunk promising a million dollars to anybody who finds the letter. But we don’t know who wrote it, so we don’t know how to collect the money. Essentially the letter is worthless. However, this is not true with the promises of the Bible. We know the author of the promises, and we know how to collect. And here’s the best part — they are all guaranteed by Jesus. When we pray through a promise — it goes straight to God — to be fulfilled for His glory.
When I look at life with eyes of faith God turns dreams into reality.
This is very important for us to understand. Very little happens until someone has a dream — a vision — a goal — a plan — which gets things moving. So, we must get into the habit of dreaming — of having goals and visions. Take a look at Ephesians 3:20.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us….”
I call this a blank check verse. It says God is able to do far more than we would ask or imagine. So, let me ask you — What are you afraid to ask God for? God is able to do far more than we could even dream. I can almost hear God saying: “Think of the greatest thing you could ever dream of — the most fantastic thing that would blow your mind — and I will top that.”
Alright let’s look at the last benefit.
When I look at life with eyes of faith God gives me power to hold on in tough times.
Sometimes life is difficult and we have to hang in there. Eyes of faith help us do that. Take a look at Psalm 30:5.
“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning”.
Our eyes of faith may often be filled with tears, but eyes of faith also see joy forthcoming. In past sermons I’ve talked about Corrie ten Boom who was a young woman sent to the Nazi death camps. She was in Buchenwald and Auschwitz. She said that the people who lasted the longest in those camps were those who had the deepest faith. Why? Because faith gives us the power to hold on in tough times. It produces persistence. It gives us the ability to bounce back.
I have not admitted this to many people, but there have been times when I wanted to resign as pastor of River Church. This desire is often strongest on Monday morning for some reason. I frequently get into conversations with God.
- “God, I don’t know what to do”.
- “I’m not smart enough.”
- “Are You sure You got the right guy?”
The answer I keep getting back is “Look with eyes of faith — not eyes of fear”.
Let me close by recapping what we said. When we look at life through eyes of faith, it:
- Shrinks our problems
- Opens the door for miracles
- Allows God to act on our behalf,
- Unlocks the promises of God
- Turns dreams into reality
- And gives us the power to hold on in tough times.
Unfortunately, you won’t experience any of these benefits until you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I remember when the space race first got started, and we were racing the Russians to the moon. For a while, Russia was actually ahead. They were sending up cosmonauts before we did. The first Russian cosmonaut was Yuri Gagarin, and he was an atheist. He was the first man to circle the earth. When he returned he said, “I searched the heavens, and I found no God.”
A few months later, John Glenn, who was a Christian, went up and circled the earth three times. When he came down, his first words were, “I saw God everywhere.” He said, “I felt his glory in the heavens. I saw his presence in the stars. I felt his power in the sun. I saw God everywhere.”
So which astronaut was telling the truth? The answer is, they both were. However, one could see and one could not. Jesus said, “Unless you’re born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” So, let me ask you — are you born again? If you are not — you can become born again right now. You can do it through praying the following prayer.
Lord Jesus, yes, as much as I know how, I open my life and my heart to you right now. Please come in and forgive all the bad things that I have ever done or will ever do. Please change me and make me like You. I want to learn to love you and trust you and follow you. I want to put my faith in you. In your name I pray, Amen.