Study with Sara-On Whom do we Depend?

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7

We have heard a lot in the recent years about Co-Dependence. I understand with a thumbnail snapshot that this means ‘one seeks to find their sense of self from someone other that the God image that is within them.’ They look to a person they can see, hear, touch and feel their pain and emotions to find their self worth. When the other person is no longer in there life or have no further need of their support they have no sense of worth.

“Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1


Our two scriptures give us a sense of our future as well as our NOW! Quite the opposite of how I understand Co-Dependence to work. When we take our substance from a negative force of another or any force other than God we are always in need. When we ingest our substance from God we are not always looking for another to give us our self worth, our confidence and our highs. We could go even deeper and say neither should they give us our lows.

I understand that at times some of us want gratification ‘NOW’, we are not in the pattern of things hoped for or things not seen. There are others of us trying to find our self-worth in what we possess or hope to possess soon.

When God gives us gifts and talents, and He does, we may place them neatly on the top shelf or our ‘cluttered closets’ or in our attics waiting for the right time or place to use them. We fail to use our Faith, employ our Hope and use them in coalesce with the substance of, I am hopeful, and I am joyful, and I am full of love, while believing as I put my gifts to work that I am walking by faith and not by sight. Yet, it’s not I that lives but Christ that lives in me and the life that I now live I live by Faith in the Son of God. God sees and loves and desires and completes His work on earth as I use the gift He gave me be it large or small.

What things are we hoping for that we haven’t yet seen?
How do you walk by Faith and not by sight? What is your story?
When your story comes to pass, will it be part of God’s creative action in the world because it has come through the gift He gave you and only as you walk with Him and seek Him, His ways, His heart will you see it?
Does it help to keep a blindfold on like the little girl in our photo?

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14 thoughts on “Study with Sara-On Whom do we Depend?

  1. Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” We must be proactive and not codependent, so that everyone will have a chance to know the good news of Christ. If we have the gift of preaching, teaching, etc. we must use them. I am thankful for this web page, that I might have the chance to share how the Lord has offered me forgiveness, mercy, and grace. God tells us in John 20: 29-31.”Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.” Now these are some wonderful promises for us! He is telling us that we are like the little girl in the photo…”Blessed are those who believe WITHOUT SEEING me.” Faith is believing.

  2. Needles, I struggled within myself with this study for days. But, when I read your response and especially that I am blessed because I believe, have faith, in God and I have not even seen Him. Whoa,that’s huge in response to our blog scriptures! Also proactive and not codependent sure gives us lots of light.

    I am seeing like John the Baptist taught, when I see Christ, I must decrease so He can increase. I just saw Him by Faith from your comment. Thanks!

  3. Great Blog. It calls to mind that, “Faith also is calling those things which be not, as though they were…” and not misrepresenting or misinterpreting that scripture by ‘calling those things that BE, AS THOUGH THEY WERE NOT'(which is akin to lying).
    When we pray the Lord’s will (i.e. the Word of God) for certain things or situations, it is imperative to believe that we shall have what we say, for if the Word says we can have it, then we can have it. BUT, then..comes the struggle. Mainly it manifests itself in a lack of self-discipline, self-control and focusing on what the promises are that we have prayed. That takes faith, especially when we see the circumstances changing and going downhill (which could be a testing) and we begin to vacillate; doubt rears its ugly head and we almost forget how we had so fervently prayed and vowed to believe.
    But if we will train our minds to believe that at the moment we pray,to start calling that “thing” done, accomplished, healed, saved, paid up, completed before the manifestation of any of it, then, hopefully, Jesus will find faith on the earth when HE returns.

  4. This afternoon I was busily reading the above blog that had just posted (with no comments yet). By the time I got to the end of it I was really trying to figure out what to write in response and how to get that blindfold off the girl in the picture so I could ‘see it’. I clicked on home to refresh the page and there was already a comment posted by Needles. After I read what you wrote, Needles, “Blessed are those who believe WITHOUT SEEING me”…I found out I better be leaving that blindfold on! I want to be like that little girl in the picture.Thanks for responding to the blog so quickly. What you wrote made such clear sense to me..and straightened my thinking out too!

  5. Jesus said to Thomas, “blessed are they that believe and have not seen,” in the upper room after Jesus’ resurrection. When Thomas who has been given the name “doubting Thomas” saw Jesus he believed. When we see Jesus we believe and when we see Jesus we will believe. Then we will really know if we have believed or not.
    Our believing now is displayed by our acts and actions. Our believing is not just in word but is also in deed.

  6. “What things are we hoping for that we haven’t yet seen?”
    Heaven
    seeing Jesus face to face
    walking on the streets of gold
    touching the walls of jasper
    sitting at the banquet table
    feeling no more pain
    no more sorrow
    being reunited with friends and family, already present in Heaven
    our mansions,etc.
    John 14: 1 – 3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also.”

  7. Walking in faith and not by sight….
    BELIEVEING=FAITH AND FAITH=SIGHT
    Matthew 9:28-30 “They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them,”Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” 29Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your FAITH, it will happen.” 30Then their eyes were opened, and they could see!” We know that faith can help us to see, but how much of this faith do we need? Matthew 17:20 “You don’t have enough FAITH,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had FAITH even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain,’Move from here to there,’and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” So all we need is faith as small as a mustard seed to move a mountain. WOW!! What are some benifits of this kind of faith? Mark 10:52 “And Jesus said to him,”Go, for your FAITH has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.” Luke 7:50 “And Jesus said to the woman, “Your FAITH has saved you; go in peace.” Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains, heal us, and save us. This is awesome. What happens if we lose sight of this faith? Hebrews 10:38 “And my righteous ones will live by FAITH, But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” HMMMM!! We certainly don’t want this to happen. How can we improve our faith? Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of FAITH, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our FAITH. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people,then you won’t become weary and give up.” If we stay focused on Jesus, then we will improve our faith and if we think about what he did for us then we won’t give up. Stay focus!!! What do we do when satan attacks our faith? Ephesians 6:13-17 “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s rightousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of FAITH to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
    BELIEVEING = FAITH AND FAITH = SIGHT
    Thank you Jesus!!!!

  8. Sara spoke of ‘coalesce with the substance of’. That got me thinking. Coalesce:to grow together; to unite into a whole ; fuse. Whatever I fuse together with I will grow dependent upon. If I unite my desires, energy, finances, etc with a person, thing or occupation, I will be entwined and find it difficult to separate. If that person, or object of my focus and attention “no longer is a part of my life” as Sara said, then my substance dries up. I am left empty and wonder where my energy, security, finances and fulfillment went to. On the other hand, if I unite with the Vine Himself, Jesus, and abide and grow and become dependent on Him, I will never be left empty and forlorn. His supply never dries up in me.
    To be one with Him and abide with Him and be dependent on Him results in joy and hope and love . We can be the branches in the Vine, use our gifts and bear fruit if we will learn to abide in Him. (John 15:1 –5) Jesus wants us our joy to be full (John 15: 11).

  9. With such glee, I feel like I have just completed a year of school. End of the year excitment with jitters just set-in.

    Each and every posting made a six week grade for the semester and the final grade exam. What great teachers, preachers and speakers and writers we have on The Daily Lily.

    I am working on this blog being a ‘power point’ so the church in India and others can use this for classes. When we bring this kind of truth, light, healing, restoration and heaven to a class on The Daily Lily so many different things can be done and hopefully will be done to bring the Word to the World.

    I ask each of you to pray that we will have faith and take the next leep of faith to take the next step in learning, doing and trusting to bring this about. I even spoke to Chickenfarmer today about how encouraging this would be for a little blooklet to give out to others. What a delight. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of “punching holes in darkness.” The world is still a dark place, but Christ came into the world to punch holes in the darkness ….” Punching holes in the darkness is what Robert Louis Stevenson described when observing lamplighters lighting streetlights in the dark of night. Now let us continue to do the same as we grow and thrieve in this spring/summer garden of de-LIGHT.

  10. ….others may fail you and you may fail you…but Jesus never fails….heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away.(Matt.24;35)Thats what Jesus said…and all the (red)letters in my Bible tell me that I must carry on because there is a hell and a judgment and that I have a part in carrying the gospel along with the gifts and talents He poured into me before the foundations of the world..no I haven’t seen Him but I have seen him come through those whose lives were yielded to Him…and my hope and faith I guess one could say in the words of the Hymn “The Solid Rock” ..by William B. Bradbury
    My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name…On Christ the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand…when darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil, His oath, He covenant, His blood, support me in the whelming flood; when all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay..When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found; dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. On Christ the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking ground…..dj …..What do I hope to see that I haven’t seen yet?…All that God has For those that love Him…because He said in 1 Corinthians 2:9  “as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him….”verse 10 says “God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit;….” but thats what I hope to see…dj

  11. I was studying in 1 Thessalonian after reading this blog. and in these verses (1-20) it was showing how when you become a follower of Jesus (dependent) on Him along with others who are dependent on Him…you become strong in the things of God…and …these people turned from their idols and unto God…and having not seen Christ but only through the teaching/preaching of Paul…they were looking forward to the second coming along with the other believers ……Paul said they were his “hope” to see in the presence of the Lord Jesus at his coming……so …another part of my hope  is to see .. more souls coming in….for his Kingdom…. just like Needles said. dj

  12. When continuing to study, in the part in the blog that says “when we take our substance from a negative force of another or any force other than God we are always in need”…I was reminded about what the Lord said in Matt.16:6-12..Then Jesus said unto them, take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, it is because we have taken no bread, which, when Jesus perceived, he said unto the, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand that I spoke not to you concerning bread, but that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they that he bade them not to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees….
    Then I went to the part in the blog that spoke about “Ingesting our substance from God”…and I went to John 6:51-58(Jesus speaking)…I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews, therefore, strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. He who eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him…As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by The Father, so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me…This is that bread which came down from heaven, not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead; he that eateth of this bread shall live forever……..Interesting study!..:)dj

  13. “What things are we hoping for that we haven’t yet seen?”
    Needles listed Heaven and many things that go with it. I agree with her on that. When we are desiring heaven, that ‘heavenly country’,then Heb 11:16 says God is not ashamed to be called our God and prepares a city for us. It is an awful thought to think that God is ashamed of us if our sights, hope and priorities aren’t on obtaining heaven for ourselves and others. And Heb 12:28 tells us that since we are “receiving such a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” That has to be our focus and chickenfarmer has really been encouraging us to do just that.

  14. Dorothy, great insightful thoughts. I think we will remember this the next time we come to the communion table.

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