FAITH = EVIDENCE & SUBSTANCE, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 11/16/20 From Ken<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
“You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:6–7, NIV)
Not “Here” But “There”
When Mary Magdalene and two other women went to Jesus’ tomb after His death, an angel said to them, “He is not here. He has risen! He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.” Notice that the angel said, “He is not here. He is there.” The angel was saying, in effect, “I know you’re hurting, but don’t stay here. Something better is waiting for you there.” In other words, “here” is the disappointment, the bad medical report, the dream that didn’t work out. If you stay “here,” you’ll be discouraged. You have to go “there.” Sometimes the reason God doesn’t comfort us in the “here,” in the disappointment is because He doesn’t want us to stay where we are. “There” is where God is waiting for you. “There” is where the blessing is. The disappointment is simply a season. God has already gone ahead and lined up the next level. Move forward into “there.”
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are always going ahead in my life, lining up the next level, and You’re not in the past. Thank You that I don’t have to be stuck in the “here.” I believe that You are waiting for me in the “there” with restoration and blessing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Every day we use faith, real faith. Every time I climb into my truck I have faith that the motor and the breaks will work. Every time I drive our crazy Mamalahoa Hwy. I must have faith for all of the other drivers to stay on their side of the road. And there is no fence to keep them from my side of the road. And I have had times with my faith did not hold up. One day I was driving north with a load of gravel in my truck and this guy was waiting at a left turn crossing up ahead so I thought all was OK but at 38mph he pulled out just as I got there and totaled his car and my truck. But got another truck and still driving, now that is faith.
God, by faith, created energy into matter and into making you and me in physical form so we could learn to have faith and live with HIM. We were created/conceived on planet earth to learn how to use faith so we could become like HIM. The New Testament if full of conditional promises of if we do this than God will do that. And it is all good. But like driving my truck there is a learning curve. I learned to read and then could learn to read a map or know what the signs meant on the road. I learned humility and obedience in respecting the other driver and that if I don’t there will be deadly issues. Some things I learned by experience and most of the time that was painful. If I learn by faith, then things go a lot smoother.
So in the spiritual world where God lives there is also much to learn about faith and how it works. To know about faith is not the same as to have faith. Head Faith is to check out a bridge. To have real faith is to drive over the bridge. Most of the time with have only head faith and try to get something done and nothing happens and then we blame GOD for not showing up. But head faith is only wishful thinking. It is not the same as really knowing. With me I am still learning about faith and growing in faith but if I pray for a back and it does not get healed I would be surprised and wonder why not. And then start counseling as to why not and 95% of the time the leg grows out and the back is fixed by the Holy Spirit. An\d I can tell if there is unbelief on the other side as it take a little longer to happen. If the person has faith it is a very quick fix. But with everything else I am still learning about faith. Hebrews 11 is a great chapter on faith to help anyone grow in Kingdom Faith. We are saved, sealed and empowered by faith. Everything God has made including you and me is held together by HIS faith. We have much to learn about faith. And faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of GOD. Get yourself a New Testament recording of the King James Bible by Alexander Scorby, you will love it and grow very quickly as you listen. Much better for me than reading. And can listen in my truck.
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