Notes 1-19

From 2 Corinthians 5:7 Andrew Wommack

Matthew 13:14-15 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;
You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
15 For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.’


Faith sees and understands with the heart …

Paul prayed in Eph 1:18 that “the eyes of your heart may be enlightened”

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2 Corinthians 5:7

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Note 15 at 2Co 5:7: The Christian life is to be regulated and conducted by faith, as opposed to the external and outward appearances of physical sight. There is a sense in which sight is involved, but it is the spiritual seeing of faith rather than seeing with the physical eye.

Heb 11:27 says that Moses “by faith…forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” In other words, Moses’ faith allowed him to carry on despite hardships, because he could see–that is, apprehend as if by physical sight, visualize, understand and comprehend–the God who is invisible (incapable of being seen, Joh 1:18).

Faith sees and understands with the heart, as stated in Mt 13:15, “lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart.” Paul prayed in Eph 1:18 that “the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (New International Version).

Faith is responding positively to God’s promises. A particular promise of His Word must be seen, heard, understood, and believed in the heart (Mt 13:15, 23; Ro 10:8, and 10) so that it may be acted upon and bear fruit (Mt 13:23 and Jas 2:17-18). One Greek word for “believe” is “PEITHO,” and it means to be persuaded and signifies allowing oneself to be persuaded by hearing, which comes by the Word of God (Ro 10:17).

Abraham was strong in faith because he was fully persuaded that what God had promised, God was able also to perform (Ro 4:20-21). The object of all true faith is God Himself, not having faith in one’s faith. Faith, like a seed, must be planted, watered, and nurtured (Mt 13:18-23). It must always go back to the promise of God and the God behind that promise. Faith carries the idea of being certain and assured of the reality of what is believed (Heb 11:1).

Note 16 at 2Co 5:7: This is a very simple principle that is very difficult to do. Most of us are more dominated by our sense of sight than we are by our faith, and therein lies our basic problem. When we renew ourselves to the point that faith dominates sight, then miracles happen.

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