As humans, we are limited by what our five senses can see, feel, smell, touch and hear. We are limited by how big we can dream, think and act. And that is normal, even acceptable if we were only humans. However, we are not. We are spirit beings inhabiting a human body.
Hence, we are not limited by the five senses as we have been set free from the restraints that ordinarily held us bound while we were in the world. Simply put, we are super-humans. As simple as it sounds, the reality is not always like this. We wrestle with doubt, fear and in many cases, external influences. It would have been a whole lot easier if we could just literally shed our flesh and walk like, live like and be spirits. Now that would make it a whole lot more believable.
But that’s not the case. As we try to wrap our heads around being a spirit being, we still have to constantly battle with the flesh. The good news is, it really isn’t as difficult as we think. All it takes is FAITH.
We overcome the world by faith (1John 5:4). We are commanded to live a lifestyle of faith, and not one dependent on feelings and circumstances (2 Corinthians 5:7). In other words, irrespective of what we might be going through, no matter how real it feels, we are to keep our gaze on unseen things; the promises of God.
Feelings, emotions are the greatest doubt feeders in our lives. But God is saying, IGNORE THEM.
Our entire Christian life is a fight to stay in faith (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7). We are to trust the Lord with all our hearts, and we are not to trust in our thinking abilities or any of our own natural abilities apart from God’s Word (Proverbs 3:5-6). Imagine this! We don’t have to do the thinking or worrying, whenever we are faced with challenges, all we have to do is run to his word and arm ourselves with his promises. He will do the rest.
“As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations in the presence of Him whom He believed-God, who gives life to the dead, and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17).
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Just as God calls things that are not as though they were, we should also declare what we want to see in our lives.
Too many times instead of doing what the Word says, we turn around and do the opposite: “I have a headache” “Traffic only gets worse in this state!” “Nothing ever works out for me!” “It looks like I’m getting worse.” “I don’t have the money to pay this bill.” “My children never obey the way they should.” “My marriage is getting worse all the time.” The list goes on…that’s not the way we’re supposed to talk ever!
It takes absolutely no faith to talk like that. But that’s the way most of the world lives. Though we are in the world, we are not to live the way the world does. We are a “peculiar people!” We have a source of strength that brings answers to our problems that the world does not have! But we have to act in faith on God’s Word for it to work for us!
“Therefore I say to you, what ever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24). But what happens when I keep speaking and acting like he does but still don’t see any change? WAIT FOR IT!!! Hab 2:3 Remember he makes EVERYTHING perfect in his time.
Note that the fact is until you know in your heart that God really does love and care for you, it’s going to be difficult to believe His promises for you… they just won’t make much sense!
So what are you waiting for? Start now to call EVERYTHING as God calls it.
Words by Bunmi Obanawu