In the spiritual realm, our senses deceive us. The invisible is what is most real and durable. All we see will perish.
Paul says we walk by faith, not by sight, 2 Cor 5.7. The way of God is not perceived or pursued by physical means. Neither can it be predicted or produced by material objects. Continue reading
We want to see, but we cannot, now, see the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can love him.
We want to touch and feel, but we cannot, now, touch the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can wait for him and believe in his promise to return.
We want to listen, but we cannot, now, hear his voice. But we can hear the words he taught in person on earth and the words he inspired his apostles and prophets to write in Scripture. And we can hope to hear his words of approval and welcome on the final day. Continue reading
For faith no Friday’s black,
There is no spiritual hack,
No shortcut or painless way,
No easier price to pay —
For life, prepare to lose:
To die on a Cross we choose.
We count only on those resources that we are able to see and handle. The tendency is human, and universal, over millennia, to fail to depend on the power of God. Continue reading
How to reignite our joy and hope, when we have lost them?
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” Jn 20.20.
Jesus’ resurrection is the proof of all that God proposed to accomplish for humanity. The risen Christ restores the joy of receiving God’s gift and the hope of a future within his purpose. Continue reading
God allows no one to stand between us and saving faith in Christ. No one can rule over our faith. Christ and Christ alone opens our access to God. We can be bold in our approach to him. We are coworkers with all of God’s children, because there is no hierarchy in his kingdom—only Christ as head and all saints as members of the body. Praise God for being accessible and receptive to our approach!
Deliver to the Lord your works and plans,
And find success when all is in his hands.
No deed will turn out well he doesn’t bless,
But faith unleashes power — from God, no less.
Believers in the Spirit accomplish more
Than any can imagine, his riches pour
Upon the faithful for the kingdom’s use;
The least of Christ can never give excuse
Of lack or little — all is ours, and we
Are God’s possession, and he with his is free.
READ: “Because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith” 1 Jn 5.4.
THINK: By faith David won over Goliath. The world (=everything and everyone against God) appears to be immense, but God is greater. We already know the ending. Victory depends only on our faithfulness. Faith has content: Jesus as the Son of God, 1 Jn 5.5. Victory through Christ is a motive for gratitude and praise, 1 Cor 15.57. In him, we are more than conquerors, Rom 8.37. Continue reading
READ: “I do not mean that we rule over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because by faith you stand firm” 2 Cor 1.24.
THINK: Christians are coworkers with God in the gospel, 1 Cor 3.9; 2 Cor 6.1, and with their brothers and sisters in order to save others and promote faith, Phil 1.5; 4.3; Col 1.7; 4.7, 11; 3 Jn 8. No one has “dictatorial power” (TLNT) over another; faith cannot depend on another, except God. In God’s kingdom only Christ is Leader. Continue reading
READ: “and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” 2 Tm 3.15 NET.
THINK: Faith comes by hearing the truth in Scripture. Faith has to have content: in Christ. It is the initial condition for salvation. What’s important is to believe in Jesus and let that faith lead us to obedience. Continue reading