Hold on to Your Faith In God

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an external glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eye not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The above passage of the bible is our theme of study for today and we shall be treating it in details with practical examples in the bible as well as its application to our daily life style.

Generally, as Christians, the bible is our daily guide which has provision for virtually, all facets of life. Our aim here is to give you a good insight into the bible, its provisions and proper application of its provisions into our normal life.

We shall break the above into sections so as to have a better and in-depth understanding of the priceless principles contained in it.

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

In the above quote from the theme of study, the Bible acknowledges the fact that the life of Christian is sometimes faced with difficulties which may pressure him to backslide. The Bible in lending credence to it states that we are in the world but not of the world, which is ruled by the devil himself. We all know the mission of the devil, which is to kill, steal and to destroy but Christ himself came that we may have life and have it abundantly.

Therefore, the devil, in his usual and relentless effort to turn man against God brings many challenges to him in order to make him turn away from God and renounce his Christian life.

Deductively, if you are a Christian and do not have challenges that threaten your faith in Christ Jesus, then you have got to check your Christian life. Christ was tempted by the devil and was even asked to denounce God and bow to the devil but he appreciated his mission on earth, his faith in his father and did not yield to the devil’s temptation. To surprise you the more, Christ was never appreciated by his people. They never had any regard for him; they simply addressed him as the carpenter’s son. But all these things did not deter Christ from fulfilling his mission on earth.

From the above instances relating to Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith, it will be absolutely right to state that, and just as the Bible simply puts it, the temptation is not sin but only becomes sin when one yields to it. So as Christians, many are our afflictions but the Lord delivers us from them all.

Although, these challenges and temptations may tarry, make us waste away or even give us strong reasons to give up on God, our selected quotes from the theme simply reminds us that though these things will make us waste away, we should not lose heart. These momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Simply put, the Bible states,  that if as Christians our hope is only in Christ then we are of all men most miserable. Therefore, our eternal hope should not be restricted to Christ but to make heaven, which is the external glory discussed in our theme of study.

The second quote from our theme of the study states “So we fix our eye not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

The above quote has been partly discussed above; however, it reminds us that we are mere strangers here on earth and our eternal hope should be to join the father in heaven and the host angels to worship him.

Christ lent credence to the above quote when he told his disciples “in my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also be where I am.”  Christ also told his disciples “no eyes have seen nor ears hear what the Lord has prepared for those who believe in him.”

All the above-mentioned statements by Christ are the bane of our faith as Christians and not the things we toil and kill ourselves for. They are the unseen things which are eternal. This is the meaning of our second quote from our theme of study today.

Therefore, brethren, are you passing through hard times? Have your people turned against you because of your faith in God? Have the people you love and hold dear to your heart betrayed you and make you want to backslide and turn away from God? Have you been mocked for declaring your faith in Christ? Have you seen the people you consider sinners succeed more than you do? Have you ever been in a dilemma and almost lost faith in God?

Remember, God does not change, he sees everything and there is definitely a reward for your faith in him. Do not give up on God, do not set your eyes and hope just on the things of the earth, which are temporal but be strong in faith, hold on to his word and set your eyes on the things unseen, which is the eternal life with him in heaven with the father and the host of Angels.