For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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31“He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth is from the earth and talks from an earthly point of view; he who comes from heaven is above all. 32He testifies about what he has actually seen and heard, yet no one accepts what he says! 33Whoever does accept what he says puts his seal on the fact that God is true, 34because the one whom God sent speaks God’s words. For God does not give him the Spirit in limited degree — 35the Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands. 36Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life. But whoever disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath.”
He who comes from above…testifies about what he has actually seen and heard.
Speaking God’s words is speaking life. Mortal, earthly beings are familiar with words of earth origin. Faced with words of life from above brings the listener face to face with choice. Which words will be believed, which will be followed, which will be received. One who has never been to a place can only rely on the words of one who has for a description of that place. If it is not possible to go there, then the one who has not been can only trust the one who has for truth about that place. This is what makes the words of Christ, speaking the words of God so powerful to those who have not been but believe that place exists.
Those who have not been to that place cannot judge the veracity of those who have. They can only rely by faith that what the one who has been there states is true. The believing does not make it so or not. The tree in the forest is still there whether seen and touched or not. Believing it is there does not determine whether it is or not. The believing individual is given access to that place through their belief where once they did not believe and so had no access. Stepping over the line drawn between earth and heaven takes faith in response to the love of the Father evidenced in His Son. The work of faith is the work of the Holy Spirit now given fully rather than in part. Believers can rejoice; they have been given the faith to believe and have put it into action. They have opened the door to an expanded world due to the Father’s love.
Pray – Lord, you are so good. You have given a life abundant, greater than it could be without you.
Repent – There are times it is hard to believe. I repent for lack of faith and am grateful for the faith you have given.
Ask – Increase my faith. May it truly move mountains. Help my unbelief; may it turn to greater faith. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Yes – I will praise You forever for what you have done, and will put my hope in your name.
Source: John 3 and Psalm 119:105; Psalm 52:11