(part 3 – continued from same day)
Paula concluded by saying,”For 30 years God has never FAILED ME.“ (This was more confirmation of a recurring word God had just been giving us – I WILL NEVER FAIL YOU.) “There are things I didn’t understand – pathways I walked through where I COULDN’T SEE THE FULLNESS OF HIS PLAN” (more confirmation of our past posts about not yet being able to SEE/UNDERSTAND, but God promising that HE WILL be our TOUR GUIDE, SHOW US THE WAY, and GET US THERE). Paula continued, “– but when I went through the process I understood – had my aha moments. It’s like Joseph in the pit/prison. He COULDN’T SEE THE PALACE– but you can TRUST GOD and know that if God be for you who can be against you. So I pray that gives you hope today. I encourage you TO WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT.”(II Cor 5:7) ~ Paula White
When I finished taking these notes on 6/30 from Paula’s message (seen in parts 1 and 2), I turned the calendar on my desk with daily Scriptures/quotes and saw:
“Faith is the COURAGE of the soul to go further than it can see. ~ For WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.” II Corinthians 5:7 NASB
(not only another confirmation of II Cor 5:7, but also continuing confirmations of going BEYOND/FURTHER than what we can SEE with our natural eyes – a message that began in February, shared in part 10 – Formed in the Secret Place ~ Discovering Destiny)
THEN the next morning (7/1)– I “just happened” to sit on Jesse’s side of the bed to talk to him for a minute (where I normally wouldn’t sit) – I looked down and saw the dust jacket for the healing book that’s been on the floor between his side of the bed and the wall for ages. He had removed it from the book we read from at night so it wouldn’t get torn up. It was open to the inside front cover flap which has a confession based on II Corinthians 5:7!! So I knew the Lord was continuing to confirm that we WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT. Later I saw the photo I’ve attached here on Joyce Meyer’s page – and then also saw Paula posted:
“Act on it even when you don’t see it! #Faith”
The message about guarding our hearts from fear and anxiety goes along with the 3rd stage in the parable of the Sower – since part of the way the enemy tries to CHOKE the Word out of our hearts before it can bear fruit is through the anxieties/cares of life. We can combat this by learning to guard our hearts from those anxieties/fears and by learning to walk by FAITH and not SIGHT – which is another way to say we must fix our spiritual eyes on the invisible, unseen, eternal realm and not be limited by our natural eyes to the things that are visible, seen, and temporary. So, from confession #12 – I ended up all the way back before confession #1 – to the confession on the inside front cover of the dust jacket (which I guess we can call confession A-1), since God seemed to be emphasizing that passage to me the past week. Here’s confession #A-1:
“I LIVE BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT. By FAITH, I am CERTAIN and KNOW FOR FACT what my eyes and other senses do not yet KNOW. (II Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 11:1)”
Many other confirmations from both confession #12 and A-1 (including various directions the “guard your heart” message went), but this is already way too long!
Hope everyone had a safe and fun celebration on the 4th and that you’re continuing to regularly pray for our nation’s return to our Christian/Biblical foundations and heritage and our covenant with God. Let’s pray for each other to continue to plant God’s Word in our hearts, meditate on it day and night, and GUARD our hearts from every attempt of the enemy to steal, uproot, or choke out the Word, so that it will grow to it’s full potential and bear it’s full harvest in our lives. Let’s pray for one another to guard our hearts in ALL AREAS, including from fear/anxiety/worry, and to truly WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT that we may fulfill our destinies in Christ!
Blessings and prayers! Laura