From the Kitchen Table
Victorious Living Day 41
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
It’s not just what we know but how we know it. One of the most powerful tools of the enemy is discouragement. It’s powerful because it deals with the quality of our mind. We can know something in our mind but if we don’t know that something with our heart than our quality of thinking isn’t going to be good. If our mind isn’t strong, our muscle won’t matter. Paul writes, “So, we are always of good courage. We know…for we walk by faith, not by sight. We know something when we own something. We are not alone, and we have the presence and power of God to live this life. We not only know that to be true, we own that truth by believing that truth in our hearts. We walk by faith in God’s word, work, and will and not by sight. Discouragement happens when what we see is greater than what we believe and that can be devastating. We can overcome what is discouraging, defeating, and deceptive when we know the truth because we own the truth. We’ve chosen to believe in God’s perspective, promises, and presence. These will give us the mind we need for the mission we’re on.