When you’re in the middle of a crisis, what you really believe manifests itself in your words, attitude, and actions.
When Lazarus died and his sister Martha said, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died’ (John 11:21 NCV), she was voicing past-tense faith. When Jesus said, ‘[Lazarus] will…live again’ (v 23 NCV) and she replied, ‘I know that he will…live…in the resurrection…’ (v 24 NCV), that was future-tense faith. And when she said, ‘…Even now God will give you anything you ask’ (v 22 NCV), she was demonstrating ‘now’ faith, which is present-tense.
As believers, the Bible tells us not to ‘…look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen…’ (2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV). ‘Now’ faith stakes its claim on ‘something…even if we do not see it’ (Hebrews 11:1 NCV).
Paul says, ‘…we walk by faith, not by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV). Too often we base our feelings on what we see, instead of what God says in His Word.
But as the author Jon Walker writes: ‘When we believe that reality is confined to what we see, we become trapped into thinking the only truth is what we see. We become prisoners of our own perceptions; we cease walking in faith…For those who walk by faith, appearances are never the ultimate reality…Reality extends beyond what you can see…the things we do not see are eternal [time and circumstance do not diminish or alter them] (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV).
Even though things may appear bad, God is working things out for our good (Romans 8:28). He knows how the story ends, so fix your eyes on the unseen and not on what you see.’
‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…’ Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 12:1-2, 28-29
The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness & worldly passions & to live self-controlled, upright, & Godly lives in this present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God & savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness & to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works! let us also lay aside every weight, & sin which clings so closely, & let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder & perfecter of our faith! Let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence & awe, for our God is a consuming fire!
God is training you to live a Godly life! Look to Jesus & you will be able to run with endurance! Be zealous for his good work in you! God loves you& has provided everything you need! Seek Him today! Never delay!