…or do you trust God?
When Jesus ministered in Nazareth,
He ministered God’s Word to them
… as He did everywhere else,
yet He could do no mighty works there!
The people looked at the person they saw
… instead of receiving the Word of God He read.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11 1
They may have believed that God exists,
… but they certainly had no faith in God.
Which means that,
… even though Jesus taught God’s Word to them,
… there was nothing for their hope to stand on
and thus no hope that the evidence would be seen.
So, if you happen to be living in Nazareth,
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.
Hebrews 11 6
…by believing in yourself!
We ALL have dreams, yet so often,
… instead of taking hold of those dreams,
we allow our dreams to get lost or even be stolen.
Because we don’t believe they are possible.
Because we can’t see ourselves achieving them,
… thus allowing them to be stolen from us.
But have you considered that everything you can see or touch
… was once a dream or a picture in someone’s mind.
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,
all things are possible to him who believes.”
Mark 9 23
Reality is, that if you can imagine it, it is possible!
Maybe not exactly as you imagined it,
… but unless you allow that dream to germinate,
it WILL get lost, or get wiped out by other thoughts,
… that only questions its validity and deny its possibility.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father
will send in My name, He will teach you all things…
John 14 15-26
So what about believing in what God has shown you,
… and start believing in yourself,
because if you can see yourself as able (in Him),
… you have taken the first step in proving your ability.
Then it will no longer be a mountain,
but a challenge you now see yourself meet.
No longer empty shapes in concrete, but
but WHAT your imagination is making them be!
… by Him?
Surely everyone is known to God?
Sure, but God does not just want to know about you,
… God wants to know you personally!
As Jesus answered those who were calling at the door,
‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’
and He will answer and say to you,
‘I do not know you,’
Luke 13 25
So how does God get to know us?
In the same way as we get to know each other.
We must make place for Him in our lives!
How do we make place for Him in our lives?
Simply by getting rid of what is in the way!
By getting rid of those things
… that are opposite to His nature,
sin, self-centeredness and negativity.
… a place where He wants to be.
… a place where His nature is free
to manifest who He is, in me
and to live who He is, through me!
– LOVE –
God is love,
and he who abides in love abides in God,
and God in him.
1 John 4 16
… the truth and the life!
I am the way, the truth, and the life.
John 14 6
And having chosen Jesus as the way, for my life
my life changes…
But what does this practically mean in my life?
What is that way…?
Living the way Jesus lived,
… in the Father, with the Father, obeying the Father,
… living love!
in Him I now (we) live and move and have our being.
Acts 17 28
What is that truth…?
God’s Word and God’s will in my life
… alive in me
… manifest in me, in love!
If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8 31-32
What is that life…?
Life in abundance that Jesus came, that we may have,
… life in the spirit with the Spirit!
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand
that we should walk in them.
Eph. 2 10
as you act on His Word!
Paul tells us…
So then faith comes by hearing,
and hearing by the word (rhema) of God.
Rom 10 17
Faith comes by … hearing!
However that does not mean just to listen,
… but to hear with the intention to respond!
To respond or act upon what?
Hearing … the word of God!
The word – Rhema – the revealed word.
Not just something written as information,
… but revealed to you, for you to act upon!
So how does that work?
Jesus made it easy for us, saying …
If you abide in Me,
and My words (rhema) abide in you,
you will ask what you desire,
and it shall be done for you.
John 15 7
Jesus quite simply said …
Come walk with me, and talk with me
… and I will tell you what to do,
… and faith will come
as I promised it would!
… or restrictions!
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, and running over
will be put into your bosom
Luke 6 38
BUT Lord what do I have to give?
I only have needs, faults, failures and problems.
… I have nothing to give.
Not so … for you do have to give!
BUT … what Lord?
For whatever you give to Me,
I will receive …
and I will give to you what I have.
If you give Me your life,
… I will give you My life!
I will give you all that I AM,
… all that I have said that I would do for you.
I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10 10
So simply give me YOU,
… without conditions or restrictions,
and I will give YOU all that I am,
… without conditions or restrictions.
… a Guided Tour!
Seeing into the unseen world …
How do you do that?
Quite simple really,
… all you need do is to look in the Bible.
No – the Bible is not the unseen world,
… but it reveals the unseen world,
for it shows you what is hidden
… what is behind what is naturally seen.
In other words,
… it shows you the supernatural.
Take a guided tour of the unseen world,
… the offer is open and the offer is free.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
He will guide you into all truth;
for He will not speak on His own authority,
but whatever He hears He will speak;
and He will tell you things to come.
He will glorify Me,
for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
All things that the Father has are Mine.
Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
John 16 13-15
One last thought …
In the unseen world there is no past and no future
… only NOW!
So the time to start and to act – is NOW!
for what you see, learn, understand and do today,
… will be the reality and success – of your tomorrow.
… the greatest challenge!
Everyone sees value in things they have or want,
… such as finances, possessions, status or position – THINGS!
Yet when it comes to their personal lives,
… acceptance, relationships, achievements, progress etc.,
… everyone has issues, and often serious personal issues.
Because of a lack of self value!
You can put great value on things,
… but unless you see yourself as valuable,
… as more valuable than things,
you actually deny who and what you are,
… by basing your life and your value,
on things that have no real value to life.
So God created man in His own image;
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.
Gen 1 27
This is who you are!
This is the VALUE God put in and on you,
… an immeasurable value!
The value that you are to God,
… that you should recognize and live!
When you find yourself in God, through Jesus,
… loved, blessed, unique and special,
you will find your true value,
… and live the uniqueness that God put in you!
for in Him we live and move and have our being,
Acts 17 28
Being conscious of your thoughts!
Yes we are continually bombarded with thoughts and impressions,
… particularly through social media and the news!
The question is,
… what are we doing about those thoughts and impressions?
bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
2 Cor 10 5
Great advice … since we are thinking ALL the time,
… and very often many of those thoughts are simply negative.
We need to diligently start taking notice of all thoughts
… and not simply ignore or disregard them
or even worse, acting upon those thoughts
… without actively involving God in our decisions.
it is not only about negative thoughts,
… but even more so about positive thoughts.
What are we doing with them?
Many of our thoughts are more than likely
… from God or inspired by His Word,
and unless we take those thoughts captive,
… allowing God to develop them in us and for us,
then, all that God wants to reveal to us,
… all that God wants to empower us with,
… all that involves our future and success,
may well be totally lost.
Therefore be sure to …
… seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
Matt 6 33
… when Jesus was here!
That which was from the beginning,
which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked upon,
and our hands have handled,
concerning the Word of life—
John 1 1
BUT – I was not there!
When did I see, look upon, touch, handle the Word of Life – Jesus?
When did I see and when was this life manifested to me?
Every time you read the Bible,
Every time you pray to Him,
Every time you speak to Him,
Every time you look for Him,
Every time you listen to Him…
You have been there
… and He has been there.
He has touched you
… and you have touched Him.
He manifested Himself to YOU
… reached out to you
and brought His life to you, for you!
So put your hand in His hand,
… step into His peace, His love
… and trust Him for whatever you need.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
John 15 7