Monday, January 23, 2017

Can God See Your Faith




An angel told Peter in Acts 5:20 to "go stand and speak in the temple to the people "All" the words of this life". The words of this life? What did the angel mean?

Perhaps the Angel referred to the Christian's call to "live by faith". The disciples and the saints of old demonstrated "the fact of faith"  in their daily lives and ministries. In a previous post I noted "faith" can be seen. God saw Abraham had faith in Him when he offered his son Isaac on the altar.

Paul saw that the man of Lystra had faith to be healed. What did Paul see? Some say Paul could tell by his countenance-his facial expressions that the man had faith to be healed. Paul could see hope in his face. Although crippled from his mother's womb, his attitude was not sour or full of self-pity. Nor was he docked or anchored to his condition. He did not cynically accept the condition as a part of life but was quietly expecting and hoping that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would show up and change his situation.

What can we tell by your countenance? Can we see hope and faith on your face!

Your countenance is a reflection of what's going on in your heart/thoughts (Daniel 5:10).

Solomon said, A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance and by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

How do we make our hearts merry? What do we do when our circumstances and thoughts are negative and our spirits are low or as David said "cast down".

David gives us the answer in Psalm 42:5, by reminding us to "trust/have hope in God". Some of us have experienced failure in our lives and our souls are cast down. In "Lord of the Marketplace", Myron Rush says, "When we fail God wants us to trust Him so that He can save us from our troubles. He then wants us to tell people that He was responsible for the rescue. Yet in the same situation, Satan wants us bitter, resentful, fearful, and angry toward God for our problems."

Some of us have experienced failure because we have trusted in ourselves instead of trusting God. Regarding the Israelites, David said they received not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them but His/God's right hand and arm, and the light of His countenance, because He had favor on them (Psalm 44:3)

If you have accepted Christ as your savior, and have become a citizen of heaven you cannot obtain success as the world does. Kingdom of heaven citizens operate under a different set of rules. And rule number one is "the just shall live by faith" (Hebrews 10:38). You must trust the Lord to make your way prosperous. He will have it no other way.

The only way you will possess the land you've spied out is to trust God to make a way for you. The Israelites spied out the land but only God could tear down the walls of their enemies. Are you going to possess the land/your land this year? Then trust in God!

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