Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Friday, 24 February 2017
Seeing & Believing
John 4 v48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see
signs and wonders, you will by no means
This verse is part of a tale about a man’s son who is critically ill. And has travelled some distance, in order to try and meet a guy who creates miracles. It’s a long shot, this is the last he has, (The distance, he had walked, means nothing compared to his son’s wellbeing). Making this journey today is nothing as in a car it would only take 15/20 minutes.
Bare with me if will, but, imagine driving this distance to a Hospital, because you heard of a surgeon who can cure your son. Only to be met such a rebuff. You would be staggered to, and probably you would be angered even frustrated. There’s you who has unlimited riches, but would give it all away to have your son made well-made well again. Because of the station in life your wealth has brought, and am used to people saying ‘yes’ to. So how knocked back you would be to have been me by such a rebuff.
All be it was a boy who was sick and knocking on death door. Illness has no respect for persons of wealth or station.
Isaiah 55 v11 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you
people see signs and wonders, you will by no means
Yet there is no doubt there is a little explanation, such is our Lords anxiety to purify and strengthen our faith in Him. The rich man’s faith was such that his faith was rested on the miraculous. In this very moment our Lord Jesus wanted show that His ‘word’ carried the same weight as if He was praying over his son back at home. Today we just call home on the mobile to find out there and then if his son had been cured, instead he had to walk/run home if faith that his son was well made so by Jesus. Wandering all the time is he or not well again, it must have been torture.
“If God wanted me to believe, why does He not put a sign
in the sky?”
Faith is a matter of the heart and not merely of the mind. Real faith though is called into being not by an miraculous sign by the word of our Lord Jesus. For if faith was to depend on the visible sign in the sky, though there is great doubt it would accomplish it’s objective.
If the hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they
be persuaded that He rose from the dead.
How precious is Faith in the estimation of our Lord and what pain He must have took to produce ~ purify & strengthen it. What may one explanation of many of His strange dealings with the son of man. His great longing is to lead us into the life of Faith. But what is Faith? Even though most exercise faith in our lives, in various degrees, what we are conscience of or not.
Have Faith and believe
The first time we see the word believe used is in . .
Genesis 15 v6 “. .And he believed in the Lord, and
He accounted it to him for righteousness. .”
. .according to the literal meaning of the time ‘Believe’ was to mean ~ to stand one self, by leaning on someone or something ~ this being so we lay our weak and changeable selves on Gods strength.
At this point I must bring 2 things to your attention. .
1. True faith will have God as its Origin & Objective. Remember ‘Abraham believed God’. In John 6 our Lord Jesus refers to it as ‘Work of God’. Hinting that it is God who give the true inclination of mind in complete trust.
2. Our Faith in God is an act and NOT a mere sentiment. It is not something that easily or simply comes to a man. He must believe in something or someone other than himself.
. . I would be a miss if I did not point out that there is a close relationship between Faith & Will. Observe here, that, in the literal and strictest of senses of the word Faith ~ is that we must use effort. Whereas Will ~ is to make it so. My summation comes but in 3 stages, which I hope will cement what Seeing & Believing has been about.. ..
Stage 1 : Belief in Him our Lord
Stage 2 : The Saving belief
Stage 3 : Believing in the Lord
Stage 1 : Belief in Him our Lord
…To begin with this would lead us to an acceptance of His Revelation. All be it that it shows us, not, tells us how to be saved. Though many Christians can testify, that the book of Revelation paints a more vivid picture than Michael Angelo’s cysteine chapels ceiling. Of what will happen during the end times. Whilst it is possible for someone to have faith, yet still be lost? I say yes. True faith is something far far more than this. Therefore the 2nd stage it is far more imperative that this next stage be reached . . via . . simple belief in Him our Lord Christ Jesus our saviour
Stage 2 : The Saving belief . .
Hebrews 10 v39 “. . But we are not of those who
draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the
saving of the soul. .”
. .This is where the saving comes in. When I go out and by a chair, I have faith without doubt, that when I come in weary from the day it will hold my weight. Merely believing that the chair will not give on me will give peace of mind, but, ‘believing ‘on’ it, that it will bear my weight gives me peace of mind. This is just one of many instances that we show in our modern living that an unconscious belief in . . the cars we drive . . the coats we wear will keep us dry and warm . . or even this very pen . . that they will do what it says on the tin, to coin a phrase here.
Stage 3 : Believing in the Lord . .
I may believe in the chair to help me become rested and restored. Also as I believe in my car and the pen I write, the same way. But still the car pen and I remain separated and distant, though not so with Christ and my Soul. Believing . . on . . Him will lead to . . believing . . into . . Him. Becoming one with Him, united to Him be ties of Love & life. What a blessed union this has become.
Words will forever fall short and are unable
to describe the union fully
Lets say a short prayer I have come across to describe my feeling…
“My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary
Monday, 13 February 2017
Coming this next week
Seeing & Believing
no means believe.”
Of those people you know that are not Christians would
blindly follow, and take what the book tells them is
the only way, to behave - act, with out question?
Of those people you know would without seeing
wonders, would take your word on the miracles
that have happened & will happen?
I hope to shine some light on this subject will help you, help those whom are skeptical.