We live by faith not by sight

We live by faith not by sight
May 6, 2013 Vicki Ohlerking

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Being a church planters wife or woman in the ministry, it is expected that we just have it all together, right?  I’m sure you have heard that before from someone you were ministering to or probably have felt that way at some point.  This is one of the biggest misconceptions that we face!  Those of us in ministry find ourselves feeling the enormous pressure to be perfect or have it all together.  But what I have found is that I am on a journey of faith just like the people I share my life with.  It just so happens that our journey of faith is lived out publicly.  There have been a number of significant things that have happened in my journey that God has used to teach me and show me how to continue to grow in my faith, and stay positive on this roller coaster of a ride that is called “ministry.”

I don’t know about you but many times along the way I have found myself saying, “I don’t know God but you do!”  Just stepping out and making the decision to plant a church is crazy right?  I mean everyone around us was saying things like, “Are you sure?”  “You mean you don’t know how everything is going to work out?”  “No, actually we don’t know if ANYTHING is going to work out at all!”  But isn’t that the place where we are suppose to be?  Isn’t that the place where it stops being about us and becomes all about God?  Isn’t that the place where our faith is tested?  It says in James 1:3, “And we know the testing of our faith produces perseverance!”  Was I going to need perseverance for the road ahead?  Absolutely!  So all the moments that my faith has been tested wasn’t for nothing!  God has been developing perseverance in me which has been invaluable in this journey!  What has it been for you?  Maybe you’re not a church planter, but you have encountered moments where you feel God is leading you to do something and you don’t have all the answers.  That is the moment where our faith can take action!  That is the moment when God says, “Let’s do this!”

Along this journey I have also found myself getting swallowed up in discouragement. You know what I mean, when you have lists of things that need to be fixed, problems that need to be solved and people that are in desperate need of help. Focusing on these lists and problems is when we can find ourselves becoming overwhelmed and lost in negativity.  Yes, there are things that we are going to need to fix, issues that need to be resolved, but what if we just stopped for a few moments and celebrated the wins!  (A win is a person and a story.)  You see, there are always things that will get you down, trust me they always find their way in.  So what if we just scheduled time to celebrate?  What effect would that have on us when we do have to face our lists of problems?  I have a feeling our countenance would be lifted, I have a feeling our attitude would be positive, I have a feeling our faith would be so charged up that we would be ready to face anything!  So find the victories you can celebrate!   When I just take a few moments and dwell on the wins I am so charged up, my faith is lifted and I am ready to go after it!  Take some time and focus on your wins it will turn your whole perspective around.

In 2 Corinthians 5:7 it says, “We live by faith not by sight.”  And as women in the ministry this is a daily choice for us.  Because sometimes, things around us don’t always look good.    But when believe we allow God to work a miracle!  Even though we cannot see with our natural eyes, even though it may seem like we are walking around with our eyes closed.  You might feel blind right now.  You might not know what’s next.  You might not know if ANYTHING will work out.  Don’t live by what you can or cannot see, live by faith.  Because the next time you open your eyes you may be face to face with your miracle!!  As Hebrews 11:1 says, “Because faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”   You can do this!

 

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