We are always better together.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7 (NKJV)
In this passage, Paul is talking about how to live “at home in the body [but] absent from the Lord” (2 Cor 5:6)… It was a post-Jesus conundrum. The Son of God had walked, talked, breathed and lived with many of them – they still had physical memory of Jesus and His life on earth. But Jesus had ascended into heaven, and His disciples were left on earth. It ‘seemed’ that there was a separation again between God and man. We know that the Holy Spirit had entered the scene, but the teaching and understanding around Jesus living in hearts, living by the spirit of God, was still very new and revolutionary. Paul was encouraging those gathered at Corinth that the way to ‘walk out’ their life here on earth was by faith – believing that Jesus, while not physically and tangibly with them, was still very present and at work in their lives.
It’s a grand mystery. Some say that those who believe in what they cannot see, test or physically prove are immature and are not engaging logical or rational thought processes. But that’s not the case. To live by faith and conviction takes courage, maturity and determination. It shows a mental attitude towards life and belief that is based on more than whatever happens to be in front of us at any given moment. It engages another part of us… the mystical part that wants to know and feel that there is more to life than meets the eye.
We walk through life, we progress and journey from season to season, by believing and having faith that our Heavenly Father awaits us, and our Saviour Jesus empowers us. It’s this faith in the unseen; the spiritual vibration felt in the undertones of living, which connects us all… that crimson thread weaved through lives built on Jesus across all times past, present and future.
Don’t live by appearances – they can be deceptive, flippant, ever changing with the times and seasons… Walk out your life step by step, day by day, by faith, the conviction that your hope lies not in what is seen with the human eye, but in the power of Jesus.
Wherever you are ‘walking today,’ engage your faith in Jesus… Don’t just go by appearances, but be led by your belief.
Unity multiplies power.
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence" - Mother Teresa
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. John 12:46 (NLT)
Jesus had spoken these words not long before He was arrested, tortured, crucified and raised from the dead. It was interesting times, to say the least, and He was causing quite a stir socially, religiously and politically.
People were very divided over what they believed about Jesus. Some saw the miracles, witnessed His kindness and believed Jesus was the son of God. Some saw the miracles, witnessed His compassion and still did not believe. Others saw and heard, but were threatened by the religious leaders of the day that threatened those who followed Jesus would be outcast or worse. People driven by fear, hemmed in by threats, held ransom by confusion.
I think there is nothing more frightening than confusion. Have you ever woken up not remembering where you are, or sat in the Doctor’s office wondering what on earth he means… the absence of certainty can be terrifying. Fear reigns gloriously in the dark.
I was terrified of the dark for many years. Noises, smells, shadows were enough to keep me awake for HOURS… ha!
You may think that’s lame… But many of us live like that internally. Often control freakness, narcissism, phobias, etc. all begin with the darkness of doubt, uncertainty, fear, and more, let loose in our heart.
The smokey, black, grey, shatteringly silent, echoey darkness… Jesus came to dispel it and fill our lives with light – truth, grace and love. We no longer need to fear the dark, the places of uncertainty and confusion, because the love of God lights our lives with faith and hope. The night will end, and the morning will dawn.
Trust is the road that leads you out of darkness. It takes you by hand and guides you step by step until the black gives way to grey, then to murky brown, and onto the brilliant golden light of freedom where you can breathe easy and see the way forward.
Don’t look down on those shrouded with confusion, help them to trust…
Trust is still possible, and when you trust Jesus, you live in the light no matter what time of day it is.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
If hurt is the result of sin-nature then love is the result of a grace nature.