navel gazing versus faith

“Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves – blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One. While he looks at Christ, the very things he has so long been trying to do will be getting done within him. It will be God working in him to will and to do.

“…Faith is a redirecting of our sight, a getting out of the focus of our own vision and getting God into focus. Sin has twisted our vision inward and made it self-regarding. Unbelief has put self where God should be… Faith looks out instead of in and the whole life falls into line.”
-p. 84-85, “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer

Praying to get out of my navel gazing habits…

“And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord… You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”” -Psalm 27:6,8

“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” -Psalm 123:1

2 thoughts on “navel gazing versus faith

  1. Crystal says:

    Beth,This song…GRACE, is one of our favorites (and we love Silar’s Bald too)! We wanted it sung at our wedding but couldn’t find the music for it. It’s such a great song, and a great reminder of God’s sufficient grace.Thanks for sharing!are you coming to BKk anytime soon? We’re heading out April 27…let us know if there’s anyway we can see you before then…kay?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beth, thanks for this. I shared it with my bro and sis in law while in BKK…i’ve been having good talks with my bro lately about faith 🙂

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