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The verse the study is focused around is in 2 Corinthians. It’s 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (NIV):

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

In the first verse Paul is telling us that we must be *confident  in all we do. Why? Because confidence is one of the traits people lack these days. Our nature is timid; quiet. Though for some they fake having confidence and use power and worldly possessions to look good. Confidence can be delicate, when people pick on others they lose confidence in themselves, that is why, as Christians, we have to remember to stand strong, stand up and be ready knowing we’ll be made fun of, but also knowing that we are made perfectly in the image of God.

When we walk by faith, so much more can be accomplished. If we walk by plain sight, sure we can see, but we see everything from a human perspective. When people walk by faith, they are more confident, knowing Christ is always there. No matter what. So many amazing things happen when people walk by faith, ‘ cause really, you’re able to see more, you’re not “nearsighted” like others who walk by plain sight.

Verse 8 talks how we are confident (in Christ) and sure that we’d rather be in paradise (heaven), than here, on earth.  It’s true, but we also need to go our and serve, just like our Savior Jesus did. We have a purpose on earth. And when our days are up God will call us home, for he has numbered our days. We’d rather be home with Jesus because our soul wants to be in a good; perfect, place. Earth is the opposite. It’s in fact, far from perfect – its full of sinful people.

In verse 9, we are told to do something. That something is to make a goal to please our Lord, to honor, worship, and remember him. Whether we are at home, school, a friend’s house, or across the globe. Or even at church or in heaven – glorify him!

In the last verse it talks about how when the day when we are all called home Christ will seat us before himself and look through all the scenes of our lives. On that day he’ll judge us with wisdom, fairness, and with the truth. We will receive our dues done in our earthly body whether it was good or bad, judgement will be shown.

*1. having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment. 2. sure of oneself; having no uncertainty about one’s own abilities, correctness, successfulness, etc.; self-confident; bold: a confident speaker.

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In 2 Corinthians 5:7 it says, “We live by Faith and not by sight.” This verse is basically saying that we need to remember to keep God first, going to him in hard times, have faith and keep up with those who inspire us. As for having sight, why? Yes, our faith is based upon facts and history, but it’s mainly based on faith; belief in something we can’t see, it says this in Hebrews 11:1, it states, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Helen Keller once wrote, “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.” She also said, “If the blind put their hands in God’s, they find their way more surely than those who see but have not faith or purpose.” Referring back to the faith, and of believing in God, Jesus, the Spirit; the Trinity. We need to have assurance, confidence in all we do, and say godly and worthy things. Remember all things, it was through Helen Keller’s blindness that God brought her closer to him, she depended on him and lead a life full of a trusting relationship with him.

If help is needed and faith is tested, turn to God and those around you. Those who care and love you, like a brother or sister in Christ.

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