2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. I know many Christians think that their afflictions are what brings the glory. It’s not what we are going through that brings God glory, if that was the case then the hospitals would be full of God’s glory because there are many afflicted people in the hospital. God doesn’t get any glory from our afflictions. What is going to bring Him glory is, when we go through problems, we focus on the things that are not seen. However, if we’re focused on what we are going through instead of the unseen, then God is not going to get the glory. We all have a tendency to look at what we are going through instead of what we can see in the spirit realm. We need to learn how to live over in that dimension. That doesn’t mean that we’re not going to have moments where we look at what we are going through, but don’t camp out there. Just say, wait a minute, the word of God says if I will look at the things that are not seen then the things that are seen are temporary (subject to change). It is not easy to do; I can tell you that from my past and present experiences. You have to make adjustments and get focused on the unseen.
Colossians 2:8 tells us to, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Beware is an old Elizabethan term which is ‘be war’ and it was a term that was used for soldiers who were on guard duty. It was meant for them to be ready because they were at war. We also need to be ready because there is a battle going on and we need to be aware of it. The word ‘cheat’ there literally means to be taken captive. The things being referred to in Colossians 2:8 are talking about our thoughts. Through our thinking Satan is going to attempt to take us captive. We are going to start wondering why things are not working the way they should be working, why all hell is breaking loose, and why nothing is working right. Satan is trying his best to spoil us and take us captive and he does it by philosophies in and through our thinking.
Colossians 2:9-10 goes on to say, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Complete means you are not lacking anything. We are complete sons and daughters of God and every single thing that we need is in us because we are in Him and we are complete in Him and He’s in us. God gave us the Holy Spirit to indwell us and the Holy Spirit came in us and brought in us the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The things, which are not seen, are literally in you. The only thing stopping anyone from walking in the reality of it is their wrong thinking or, in other words, their philosophy.
My philosophy is: if I find it in the word of God I’m going to walk in it to the best of my ability. This is the way God intended for us to live! God gave us the Bible for instructions, so that we can be thoroughly furnished; not partially furnished. However, many Christian’s philosophy is: well, I will do this part God’s way and this part my way; then Satan takes them captive because of their philosophy. He’s making a prisoner out of them because of what is going on in their thinking. That’s why Roman’s 12:2 tells us, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (or your thinking) that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” What is your philosophy? We need to get our thinking lined up with the Word of God, because, whatever our philosophy is, will determine how we respond to every situation in our life.