Genuine Faith

By: Woody Godbey

1 Corinthians 4:18 says, "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

In other words, we don't set or fix our eyes on what is seen but on what is unseen. Reason, things that are seen are temporary and the unseen is eternal.

There are groups today who says things like, “Deny all of your problems. Just have a positive confession. Name it and claim it.” That kind of thinking did not come from Bible or Jesus. I've actually had people tell me they didn't hurt when they were dying with pain. They would say they had no problems when they were loaded with problems.

Listen folks, faith is not denying reality. It’s not pretending you don’t have a problem. Faith is not saying, “I’m not in pain” when you are. It’s not saying, “I don’t hurt” when you do. It’s not saying, “I’m happy” when you’re really grieving inside. That’s not faith; it’s phoniness! Faith is facing the facts without being disheartened by them because you know God is greater than the problem.

Let me tell you what real, genuine faith is. Faith is facing reality without being discouraged by it. You know that God can change a situation. You can build a family on faith, but you can’t build it on fantasy. You can build a business on faith, but not on fantasy. You can build a life on faith, but not on fantasy.

The key is found in our Scripture today. We are to look beyond our circumstances. We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen [the problem] is temporary, but what is unseen [God’s power] is eternal.

A lot of our problems remain because we are looking in the wrong places for answers. If you look at the world, you’re going to be distressed and disappointed. There are problems everywhere! If you look within, you’re going to be depressed, because there are a lot of things that need changing in your life. But if you look at Jesus Christ, you’ll be at rest. It all depends on where you are focused.

I've heard it said that our circumstances are like a mattress: Get on top, and you rest easy. Get underneath, and you suffocate. When you start looking at your problem, you’re sunk. But if you look at Jesus — if you look toward your Deliverer rather than the difficulty — you will make it. Just remember, difficulties, make, shape, mold and builds character and faith. God Bless!