This I Believe

Do we? Do we believe?

Do we believe the Father? Can we declare these words with faith burning in our hearts and cry from our hearts that we believe? Do we know Him…His character and His intentions toward us? Do we know He is good, faithful, holy…that His ways are higher than our ways…all the time, each and every moment of each and every day. Do we believe His plans are for our good…for our benefit…for our transformation? If we believe that God is creator, defender, deliverer, should it not change us? Calling on the name of Jesus should change us.

In His love for us…this limitless, unchangeable love for us, He invites us to see the world differently. His call is for the body of Christ to explore His fullness and from this secure place, walk in our identity as His sons and daughters. The Father’s nature towards us is to be known by us?

I want to know Christ- yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead (Phillipians 3:10)

In the Name of Jesus…we believe. He is our judge and our defender…He showed us suffering and we partner in His suffering to know Him more…being acquainted with suffering is to know the power of the cross. He rose from the cross…He suffered but the power in surrendering to the cross comes with the resurrection. That He rose…in victory over death, disease, betrayal…all the nastiness in the world, for those broken relationships, the grief, and the suffering. He took on this pain, this sin and died…for all of this, He died. And He died, that we might live. Hope comes with the resurrection. Jesus didn’t stay dead.

Thank you, Jesus for surrendering to your Father’s will. Our God defends, contends, and defeats the enemy yesterday, today and forever. Our circumstances may paint a picture of lack, of need, of despair in some areas, but our circumstances don’t change the truth of who God is and who He will remain. Our circumstances change…our emotions change…our God does not.

When our beliefs about the Father are distorted and we are walking in unbelief about His goodness, His grace, His incomparable great mercy for us who believe, we are missing the truth about the Father’s heart and the authority He gives to His sons and daughters. Surrender to His goodness, trust His faithfulness, be filled with His compassion and receive His love.

Then go out…and walk in it pouring the overflow of goodness, love, faithfulness and compassion into the community.

Possibilities in the Promises

Problems are possibilities for God to show himself strong on my behalf. Impossible circumstances don’t cause the Lord to stumble…they provide opportunities for God to receive all the glory for the victory. I want to live in this place of hope. I am not naive to personal pain or desiring to minimize the very real struggles endured by many, but I always want to live in that place of expectation. Expectation and promise of deliverance, victory and peace.

As I was sitting on the bluffs on Galiano Island this week, I felt in awe of how small I was…not insignificant, but that the God who created the view for me to enjoy holds life and death, beginnings and endings,…all that co-exists in His creation in His sights. While my view was limited to as far as my eye could see, the Father’s vantage point extends past my limitations, around mountaintops, into valleys, past streams of water and oceans wide. He sees past and through all the circumstances that are heavy and exhausting. His vision is not limited by my circumstances.

Sometimes you have to come up higher…above the circumstances and up to the heights…to take in how vast, and yet, how detailed He has created around us. So much territory has not been travelled, not been touched by or tainted. Yet, the forest still dies, in order to be renewed…it is beautiful, but not perfect…by design…trees have to fall, give nutirients to the new growth of the forest floor. I am like that forest floor because above the small frustrating details of the microcosm of my life, at home, with family and friends, when I come up and look…to the east and the west…and my eye sees a small part of the enormous scope of the Father’s vision, it leads me to trust more and depend more on how He will sustain it all. He will sustain me in all circumstances.

My eye cannot see any of those problems from this vantage point, up on the bluffs…I don’t see…what holds me back,… I see potential, possibility…unchartered territory…and mountains worth climbing for the view. Rise above your circumstances, daughter, I hear Him whisper. Ah, there it is…peace with the promise.