Featherweight & Heavyweight

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

As I further meditate on 2 Corinthians 4, verses 16-18 seem to explode in my spirit. I see God, the ONLY true God who commanded LIGHT to shine out of darkness, revealing to us, His adopted children, in words that only leaves us imagining, the enormity of His love for us who He has redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. He had concluded what our future with Him will be, marvelous, glorious, beautiful, etc, even though we might face afflictions, persecutions and tests of our faith during our short sojourn here.

 

For verse 17 qualifies these afflictions, persecutions, trials and tests of our faith as “light”. This reminds me of the terms “light weight” and  “feather weight”. Paul the Apostle by divine inspiration also states the duration of such afflictions as for only a MOMENT, compared to what has been reserved for us which by character is MORE EXCEEDING, and in duration ETERNAL. In addition, it is also WEIGHTY or HEAVY and GLORIOUS. So, we are exchanging light or feather weights of satanically instigated afflictions which in God’s own estimation lasts for just a MOMENT, for a far MORE EXCEEDING AND ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY.

This divine perspective which 2 Corinthians 4:17 gives us of our present travails gives me an inner strength and courage to continue to persevere and hold on to God’s Words of promise in the midst of hard times, until I receive my expected results. Apart from the fact that we WIN even NOW as we exercise our faith in the infallible word of God when we undergo trials and tests of faith, we also proceed to take full possession of what God had kept in store for us, the FAR MORE EXCEEDING AND ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY. If you’ll ask me, I will say confidently that those believers in Christ who are living and walking (by His Grace) in the will of God now are in a WIN-WIN SITUATION.

So, don’t worry or allow yourself to be weighed down by the lightweight situations you may be going through presently. These are the things which we can see, and they are temporal or subject to change. But fix your eyes on the HEAVYWEIGHT. This we cannot see yet, but they are eternal and are never or will never be subject to change. We win either way, Hallelujah!!!

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Head Faith

Copied from Kenneth Hagin Ministries- Faith Food 25th October, 2017
The other disciples therefore said unto him [Thomas], We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days . . . came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and BE NOT FAITHLESS, BUT BELIEVING. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET HAVE BELIEVED. — JOHN 20:25-29

Thomas’ faith was head faith. And Jesus did not commend Thomas for it. Jesus said, “You have believed because you have seen.” Anyone can have that kind of faith, whether he be saint or sinner. That’s head faith. Head faith is believing what your physical senses tell you.

Jesus commended heart faith. He said, “. . . blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” To believe with the heart means to believe apart from what your physical body or physical senses may indicate. The physical man believes what he sees with his physical eyes, hears with his physical ears, or feels with his physical senses. But the heart, on the other hand, believes in the Word of God regardless of what the physical senses say.

Confession: I am not faithless; I am believing. I believe according to what God’s Word says, regardless of what I see, hear, or feel.