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A Word for this Week - Pastor Bill Mugnolo

Week of June 14-20, 2021: “Not By Sight” … 2 Corinthians 5:7

Since I have family living down in Texas, I’ve done my share of flying in recent times. As I’ve flown, I’ve often been amazed at the skills of the aircraft pilots—especially as so much of what they do is not done by sight. “Not by sight”: Let’s compare what a pilot does with how Our Lord calls us to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

First, a pilot continually relies upon the “unseen voice” of the air traffic controller in the tower. The controller clears the pilot for takeoff, landing, and directs the flight pattern in between. We, too, in our walk with the Lord, are to constantly rely upon the unseen voice of the Holy Spirit (John 3:8). The Spirit guides us at our “takeoff” in the morning all the way to our “landing” in our beds at night. He is especially there for us in guiding us through turbulent times (Romans 8:26-27).

Then, pilots, who often can’t see what is in front of them, learn to rely upon the readings given by the complex instrument panel. God’s Word in the Bible functions in a similar way in our walk of faith (Psalm 119:105). The more that we know this “panel” of sixty-six books, the better we will be at navigating our way through life.

Thirdly, pilots rely upon a whole crew—both inside and outside of the plane—to compliment them as they go about doing their work “not by sight”. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are meant to serve like a crew to us as they compliment us in our walk of faith (Psalm 133:1).

“To walk by faith and not by sight”: We are not meant to “go it alone”. Our Lord blesses us with His Holy Spirit, His Holy Word, and His Holy people as He continually forgives us, renews us, and prepares us for our final “flight” when we will someday meet Our Lord in our newly resurrected bodies in mid-air when He comes again in glory (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

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Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source. This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing. Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.

The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)

The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)

The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)

The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)

The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)

The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)

The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)

The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)

The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)

The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)

The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)

The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)

The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)

The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)