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How to Discover a New World

I have been posting about faith lately.  Our faith is seen in our choices.  As we learn new things about Christ, we then have a choice whether to believe it or not.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

We looked at this verse in my last post.  I said that being sure meant that our faith is a support to our expectations in Christ.  So each time I learn something new about Christ, and make the choice to believe it – I add a new support structure.  As long as this continues, my walk with the Lord grows.

The above verse also says that faith is being certain of what we do not see.  The word translated as certain means proof or discovery.

Faith, then, is the discovery of things not seen.  Notice that the writer of Hebrews did not say it was the discovery of things invisible.  Rather, faith is the discovery of things you haven’t seen.

We say that Columbus discovered America.  We understand that the New World was not invisible; it just couldn’t be seen from Europe.  Through a series of choices Columbus got to a place where he could see it.

In the same way, you can discover new worlds of faith in Christ.  You may not have known that the Lord paid the price for your healing.  Through a series of choices, you came to a healing service.  While there, you hear a message that touched your spirit proclaiming Christ as Healer.

As the Holy Spirit works in you, you choose to accept this truth by faith.  Now your faith is the proof, the discovery, of that which was not seen.

The things that God has prepared for me are not invisible; I’m just not in a place where I can see them.  Faith is the proof I need that they are there.

But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all…
1 Corinthians 14:24

When we let God speak through us, an amazing thing happens.  Someone may hear the message that has not yet accepted Christ.  He discovers that he’s a sinner.  If he embraces this new discovery, he can make the choice to cross over into the kingdom of God.

Faith is always discovery and response.  As I respond in faith to each new revelation, I lay hold of a new support.  Each positive response helps me to climb a little higher.  We must continue to live out this faith-walk and let God complete His work in us.

Question: What was the most recent discovery that added to your faith-walk?

© Nick Zaccardi 2012

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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Faith

 

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Death to Life

John 5:24-25
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.  I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.”

It’s obvious that Jesus is talking about spiritual life here, because He says, “has now come”.  It was not future, but was being fulfilled in the days that Jesus walked the earth.  He was really giving the Pharisees a slap in the face because of their self-righteousness.  They were the dead people (spiritually) that Jesus was talking about.  He was basically telling them, “Wake up!  You’re dead and if you want life, you must believe and obey my words.”

It was time for them to hear and live.  Jesus loved them and desired that they would pass over from death into life.  Unfortunately, their pride kept them from accepting Christ for who He was.  Even today pride is one of the biggest hindrances to the move of God in the church.

I think a big part of our problem is not knowing the real issue.  We think that our choice is between God and the devil.  We either look at it that way or make it a choice between good and evil.  The fact is that neither of those choices are what the Lord put before us.  The real choice He gives us is life or death.  As a matter of fact, there may be a “good” thing that I do too often, and it results in bringing death to my spiritual walk.

As long as I lower the standard by “trying to be good,” I will never attain to the abundant life in Christ.  I must seek to let allow the life of Christ to shine through me.  That is what will lift me up to where I should be.

Jesus makes an important point here.  It is the basis of our hope and trust in Him.  Christ is the Life Giver.  This is the foundation for everything else.  We must go to Him if we really want to live pleasing to God.

Spend time with the Life Giver today.  Let the Holy Spirit impart to you the life that only He can give.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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