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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Believing: we are able to see; Not Believing: we are blind

Sermon Notes for Sunday, February 19th
 We cannot see ‘a blooming thing’ when we do not have faith in Almighty God. It is faith that opens our eyes to God. When our hearts are open to God: when we believe that He is real, then and only then are we able to notice the reality of God at work in our lives. It is strange, yet true that there are like scales over our eyes when we do not believe or when we mistrust God. These scales fell off from Saul when he became a believer (Paul): he was healed of his spiritual blindness which was also manifested in physical blindness (see Acts 9:18).
   The old adage: ‘seeing is believing’ is basically true, however when it comes to matters of the faith it may become even more true that: believing is seeing! We pray, as Paul prays in Ephesians 1:18 that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened, that we may know the hope to which He has called us. May His true light ~the light of the Gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ~ enter our eyes through faith and shine in our hearts ~giving the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ~ as stated in today’s passage: 2 Corinthians 4:4-6.
   In this way of faith we will no longer be spiritually blind (the work of the ‘god of this world’ who blinds the eyes of unbelievers). We will instead see by faith and recognize the Lord loving us in all His glory.
                               2nd Corinthians chapter 4 verses 3-6
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness”, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.