Have Faith In God

“…For truly I say unto you, ‘That WHOSOEVER shall say unto this mountain, “Be removed and cast into the sea;” and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.'”  Mark 11:23

Dear Ones:

Perhaps the most neglected aspect of the Christian life is prayer, consistent, persistent, believing prayer.  And yet, the Lord says, “….for My house shall be called a house of prayer for ALL PEOPLE.” (Is. 56:7)  Now, why would God declare this to be so if He did not intend that the primary thing in that house be prayer, believing prayer?  How much do we live in the reality of this truth?  Do we truly believe that God can lead us in prayer, and consequently will answer our prayers, my individual prayer?

The normal Christian life is one of faith, every increasing, ever consistent faith in God.  This is why the Lord Jesus tells us:  “HAVE (constantly) faith in God.”  This is NOT an option for the disciple of Christ.  We are at all times and in every place, to believe God, according to His promises, and obediently follow Christ according to His word.  In this passage in the Gospel of Mark, we find that faith has “works.”  There are definite, and specific, ramifications of exercising faith, even to the moving of mountains.  But let us be mindful of the fact that faith and prayer are interwoven, and that it is by prayer first that God works in and through us.

“Therefore, I say unto you, ‘What things soever ye desire, WHEN YE PRAY, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.'” (Mk. 11:24)  Here is the application of Christ’s teaching on faith, obstacles to faith, and the practical exercise of faith.  It is specific, believing prayer.  Do we believe it?  Do we practice it?  Do we live in the expectancy of it?

Throughout the Bible we discover men and women who truly lived by faith, howbeit, imperfectly.  As we examine their lives, and experiences, we discover that they were such because they were also individuals who understood the need, even the necessity, of believing prayer.  They prayed earnestly, specifically, seeking God.  Then they lived in expectant faith, believing Him to answer, however and whenever He chose.  These were individuals who, as John put it, “…KNEW that He heard them (and us), whatsoever they asked, they (we) KNEW that they had (received) the petitions that they asked of Him.” (1 Jn. 5:15)

Dear Father, faithful Father, and Lord Jesus, strengthen our hearts today to BE men and women of faith, who live by this principle, and prove it by our prayers.  Lead us by Thy Spirit in prayer, revealing to us increasingly what Thy will is, and giving us the desires of Thy heart.  THEN we too shall KNOW that You hear us, and that we HAVE that which we have asked of thee, even to the moving of mountains.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

Drawn By God

“Yes, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

Dear Ones:

When Moses was next to Mount Horeb, before he was called to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, the Lord revealed Himself to him in a burning bush.  When Moses saw it, he said:  “I will now turn aside, and see this great sight why the bush is not burnt.” (Ex. 3:3)  God knew Moses, and also, exactly what would arrest his attention.  God was drawing him, in order to speak to him.  The timing is impeccable.  The circumstances are perfect.  And Moses is a man ready to SEE,  HEAR, and RESPOND to the revelation.

Jesus once said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him.” (Jn. 6:44)  What does it mean to be “drawn” by God?  There is certainly the first aspect of arresting the attention of the one being drawn.   God does something, either through circumstances, other people, or His word, to awaken the individual to an awareness that God is present, and that God is working.  A second characteristic of being drawn is the desire given by God.  One is attracted to the things of God, to Christ Himself.  Sometimes this is not recognizable, as the person does not know what, or who, she or he is seeking.  However, the attraction remains, and the purpose of that drawing is the revelation of Christ to the heart.

When the prodigal son was in the far country, in misery, he was “drawn” to his father’s house.  When Israel was in exile, she was drawn to her own country, but primarily to the One who she had forsaken.  Being drawn to God, by God, is one of the greatest blessings one could possibly have.  With the “drawing” comes the declaration by God, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.”  When there is the realization that the Eternal God has set His love upon us, and because of this, is drawing us to Himself, there most certainly will be the prayer:  “Draw me…we will RUN after thee.” (Song of Sol. 1:4)

“NOW with a quenchless thirst inspire, a longing, infinite desire, and fill my craving heart.  Less than Thyself, oh, do not give, In might Thyself within me live, Come all Thou hast and art.” (Charles Wesley:  1707-1788)

Dear Father in heaven, You have said:  “Delight thyself in the Lord, and He will give thee the desires of thy heart.” (Ps. 37:4)  Enable us to do this, and give us the great, and all-consuming desires of Thy Son’s heart. Draw out our hearts to You, to Christ, and strengthen us to RUN after Thee.  You have said, “Ye shall seek Me, and ye shall find me, when ye search for Me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)  Give us such desire that we shall seek Thee in this manner, and FIND Thee as Thou hast declared.  We praise and thank Thee for Thy everlasting love.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

The Filling Of The Temple

“The priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.” 2 Chronicles 5:14

Dear Ones:

When Israel was being brought out of Egypt, God showed the nation the “way” by leading them in the day time with the sight of a “cloudy pillar.”  When the tabernacle had been constructed “in the wilderness (desert,)” and Moses would go to worship there, “…the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:9)  When Solomon had finished building the Temple, and the day of its consecration had arrived, “…the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:13,14)  That which is consistently revealed in these passages is that God manifested His presence, His fullness, in a very demonstrative way.  When we come to the New Testament, where Scripture tells us that the believer IS a temple of God, we are faced with the same issue of the consistent revelation of God’s glory.  First, it was demonstrated in the life of Christ, who would declare:  “….he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father,” and also, “…I am in the Father, and the Father in Me.” (Jn. 14:10,11)  How do we reconcile the revelation of God in the Old Testament to that of the New Testament?  And how can we apply the teaching to our lives?

In a most remarkable declaration by the Apostle Paul to the believers in Corinth, he writes:  “…for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2 Cor. 6:16)  What is He saying here?  The same glory that was in the tabernacle and temple of the Old Testament, is IN the living temple of every believer in Christ.  The same God resides in the heart.  Paul writes in Ephesians 3:17 that He (Christ) is to dwell in the heart BY FAITH.  How do we apply this matter of the “glory of God” as revealed throughout Scripture?  The greatest revelation of the nature of God to mankind is that in the person of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.  It is in the revelation of His nature, specifically His love, that the “glory” is most unveiled.  The ancient “cloud” may speak of His sovereignty, power, and wisdom, but the crucified Christ will declare His eternal, unchanging love.

“Lord Jesus Christ, we seek Thy face; within the veil we bow the knee; Oh, let Thy glory fill the place, And bless us while we wait on Thee.” (Alexander Stewart)

Dear Father, give us to see how holy is our calling, and what a privilege it is that we should be Thy dwelling place by the Spirit.  Take these cups of our lives, cleanse them, and fill them with Thyself.  Give us to be filled with the love of God, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, abounding in thanksgiving as we live by Thy Son’s faith.  Reveal Thy glory TO us, and THROUGH us, that the world may know that Thou art GOD and that Thou art GOOD,  worthy to be trusted fully, and forever.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

The Choice Of Faith

“And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to you on the water.’  And He said, ‘Come.'”  Matthew 14:28

Dear Ones:

The Apostle Peter and Gideon, of the Old Testament, had something in common.  Both being faced with “storms” of one nature or another,  needed to be certain that God was speaking to them, for only by Him could the impossibility be surmounted.  Gideon would request of the Lord, “Show me a sign that You are talking with me.” (Judges 6:17)  Peter, in the midst of the storm at sea, would say to Jesus who was walking on the water: “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you.”  The power and authority of the word of God to each of these men would reside in the discernment of WHO it was who was addressing them.  That knowledge would bring them face to face with a choice, not only to believe, but to act.

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, and spoke to her of living water, she was very interested.  As the conversation continued between them, the Lord Jesus spoke to her of her misguided seeking of satisfaction and security, for she had been married numerous times, and at present was living with another man.  He would address her need to know what true worship was, as her ideas were skewed by culture and false concepts.  With all of these needs being addressed, it will be only when she truly realizes WHO He is, that all will change.  He will declare to her, “I that speak unto you am He (the Messiah).” (Jn. 4:26)  The knowledge of Who He was will move her to confess Him before men, “…is not this the Christ?”(v.29)  Her choice to believe was based upon the true knowledge, recognition, and conviction that the Lord Jesus was indeed the Messiah.

True faith involves always a choice, a commitment based on a conviction.  That conviction is based on the truth, the fact, of who Christ WAS, IS, and evermore SHALL BE.  All becomes possible at that moment, for there is the willingness to respond to the commandment, however “impossible ” it may seem.  The believer KNOWS that with the commandment comes the power and authority of God.  This is seen as Peter walks on water, and Gideon with three hundred men, will defeat an entire enemy army.  It is the same for us.  The question becomes to us individually:  Is Christ to me the Lord, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace?  If so, then all is provided for us in Christ to deliberately choose to follow Him, wherever He may lead.

Father, teach us Thy ways.  Open our eyes to see Thee, and Thy Son, clearly.  Strengthen our hearts to take Thee as our sufficiency for every need, in every circumstance.  Then we shall KNOW the reality of the rock beneath our feet, and Your strength in our limbs and hearts…given by Thee for Thy purposes, for Thy glory.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

 

Two Worlds, Two Wars

“…And the dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed.” Revelation 12:17

Dear Ones:

When Jesus was standing before Pilate, he declared to him:  “…My kingdom is not of this world…My kingdom is not from here.” (Jn. 19:36)  First of all, what did the Lord Jesus mean by the term “world?”  Certainly there is a reference to the physical creation as we know it.  But there is another meaning.  John puts it like this:  “Love not the world, neither the things of the world.” (1 Jn. 2:15)  He is speaking of a system, a mentality, a perspective, a direction which is not towards heaven.  The kingdom of Christ has its origin in heaven, where He reigns as King.  One day that kingship will be fully revealed on this earth.  So there is the “world” where Christ reigns as king, and there is the “world” where sinful man reigns.  Why must we make the distinction?  Because of something Jesus said:  “…for the prince of this world cometh, and hath NOTHING in Me.” )(Jn. 14:30)  There is a war, an invisible war, going on between the “ruler of this world,” (the world system), and the kingdom of God, where Christ reigns.  Why do we need to know and understand this?  It is so that we might “fight a good fight,” and be victorious over the attacks and onslaught of Christ’s enemy, and ours.  Called to be conquerors, we need to know that we have an enemy, a very real enemy.

In one of Paul’s great epistles, that written to the Ephesians, he addresses the great reality of our union with Christ, with the consequent blessings and provisions.  He goes on to speak of the “working out” of this great salvation where we live, in what we are, say, and do.  We come to the end of the epistle, and are confronted with conflict, warfare.  Why?  Because the work of God, the witness of God in His church, will always be resisted by the “god of this world.”  For every advancement, there will be an attempt by the enemy to dislodge us from a position of faith and obedience.  This is why we are admonished to “take the whole armor of God” in order to stand and withstand the attack of the enemy.  So, let us understand what we are in Christ, and “stay in our tank,” IN CHRIST.  Then let us not be naive in thinking that all will be “wine and roses,” for our “adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)  The great news is that Christ has overcome this adversary in every manner, and we are in Him.   We are therefore called to “resist (this adversary) steadfast in your faith.” (1 Peter 5:9)  James adds in his epistle that as we submit ourselves to God, resist the devil, he WILL flee far from us.  This is true, and must be practiced and lived.

Dear Father, teach us the nature of this conflict, and the practical application of living victoriously in it.  Called to BE conquerors, enable us and strengthen us in our spirits to always overcome by Christ, for Christ,  who lives in our hearts.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

The Quiet Resolve

“It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:26

Dear Ones:

It has been said that in true preaching, one begins with Christ, and leaves his listeners WITH Christ.  And so, we begin this morning with the example of Christ, and this, with regard to His demeanor.  He IS our constant example, or point of reference for living, so let us look at Him.  Throughout the New Testament in particular, we find the Lord Jesus never to be in a hurry, anxious, or fearful.  We find him never late, always on time.  We find him perfectly confident in every circumstance, never overcome by his enemies nor the circumstances at hand.  Why?  What was His secret, that which will apply to us?

Isaiah wrote:  “…in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” (Is. 29:15)  The Lord Jesus lived in the quiet, “secret” presence of His Father.  He lived in the refuge, sanctuary, and atmosphere of the sovereign presence of His Father, ever deriving from Him all that He needed by faith.  This He has called us to do.  With regard to prayer (…and we are to pray always, i.e. being in an attitude of prayer…), we are to “…pray to our Father which is in secret: and our Father who SEES in secret, will reward us openly.” (Matt. 6:6)  Christ derived every resource from His Father, and again, this is what He has called us to do.  “Abide in Me, and I will abide in you.” (Jn. 15:4)  The Lord Jesus has already spoken of His union with the Father, and how the Father and the Son come to reside in the heart of the believer. (Jn. 14:23)  Now, He calls us to believe it, to count upon it, to live in the reality of the quiet truth of His presence and sufficiency.

Two things must be grasped here as the basis for Christ’s quiet, and yet, self-controlled life.  First, as we have mentioned, He lived in the certainty of the constant presence of His all-knowing, and loving Father, to whom He had committed Himself fully.  He believed in the sovereignty of God, that NOTHING was by accident, and thus NOTHING would take the Father by surprise.  The second thing is that He believed in the sufficiency of the Father to meet every need that He had, or would have.  He lived a life of constantly receiving from the Father every resource for every challenge, great or small.  The Apostle Paul learned something of this perspective when he wrote:  “And He (Christ) said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'” (2 Cor. 12:9)  Here is the key to living a quiet, confident, and successful existence…look unto Jesus as our example.  Christ chose to live in the reality of the very present, secret, presence of His Father, and He lived always dependent, receiving from the Father all that He needed to face everything, and everyone, that would come His way.  He lived the perfect overcoming life because He lived by faith in the all-sufficient life of Another, His Father.  We are called to do the same, TODAY.

Dear Father, give us grace and strengthen our hearts, to choose to live in the reality of Thy presence.  Grant us that ability to abide in Thy Son for everything great and small, learning daily that Thou art our sovereign God, and faithful Provider.  Thou wilt NEVER fail us or forsake us.  Great is Thy faithfulness.  With thanksgiving, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

The Call To Conquer

“And he (Moses) gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, ‘Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.” Deuteronomy 31:23

Dear Ones:

It has often been surmised that victory is won in the heart and mind of an individual before he or she encounters the field of battle, or place of competition.  This was true in the life of Joshua.  How then was the battle won in his heart?  What were the keys?

The first, and most important imperative that we find about Joshua, is that he was a worshipper of God, of Christ.  He would go to the tent of meeting (the tabernacle) where Moses would worship, and where God would commune, or speak, with him.  There God would reveal Himself to Moses.  Joshua understood very quickly that the primary key, the first thing, was the worship of God in Spirit and truth.  Why?  It had to do with coming to a true understanding of Who God was, and then, keeping that vision of Him ever before him.  Essential to his faith would be his vision of God.

Secondly, faith must have hand grips.  These are places where ones hands can hold on to, in order to get leverage to climb.  Over and over again, by the mouth of Moses, and then by personal revelation to his heart, the Lord would reveal to Joshua that he must of necessity use certain “grips,” if he was to climb, and to conquer.  What were these grips?  There are four of them.  The first is:”Be strong.” The second: “Be courageous.” The third: “Refuse fear.” And the fourth: “Refuse disappointment or discouragement.” But where does these capacities come from?  “They that wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength…He giveth strength (or power) to the faint.” (Is. 40:31, 29)  On the day of Pentecost, the disciples RECEIVED power.  Paul prayed for the Ephesian church, that they should be strengthened with MIGHT in the inner man.  He prayed also for the Colossian church, that they should be “strengthened with all might according to His glorious power.” (Col. 1:11)  Power is from God.  Power IS a Person, the Spirit of Christ.  The same is true of courage.  Christ IS our courage and strength, and our capacity to refuse all fear, disappointment, and discouragement.  He, within our hearts, IS our Conqueror and the constant source of all that we need, at every minute of the day.  Ours is to abide in Him specifically for all that is needful, and this, at all times.

Dear Father, give us an ever-increasing vision of the greatness and goodness of Thyself.  With that vision, open our eyes to see what we are IN Thy Son, and that His strength and courage are ours, as we trust Him.  Strengthen our hearts by Thy Spirit to believe You for all that You desire to give, so that we WILL conquer and overcome.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

Precious Seed

“He that goes forth,  weeping, bearing precious see, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6

Dear Ones:

In our day and time, there are many who think that believing in God, in Christ, is an anomaly, that which is not normal.  However, the contrary is true.  It is the great “norm” in the sight of God that all mankind believe in their Creator, and Redeemer.  It is the true “norm” that we live by a personal faith in a personal God, and that this faith touches every aspect of our living.

One aspect of this normal life of faith, is the consideration of “precious seed.”  In Christ’s parable of the Sower and the Seed, He declares: “….He that received seed (the word of the kingdom) into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” (Matt. 13:22)  We might wonder what the relationship is between the “word of the kingdom,” and faith?  The word of the kingdom is God’s declared TRUTH concerning Himself, our spiritual condition, and His remedy for every need, especially that which is eternal.  It is as this word is declared, proclaimed, taught, and believed in, that God, by His Spirit, works in the heart and mind of the hearer.  The seed is a truth, or truths, according to which God can give the power to believe, this to the willing heart.  It is “precious” because it is the means by which one comes to true LIFE, eternal life in Christ.  Consequently, it is that means by which the Spirit of God works to produce good fruit in  the life.

In a comparable parable, one that deals with many of the same truths, Jesus said:  “He that sows the good seed is the Son of man.  The field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom, and the tares are the children of the wicked one.” (Matt. 13:38)  The Lord takes the application of “seed” beyond the essential of TRUTH necessary for saving faith, to the realization of that true faith in the heart of the “children of the kingdom.”  Truth, in essence, becomes flesh.  As believers make the truth their own by faith, it becomes them.  The spoken, written word of Christ, of the kingdom, has its effect in the receiving of faith by the hearers, the believing of God IN TRUTH.

What therefore is the hope, and anticipated objective of such a parable?  It is found in Psalm 126:6, “…(the sower of the precious seed) shall DOUBTLESS come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  There is GREAT certainty of God working when His word is declared.  “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall NOT return unto Me void (without effect), but IT SHALL accomplish that which I please, and it shall proper in the thing where to I sent it.” (Is. 55:11)

Dear Father, enable us to read, study, and obey Thy Word, as those who are filled, but who have an increasing thirst for Thee.  Grant us such a balanced knowledge of Thy Word, that we shall have in mind and heart that which we can communicate effectively  to others.  Then, whether by conversation or preaching, others will hear Thy word, Thy voice, and respond to Thee.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

Practicing The Promises

“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”  2 Corinthians 9:10

Dear Ones:

It has been said that, “… one cannot outgive God.”  This is almost an absurd statement, not because of the truth of it, but in the consideration of “proportions.”  What is the portion of things given by us as compared with that which is given by God?  We have NOTHING, but that we have received it of God!  Indeed, “every good and perfect gift (provision)” comes from God who is good.  We literally live by the fact, and provision of Christ. Consequently, from a spiritual point of view, we give very little, and the little that we give, is only “eternal” in the measure that we receive it from Christ, by the Spirit.

In the context of the providing for the needs of the saints, Paul writes:  “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.” (2 Cor. 9:6)  What is he saying here?  Most certainly he speaks of a capacity to give, and means to do so.  Throughout Paul’s treatment of this subject, he speaks of a willing, or ready mind which gives.  Those who give most readily for the needs of others are always those who are willing and prepared to give, as unto the Lord. They KNOW what it means to have received much from the bountiful riches of God in Christ.

The application of this subject to our lives can be “practiced” in two realms, the material and the spiritual.  For the believer, the two are interwoven.  But for the sake of explanation, and precise personal application, let us consider them separately.  The matter of ministering to the material needs of the saints is very clear.  Where there is need, attention must be given to remedy that need.  What of the spiritual needs of the saints, and those of the world?  It is here that the physical helps us to understand how this endeavor works in the spiritual world.  “He who supplies seed to the sower…”  What does this phrase mean but that the Lord provides the living word, the seed, given forth by the power of the Spirit.  He “multiplies” this for the purpose of realizing a great harvest.  The point is that God will supply as much seed as we are willing and able to sow.  Can we trust Him for it, and for the consequent harvest?  Will we “practice the promises” by prayer and faith, believing God for the abundance of seed and a great harvest?

Dear Father, enable us to open our mouths wide so that You can fill them.   Fill our hearts with Thyself, and grant to us the ability to receive the seed of Thy eternal, living word, so that we be able to give that seed to the needy, and receptive heart.  Then, You will most certainly will watch over it, and make it to germinate, producing much “fruit” for Your glory.  Give us grace to trust You for the abundance of seed, and the willing heart to spread it.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad

Faith-Filled

“…Be not faithless, but believing.” John 20:27

Dear Ones:

Faith is the fundamental principle, even the foundation, of one’s relationship with God.  It’s source, and example, is in the “faith-filled” nature of Christ.  When Christ walked this earth, He was not only full of faith, but “faith-filled” at every moment.  If we look at the Father, we see that the “faith-filled” experience and exercise of Christ was based, founded in and upon the “faithful” character of God.  His faithful character and nature was, and is, unceasingly immovable in His commitment, and power, to DO and to BE all that He declares.  His Word and His Nature are one.  There is NO dissonance between the two. Consequently, that which He calls us to be is faith-filled, committed to believing Him with our whole hearts.  It is the most logical of all reactions to God that, because of His immutable faithfulness, we should trust Him wholly.

After the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Christ, He revealed Himself to His disciples.  The first time this occurred, Thomas was absent for some reason.  The other disciples told him that they had seen the Lord.  However, for some reason, Thomas will not believe them, even though he knew that they were committed to telling the truth.  Perhaps the depth of Thomas’ personal sorrow and suffering because of Christ’s death, had brought him to the point that he needed that personal, individual meeting with Christ, as proof of Him being alive.  The Lord knew the heart of Thomas, and eight days later, would come and singularly address him.  His word to Thomas was: “…Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands: and reach higher thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and BE NOT FAITHLESS, BUT BELIEVING.” (v.27)  What is the intent of Christ as seen in this example?  It was to dispel all doubt, and to bring Thomas to faith, to the realization that indeed, the Lord Jesus was “Lord and God,” HIS Lord and God.

What is it that we must learn from this meeting between the Lord Jesus and Thomas?  It is that God knows the heart, the seeking, and perhaps, suffering heart.  And it is His desire and will to bring that heart to faith in Him as Lord and God.  This He will do, if we are willing to trust Him for it.  He knows how to reveal Himself to us through His word, and in circumstances.  May we truly trust Him to do so, that we will not be faithless, but truly believing Him as OUR Lord and God.

Dear Father, Thou who does know our individual hearts, meet us.  Reveal Thyself to us by Thy Spirit using Thy word, and bring us to the place in our hearts where we have believed fully that Thy Son is Lord and God, OUR Lord and God.  We thank Thee for Thomas who was so very honest with Thee, so determined to see clearly.  Give us also grace to truly seek Thee, to truly HAVE faith in God.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Dad