Week 45   Day 3

 

We walk by faith, not by sight!

            exercising our faith

            and not using our physical eyes alone

We have a better chance of getting

            where we are going

            if we believe that we will get there

We keep the risen Lord before us at all times

            in him is the victory.

 

 

 

            In the dead of winter-- 

                trees stand bare 

                    enduring 

                roots go deep for strength and sustenance

 

            In the dead of winter-- 

                buds wrapped in protective cover 

                    waiting 

                silent and unseen

 

            In the dead of winter-- 

                promise of new life within 

                    trusting 

                soon to be born anew

 

            In the dead of winter-- 

                symbol of our faith 

                    enduring 

                    waiting 

                    trusting 

                confident of God's abiding presence.

 

 

 

                       AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

              Take courage; live by faith, not by sight.

                                     II Corinthians 5

 

    1We know if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed,

we have a building from God, a house not made with

hands, eternal in the heavens.  2We groan, earnestly

desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from

heaven, 4that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 

5He who has prepared us for this very thing is God,

who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

    6So we are always confident, knowing that while we

are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 

7We walk by faith, not by sight.  8We are confident, yes,

well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be

present with the Lord.

    9Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or

absent, to be well pleasing to Him.  10We must all appear

before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may

receive the things done in the body, according to what

he has done, whether good or bad.

    12We do not commend ourselves again to you, but give

you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have

an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in

heart.  13 If we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if

we are of sound mind, it is for you.  14The love of Christ

compels us, because we judge thus:  that if One died for

all, then all died; 15and He died for all, that those who

live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him

who died for them and rose again.

    16From now on, we regard no one according to the

flesh.  Even though we have known Christ according to

the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 

    17 If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things

have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

18Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to

Himself through Jesus, and has given us the ministry of

reconciliation.  19That is, God was in Christ reconciling

the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to

them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

    20We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were

pleading through us:  we implore you on Christ's behalf, be

reconciled to God.  21He made Him who knew no sin to be

sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God.

               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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