The God of Bethel

Dear Ones:

There are many things that are true, but are not “realities” to us, because they are not “real” to our senses, minds, and hearts.  God has made provision for this with regard to our knowing Him.  Think of this…He makes the world, and us.  He then comes to live by His Spirit in our hearts when we truly call upon Him in sincerity and truth.  Beyond this, Jesus says that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth, who will instruct and teach us, revealing the things of God to us.  More than this, He becomes the great source of LIFE.  He becomes our capacity for all things good and holy.  How can the presence of God, by His Spirit, go unnoticed, unknown, not be “real” to sense, and conviction of heart?  Very simply put, all we need to do is to WORSHIP…to stop, look at Him, and give to Him that which He is worthy to receive…admiration and devotion.  After all, even He declares Himself to be Wonderful (Is. 9:6), and by this we mean in the measure that we can understand, all things wonderful and good.  The question becomes this:  Is worship the FIRST and most important thing in this life, where Christ is to be all to us, and so very real?

If you look at Exodus 20:3, we find that the first of the ten commandments is:  “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me…thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…”  What is it to have other gods before Him, expressed by graven images?  It means that idolatrous thoughts are those that are not truth, but twisted forms of imaginations and speculations.  Jesus said in Matthew 4:10, addressing Himself to Satan:  “Thou shalt WORSHIP the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.”  What is He saying?  He is declaring that we must have a crystal clear, and absolute view of WHO God is, and correspondingly attribute to Him His worthiness, beauty, and distinctiveness (holiness).  So many folk “worship” that which they do not know, and do so on the basis of false ideas of who God truly is.  Hence, there’s is NOT true worship, and Christ is NOT a reality to them.

If you study the great men and women of the Bible, and those who have been distinguished in the annals of history as men and women of faith, you will find that their concepts of Christ are for the most part true, and that as a consequence, they fall down before Him and worship.  This is the first thing.  If Christ is not a reality to us in the quietness of the place of devotion where we meet Him, then, when we get on the battle-field of life, He will certainly not be.

God called Jacob to leave Mesopotamia, and return to a place called Bethel.  It was at Bethel that the Lord had revealed Himself to Jacob many years before, and where Jacob had made a vow to God.  In that calling, God said to Jacob:  “Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make thee an altar unto God…” (Gen. 35:1)  What is the first thing?  It is to be where God would have us to be, and that, in order to worship.  For it is in that attitude and act of worship, in Spirit and truth, that God reveals Himself to the heart, mind, and soul.  Christ becomes not just “a” reality, but “the greatest” reality of life, and the very source and essence of all faith and love.

So, today, may we go to Bethel…to dwell, to live in His presence.  And let us worship Him, the greatest of all realities.  It is there, in that place of certain good, that He will reveal Himself to us.  Then, we shall be able to serve Him rightly, joyfully, and so very  thankfully…with all our hearts.

Love, Dad

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There They Shall See Me

Dear Ones:

After the resurrection of Christ, before His ascension, He instructed “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary” to tell his disciples to go into Galilee.  There was a promise associated with this simple command:  “…THERE shall they see Me.” (Matt. 28:10)  The Lord at one point spoke to Ezekiel and said:  “…Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will THERE talk with thee…(I) went forth into the plain: and , behold, the glory of the Lord stood there.” (Ez. 3:22-23)  In both of these cases, there is something that is so very common…both resulted in the personal worship of God.  When Jesus met Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, they fell at his feet and held them, worshipping Him.  Later the disciples in Galilee, when they saw Him, they worshipped. When Ezekiel saw the “glory of the Lord, ” he said, “…I fell on my face.” (Ez. 3:24)  In these three instances the individuals were declaring to the Lord, by words and actions, their consideration of the worth, beauty, and wonder of His person.  In these instances, they were overwhelmed by the fact that they were in the presence of God, merciful and gracious, and yet, almighty and sovereign.  The point is this.  BECAUSE THEY WERE WORSHIPPERS OF GOD, GOD WAS A REALITY TO THEM.  The second point is that, if we would know Him, and worship Him, we must be, not only in mind and heart His BE His, but be WHERE He would have us to be.

Scripture truly comes alive when we look at what the Lord Jesus says about the last days, and His coming.  And in light of “wars and rumors of wars,” He declares what we are to be and to do.  He speaks of His servants being faithful and wise, and this as it pertains to serving others.  He goes on to deal with the “resources” that He entrusts to His servants, and the necessity to be a good and faithful servants, in using these talents (resources) for His glory.  And in the midst of all this consideration, the servant is to be watchful, circumspect, knowing the times in which he or she is living.  Now, the question becomes, “Can I be so involved with serving, that I cease to attend to the first thing, the one thing needful?”  The answer to this question is another one:  “Is Jesus Christ real to me?”  Or is He in heaven, and I upon this earth, with little “reality” between?

When John writes to the church at Ephesus in the book of the Revelation, he declares to them the Lord’s words, “You have left your first love.”  I believe that when we have lost the meaning and practice of personal adoration, and worship of Christ…at His feet, worshipping in Spirit and truth, then we lose the “reality,” the consciousness of His presence.  We serve, but not out of love.  We serve, but often independent of Him.  We are called first and foremost to worship Him, then to serve.

We began this devotional by looking at verses which spoke of places the Lord would have certain people “go,” in order to “see” Him, or to “hear” His voice.  What we discover by this is that God calls us to live in a certain place, or travel to certain places, in order to  serve Him. It might be that He would have us to live where we are, but maybe not.  That is His choice…for He knows where we shall be of greatest usefulness and fruitfulness.  It will be in that place where He has chosen to reveal Himself to our hearts.  Maybe we can sum up the whole of this topic by saying, “…although God is everywhere, Christ by His Spirit is particularly WHERE He has called us to be…for THERE, He will reveal Himself to the heart.

Love, Dad

The Lord’s Secret

Dear Ones:

A secret is something that is hidden, unknown, kept privately in the heart and mind.  With regard to men, we think it may be great or small, good or bad, long-lasting or short-term.  But if we enter the realm of the eternal, and we consider the “secret of the Lord,” (Ps. 25:14), the magnitude and eternal ramifications of the thing hidden can be “beyond what we could ask or think,” or which can be expressed in what the Lord told Habakkuk:  “…I will work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” (Hab. 1:5)

Let’s get a little more close to home with regard to “the secret of the Lord.”  In Psalm 25:14, we read: “…The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant.”  That which is in the mind and heart of God, hidden from the eyes and understanding of men, God does reveal.  But He reveals it to a certain kind of person, one who “fears” Him.  What does this mean?  It means first that the believer has a right concept of God, not an idolatrous, twisted, and false concept.  When Moses asked the Lord to see His glory, scripture tells us:  “…And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.'” (Ex. 34:6)  He goes on to speak of his mercy to thousands, but that He will judge those who are guilty of sin, of unbelief.  Now, why is this vision of God so very important, if we would be in that position for Him to reveal His secrets?  It is simply that for those who have such a vision of Him, there is the response of a  commitment to Him to believe in Him as such, and follow Him.  Those who honor Him, He will honor, and this is manifested in that He reveals His will, and His secrets, to those who have clean hands and a pure heart.  This attitude of mind and heart are only possible with a right vision of God.

What are the secret things?  Jeremiah tells us that, “…it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (Jer. 10:23)  How then are we to know His will for our individual lives?  How are we to know the reason for which He has brought us into the world, “…created in Christ Jesus unto good works?”  We are not photocopies, but His individual masterpieces, each with God-endowed gifts, and capacities.  So, how do we know these gifts, and calling of God, which are hidden to us?  “By revelation.” Paul tells us that, “…it pleased God…to REVEAL His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen.” (Gal. 1:15-16) Such is the calling of God.  But there is also the secret of the knowledge of the will of God, the direction of God in the life.  He later writes, “I went up (to Jerusalem) BY REVELATION.” (2:2)  So we see that God does reveal our calling to us, and His gifts.  But He also unveils to us the mysteries of His will in His time and way, and this, by giving us clarity of direction.  “He leadeth me.”

So, what are we to do?  Give to God His place…upon His throne in heaven, and upon the throne of our hearts, deferring to His calling and purpose for our lives.  I find it a very practical prayer to ask Him to “bring us sovereignly into conformity with His purposes, His will, and His way…believing Him to “instruct us and teach us in the way we should choose.”  He will not fail; He will prevail…for He is absolutely good, faithful and true.

Love, Dad

The Clarion Message

Dear Ones:

The clarion is a “shrill, narrow-tubed war trumpet,” which gives a “loud and clear” sound.  Why?  Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:8, “…For it the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”  What is the clarion message throughout Scripture which reveals to us the unchanging ways of God, and makes so very clear the basic principle by which we are to live?  It is, “…The just shall LIVE by faith.”

When God gave to Habakkuk the vision of what was soon to befall Israel because of her disobedience, He reminds Habakkuk that in it all, and regardless of the times and circumstance, the ways of God remain immutably the same.  In particular, “… the just shall live by his faith.” (Hab. 2:4)  Now, why does He say this?  Why is this the clarion message, declared so loud and clearly throughout Scripture?  It is because of  three realities.  The first is that all that is “good” in the sight of God must first come from Him, for as Jesus said, “God alone is good.”  Paul would follow this up by saying, “…there is none righteous, no, not one…there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Rom. 3:10,12).  The second reality is that God IS good, and all that He does and gives, is good.  The third reality is simply that we are created to be “receivers.”  We have no goodness, nor can we do good, unless we receive it BY FAITH from God…for He IS our goodness.

Scripture tells us that we are “justified by faith.”  How is this so?  It is because the goodness of God leads us to repentance, and that means, that we look heavenward and not inward for His righteousness.  “But as many as RECEIVED Him, to them gave He power (authority) to become the sons of God.” (Jn. 1:12)  So, we must receive the “free gift” of His righteousness in all of its completeness, beauty, and holiness…and are thus, justified.  What about our walk, and of being conformed into the image of Christ?  It is the same principle.  We might say, “We are sanctified BY FAITH…”  We thus live BY FAITH, and are changed, because we RECEIVE of Christ, by the Spirit.  We receive, and thus, are able to give that which is good.

The life of faith is a life lived by the Spirit, being led by Him, strengthened by Him, enabled by Him…it is a life of receiving from Christ all that is needful.  It is a life of abiding in His life, as He abides in us.  THIS is why the clarion message is so very important, for if we do not grasp that we are receivers, and that God is the blessed giver of all that is good, ever desiring to give that which is His highest and best, then how shall we please Him and glorify our Maker and Redeemer who has loved us with an everlasting love?

So today, let us respond to the Lord’s words in Psalm 81:10: “…I am the Lord thy God which brought thee out of Egypt: open thy mouth WIDE, and I WILL FILL IT.” (Ps. 81:10)  Let us obey it, and believe it,  taking the Lord at His word.

Love, Dad

 

A Mind Made Up

Dear Ones:

In the book of Joshua, where we read concerning his old age, and soon departure to be with the Lord, he writes:  “…Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15)  The context of such a declaration to Israel is the atmosphere, and practice, of the temptation to worship other gods, “…the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt.” (v. 14)  If ever there was a clear call to put off the world’s gods, its philosophy, its mindset…this is it.  We are called to enter by a narrow gate, and to walk a narrow path.  This is simply because the vast multitude of humanity is following some other path.  Isaiah puts the matter of the world’s way in an unmistakable, and clear manner:  “…we have turned everyone to HIS OWN WAY; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53:6)  This broad way is simply that way which is our own way, and not that of Christ.  In contrast to it, He declares Himself to be “the Way.” After Pentecost, those who followed Christ were said to be a group, belonging to “the Way.”

Why is it so important to come to grips with the matter of choice?  When Jesus spoke of the house being built upon the rock (Himself), He was speaking of a life built upon truth, and Himself as the truth.  It must be said at this point that all which is a contradiction to Christ and His word is NOT truth.  How foolish to build one’s whole life upon that which is not true, presently and eternally true, everlasting.  When Joshua uttered the afore-mentioned words concerning a choice, he was not just admonishing Israel to make a good choice, but an eternal one…one that was based upon absolute truth, reality.

It is increasingly believed in our society that “reality” is that which we “perceive” or feel, or even think.  The problem with this perspective is that what we “believe” depends upon our own “reasoning,” rather than what is absolutely true.  There are invisible physical laws that govern our physical universe.  There are spiritual laws that govern our relationship with God, with Christ, which, though “invisible” are nonetheless as real as physical laws.

In Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17, He prays to the Father that He would “…sanctify (the disciples) through Thy TRUTH.”  Then He said, “THY WORD IS TRUTH.” (v.17)  Jesus’ prayer is directed at the intervention of God in individual lives, and this by working according to the truth…His word.  The point is that God works always according to His word.  Why?  Because, as He is truth, His word is also…

Choosing to serve Christ is to first of all choose Him as our truth, the Rock upon which we will build our house.  Secondly, it means, to choose His word above all the philosophies, religions, and perspectives of men.  Though this way is narrow, and comparatively speaking, there are few that walk thereon, it is eternally sure.  “…As for me and my house, we WILL serve the Lord.”  May this be our continuing choice today, and in the days to come.

Love, Dad

 

And He Shall Reign

Dear Ones:

Henry Ironside had a very simple approach to practical Christianity.  He said, “God said it.  I believe it.  That settles it.”  Charles Spurgeon on his death-bed expressed the culmination of a life of preaching, by declaring that all can be resumed in the phrase:  “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”  In the tumult of circumstances, trials of life, and the blessings of life, there rings forth the resounding words of the Apostle Paul:  “…I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved ME, and gave Himself for ME.”  Three men, whose lives changed so many other lives, declare the same thing about this life of faith.   It is based on the faithfulness, and the unchangeableness of God, and it is motivated by love,  by God, who first loved us, and demonstrated and proved it in not sparing His Son.  The fact is, faith is based upon the rule and reign of Christ, His authority and power, and this working through love.  Regardless of what man might say or do.  Christ reigns, and will reign.

When John the Baptist was put in prison, he was cut off from “the fields of air.”  His circumstances were very confining,  and most probably, he was physically weakened.  His faith was tried as we see him questioning whether Christ was indeed the Messiah.  Christ reassured Him, and this by bringing to his remembrance His marvelous works and power, authority.  He reminded him in essence that He was still the coming King.

When Peter, after the resurrection, and somewhat impatient as to what was next on the agenda of God, declares to the other disciples:  “…I am going fishing.”  Jesus would appear on the shore, and tell the disciples to let down the net on a specific side of the boat, and this, after they had fished all night without catching anything.  The demonstration of His power and authority as witnessed by the great haul of fish that the disciples had, renewed their faith in His power and authority.  He demonstrated His reign, His power and authority.  In both of these illustrations, we see that faith is indeed based upon the power and authority of God…His immutable power.

One last thought…Paul declared to the Corinthians that his “…speech and preaching” was in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”  And then he adds, “…that your faith should NOT stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:4-5)  Here is the place where we take our stand, place our feet, and refuse to be moved…in the power of God…in the reign of Christ.  If we have taken Him to be our King, then His power is ours to trust in.  And He shall work in and through us, “…according to His power that worketh in us.”

Love, Dad

Expecting the Highest

Dear Ones:

How expectant are we of God’s intervention in our lives and those for whom we pray?  Perhaps the answer lies in the lack of knowledge of God, and of His will and desire.  Another reason has to do with knowing the present need as it truly is.

When Isaiah penned the words, “…until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, ” it was with the back drop of palaces being forsaken, …the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild donkeys, and a pasture of flocks…” (Is. 32:14-15).  What a hopeless situation, and one in which only God can give the new beginning.  But how does one have “hope” and live a life of expectancy in the mercy and goodness of God, in light of such circumstances?  It is in searching and knowing the scriptures, and there, finding out what the will and desire of God truly is.  How shall we trust Him specifically if we do not KNOW what He will do?

The more one studies Scripture, and especially with regard to His dealings with Israel, the more one understands that His purpose is to truly visit us, to reveal Himself to us, to meet us in our need.  Again, true Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship, where the Eternal God has come to meet the fathomless needs of the heart and soul.  The question is simply:  Can we believe Him to do so?  And are we so intent in our quest that we live “on tippy toes” of expectation?  We do not truly BELIEVE, until we truly RECEIVE, …first by faith, and then, to see it accomplished, and revealed.

In Jesus’ parable of the father who is asked by his son for bread, a fish, and/or and egg, for his food…the Lord makes it plain that a true father will give to his son that which is needful for his sustenance, and well-being.  It is only too natural.  And then He adds this: “…If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:13)  If ever there was a reason for which God will give His Holy Spirit to come and live within the heart, or meet the need of the moment, it is revealed in this parable.  The basis is the goodness and faithfulness of God, not to mention the greatness of the love of a “good” Father for his son.

So, again, the question…”Can we believe God to give His Holy Spirit, to pour out His Spirit from on high?”  I believe that we can, if we will.

Love, Dad

The Song In The Night

Dear Ones:

True Christianity is a very personal thing, and very real.  When Jesus tells us that the mystery hidden from all the ages, but now revealed in and to the church is our union with Him by the Spirit, …this is personal.  It is not like going to Jerusalem where Jesus “was.”  It is being and living where He “is” by the Spirit.  Though there was not the realization of this union with Christ until the birth of the church, the day of Pentecost, there was however in the Old Testament the revelation of the personal presence, that very reality of the proximity of His presence.

Psalm 46:1:  “God IS our refuge and strength, a very PRESENT HELP in time of trouble…God IS in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:  God shall help her, and that right early.”  What we need to grasp here is the accessibility that we have to God, and this because of His immutable presence, and willingness to reveal Himself to our hearts and minds, and in our circumstances.  To this end, He tells us:  “Be still and KNOW that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen.  I will be exalted in the earth.” (v.10)  We need to STOP, be still, and look at the eternal reality of His Person and Presence.  He is certainly NOT a God afar off.

How close is God?  Someone has said, “…nearer than the very air that we breathe.”  And it is so.  Before there is a word on our lips, He knows it altogether.  Before we ask anything in prayer, He knows the need.  He searches the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Is this not Divine proximity that is personal?

In one of the great passages where we see the Lord exhorting Israel to trust in Him, we read:  “…In quietness and confidence shall be your strength…And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you…blessed are all they that wait for Him…thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, ‘This is the way, walk ye in it.'” (Is. 30:15,18,21).  Is this not a Divine call to trust Him to be more to us than just a God who is there?  It is a wonderful invitation to BELIEVE Him, prove Him, know Him.

It was during the quietness of the night that God gave to Daniel the answer that he needed to tell the king the interpretation of his dreams.  And so, it is also in the night, when all is quiet and still, that He gives “songs in the night.”  Why do songs come to our hearts and minds?  Because in their stanzas and choruses, there are revealed the great truths of God upon which we can rely, and know Him.  And the Spirit of truth, whether using very simple songs, or the great deep hymns of the faith, delights to reveal the things of Christ to us, confirming to our hearts that He IS with us, even more close than the air that we breath….and thus, worthy of all our trust.

Love, Dad

 

 

Depth

Dear Ones:

How deep can we go with Christ?  What do we mean by going deep?  There is a great old hymn written by S.T Francis which gives us some idea of what “depth” the Lord desires to take us, and what the nature of that depth is.

“O the deep, deep, love of Jesus!  Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free;  Rolling as a mighty ocean it its fulness over me:  Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love; Leading onward, leading homeward, to my glorious rest above.”

The Apostle Paul, in his great prayer in Ephesians 3, prays for the Ephesian church in this manner: “…that He (the Father) would grant you…to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man…that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith…being rooted and grounded in love, …to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be FILLED with all the fulness of God.” (v. 16-19)  He goes on to declare that along these lines, and with this objective before him in prayer, “NOW, unto Him that is able to do the exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…according to the power that workes in us.” (v.20)  The point is this.  True depth, directional and functional depth, is in the knowledge of the love of God, and the experience of that love…loving God, and loving others.  We abide in His love, that we might in turn truly love…this is Christ dwelling in the heart by faith.  How far can God take us, and to what depths of this “deep, deep love?”  As far as we are willing to pray and believe Him.

It was Mme. Booth-Clibborn who wrote a tremendous hymn in French on this subject.   I shall try to translate:  “Lord, that which I reclaim, it is this rich gift of love!  May this celestial flame burn in me night and day!  This love, so strong, so tender, …love which endures all, which will never defend itself, ready to suffer until the end.  Before this vast (sea of) suffering, that extends itself from day-to-day, there must be an immense remedy, there must be an immense love.”

Sometimes in life, we seem to reach a plateau.  We do not seem to be gaining ground, and we are apt to be discouraged as there seems to be no breakthrough.  It may not be that we need to aim “higher” at this point, but go deeper, deeper into the love of God.  May we trust the Father to strengthen us to believe Him, to live in this blessed union with Christ, believing Him to fill us with this love of God, this deep, deep love of Jesus.  If indeed the measure of our usefulness is compassion, most certainly the measure of our fruitfulness will be in knowing the love of God, and giving that love to others.

Love, Dad

Why So Slow Of Heart To Believe?

Dear Ones:

It is an amazing study to see how the Lord Jesus presents Himself, and what He says, to His disciples after his resurrection.  We see them living in fear of the Jews, and in a stupor of bewilderment, not understanding what has just happened with regard to the crucifixion of Christ.  For three days there seems to be no movement, no change, no “hope,” for there is no apparent answer to the situation.  However, after three days, the movement begins.  There is first the revelation of the angel(s) at the tomb to the two Marys, and His declaration concerning the resurrection of Christ, “…as He said.”  Then there is the coming to the tomb of Peter and John.  There is no body, only the grave clothes with the face cloth neatly folded and put in a corner for all to see and notice.  This was certainly not the work of those who would steal His body away.   Then there would be the manifestation of the Lord Jesus to the two disciples on the road to Emaeus, when, his true identity being veiled to their sight, explained to them from the whole of the Scriptures concerning the Christ.  Their testimony of Him when He opened their eyes to see Who it was that was speaking to them, “…Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:32)  And then, there was the personal revelations of Himself as He would appear in the presence of the disciples, with the doors closed.  He would address their concerns of whether He was a spirit or not, by eating fish and honey.  He would address Thomas personally concerning his own unbelief.  By the seashore, He would address Peter concerning the question of loving Him, and this in the face of Peter’s denials.  The point is this.  Over and over, after the resurrection, Christ revealed Himself to  the disciples, both men and women, so that they would BELIEVE.

If we were to consider the illustration of a tree, and the fruit on that tree, we would say that the existence, and sustenance of that tree begins, and has its essence in the “root” of that tree.  The whole tree derives its life from the roots, and also, its stability.  I believe that we can assuredly say that the root of all the evil and sin in this world is because of the root of unbelief…the refusal, for whatever reason, to trust wholly in God, in Christ.  It is because of this that the Lord Jesus deals with the matter of faith in the lives of His disciples.  He says to Thomas, “…reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and BE NOT FAITHLESS, BUT BELIEVING.” (Jn. 20:27)  To the two disciples on the road to Emaeus, He would say, “…O fools (foolish ones), and SLOW OF HEART TO BELIEVE ALL  THAT THE PROPHETS HAVE SPOKEN…” (Luke 24:25)  There is no greater affront to God, and His character, than to not believe Him, to trust Him, to obey.  Indeed, it is a very foolish matter to trust in men, and that which has its origin in men.

The imperative of faith is declared in Hebrews 11:6, “…But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”  James, a most practical disciple, wrote in regard to prayer, “…But let him ask in FAITH, nothing wavering (doubting), for he that waverth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (James 1:6)

So then today,  let us not be “slow of heart to believe,” but on the contrary, rise up, and by the grace of God, lay hold on Christ, the absolutely faithful One.  Let us not be faithless, but believing, KNOWING that to truly believe in Him is to believe that He IS, and that He is a REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him.  He WILL answer the prayer of that one who prays in faith…for He giveth to ALL men liberally, and upbraideth not;…it shall be given him.

Love, Dad