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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 25, 2012 - Eyes of Faith

By Gary Rogers

“Life is so good. I’m as happy as can be. I have such tremendous expectation for the future. There is a joy bubbling up from the depth of my soul that overflows to every area of my life. I want to share that joy. I want people around me to see this smile on my face and hear positive, uplifting words come out of my mouth. I love life, and I cherish each day God gives me.”

What do you think about someone like this? Your first response may be that they fell on their head as a child. Your evaluation may even place them as unaware of current events or too simple to understand the difficulties of life. You may believe they are too naïve to grasp how cruel the world is today. On the other hand, think of this — it may be that they are a Christian living by faith in Jesus Christ.

Christianity is a way of life. This means it influences your thinking, your attitude, your outlook, your personality, and every aspect of who you are. Faith is more than believing in your head that there is a God and He can do anything. Faith is believing with your life that there is a God and He can do anything. Faith becomes visible in your words and actions. Faith is evident in how you respond to problems and difficulties — and, yes, there are very real problems and difficulties. Faith is demonstrated in how you treat people.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is incredibly optimistic. There we learn, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV). Hope means you anticipate better. Hope convinces you that great and wonderful things are around the corner just out of sight.

Jesus told us He came to give us life abundantly (John 10:10). In 2 Corinthians 5:7 we are instructed live by faith, not by sight. If we have life abundantly in Jesus, then as Christians living by faith we should have a positive outlook on life. If we face the current situations of our life by faith and not on the strength of circumstantial evidence, then we should overflow with optimism.

Faith lifts us up above our circumstance. Faith convinces us that God is real, and He is our source of help in time of need. Live your life so your faith can be seen in your actions, your words and your attitude.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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