Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Too many of us approach life in combat mode, always battling and very rarely winning. This isn’t the life you have to live. Sure there are seasons when life and hell is throwing everything at you but this isn’t reality 100% of the time. You don’t have to live under constant pressure and feeling over burdened. Get a different perspective. God offers us a relationship with him, whereby, we get access to his inexhaustible grace and power to live the life he’s called each of us to. But you have to come to him. You can’t keep doing life in your own strength. You must choose to stop and drink from his living waters. Often times, we are our own worst enemies because we don’t create space in our minds, hearts and schedules for his presence to renew us. It’s time to stop making life harder for yourself than what it needs to be. Run to him and ask for his help!
The phrase ‘By Faith’ appears 19 times in Hebrews 11 (Read it some time today). It’s a phrase that describes how the great people of old lived their lives and followed God’s call upon them. What these heroes of faith did, pleased God because they did them by faith in God. Their testimony has been given to us to inspire us and challenge us to live by faith. What God has started in their faithful example, He wants to complete in us by faith!
Too many of us live by fear rather than by faith! Fear is False Expectations Appearing Real. Fear is Failure Expected And Received. Fear makes you Forget Everything And Run. Too often we behave in a certain way due to our fear of opinions or circumstances rather than by faith in who God is and what his Word says.
Isn’t it funny how the devil tries to discourage your faith in God when God asks you to do something for him. He puts in front of your face all the negative reasons why you should give up and not believe in God’s grace and promises to you. The devil is a liar!
Living by FAITH is Forsaking All I Trust Him. Faith is Full Assurance In The Heart. Faith positions you to experience Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him. Faith is a Fact Accepted In The Heart. Faith says, ‘Fear Aint In This House’. Habakkuk 2:4 ‘The righteous shall live by faith’.
Everyone exercises faith in something at sometime. Whether it be flying in a plane, giving driving lessons to your ‘L Plated’ son or daughter or starting a new career, we all exercise faith to some degree. Spiritual faith is different, in that, it has as its object heavenly realities. Faith is the assurance of ‘things’ hoped for and the conviction of ‘things’ not seen.
Faith is the eye of the soul and the bible is the eye-glass through which faith looks. In the natural realm, seeing is believing but in the spiritual realm, believing is seeing. Faith in God grasps unseen realities based upon God’s testimony of himself and revelation to us and acts by faith towards what is not yet revealed.
Are you living by faith or by fear? Do you profess Jesus with your lips but deny him in your heart because you are directed more by your fears than by your faith in God’s Word? Mental assent to bible truths isn’t enough. Personal trust in a personal saviour is required. It’s time we lived By Faith!
Prophecy is a revelation of God’s heart and mind. The OT prophets became the message before they delivered the message. On the revelation of the OT prophets and the Law depends the greatest revelation God could ever give to us.
We often hear about how much God loves us and for good reason. Our flesh and the enemy of our souls tries to pull us away from this profound and central truth but there is no greater revelation and commandment than God’s call to us to love him with all of our heart, soul and mind.
The sort of love God is calling us to is characterised by sacrifice. Jesus said, ‘Whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life will save it.’ True love is demonstrated by what you are willing to give up for it. Every time God’s called me to embrace something, he’s asked me to let go of something else. You can’t go up in God, if you don’t give up something.
The greatest act of love is what Jesus did for us on the cross. Jesus left heaven. The word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus lived a sinless life. He was persecuted even though he was innocent and he was ultimately killed for his obedience to his Father.
The tragedy is in the last days the love of many will grow cold. Our affections have become more for this temporary world than for eternal things. The western church says, ‘What’s the least I can do and still follow Jesus?’ It doesn’t work like that. That’s an oxymoron.
Following Jesus requires everything. Empowerment comes from dependence upon him. Dependance comes from attempting that which only the Holy Spirit can achieve. The more out of depth you are, the more dependant you are and the more dependant you are, the more empowered you are.
You can’t clock on and clock off with God. You’re either all in or you are taking up space. God wants to be God alone in your life. It’s not God and my career or God and my hobbies or God and my house. It’s just God.. period. He’s a jealous God and he wants you and the affections of your heart.
All the Law and the Prophets depend on this one primary thing = Love God with all of your heart, soul, strength and mind. This speaks of whole-hearted devotion. How much we love God will be determined by our level of sacrifice, the affections of our heart, the passion of our soul and the content of our thinking.