Only on this side of heaven …

do we have the opportunity to choose faith.  Why is that so special?  Because the Creator of All has provided each of us the opportunity to give Him a gift that truly pleases Him and makes Him happy … think about it … here and now we, the created, have the opportunity and ability to give a gift to the Creator … who obviously doesn’t need anything … that touches His heart and causes Him joy.  (Hebrews 11:6).  The fact you are reading my blog about unconditional hope tells me you are keenly aware what an incredibly difficult choice this can be.

We can do what angels can’t because they have seen it all.  We haven’t.

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As if it that isn’t enough … in the process of choosing faith … the supply of heaven itself is released into our lives so that whatever unknown you are facing all that awaits is God’s presence, God’s guidance, God’s protection, God’s provision, God’s mercy, and unfailing love.  (Psalm 23 4:6)

Are you listening to this knock of opportunity?

This week I am facing a situation I’ve not been able to change through my personal efforts or prayers, as well as, witnessing in lives around me even more dire circumstance they too have not been, and are not able, to change.  

If I listen only to the circumstances, they have the power to tell me I am a failure, or even that God is a failure.

I was standing at this crossroads today and my Heavenly Father lead me to His Word that tells me of His choice to adopt me as His daughter out of His love for me and the fact that because of who Jesus is, My Creator and Heavenly Father sees me as blameless, above reproach and before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4-5).  It is my enemy that wants to blind me from this truth and turn my focus to circumstances that tell me otherwise and torment me. (1 Peter 5:8)

Over and and over I hear my Father “Are you listening?”  Honestly I was frustrated, irritated and tearful.  What was I missing?  As I put my hand on my heart and waited before Him, once again He revealed me to me, i.e., showed me the faulty belief that had crept into my heart which was my circumstances and the circumstances of those around me defined who God is.  That’s a very dark place, but not dark enough that Jesus, the light that cannot be quenched, could not destroy it. (John 1:4-5).  Below is what I heard:

“My Word has not changed. All things are created through and held together by Yeshua (Jesus).”  (Colossians 1:15-20).

That does not change even when I am unable to see how all the pieces fit together … I see this image of a puzzle with all the pieces strewn about.  Whether the pieces are actually put together — all of them still fit together.  Yeshua has not changed.  He still is holding all things together.  Whatever I am facing; whatever You are facing the fact that Yeshua is holding all things together that have their being is constant.  He does not change yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  Are you listening?  He is constantly speaking His truth, His comfort, His strength, but the choice is ours to which channel/source we listen.

Jesus knew we would face this choice quite a bit in this world, and He prayed for us so that we would have access to what we need … the poured out love of God.

I have made Your Name known to them,
 and revealed Your character and Your very Self,
and I will continue to make [You] known,
that the love which You have bestowed upon Me
may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them.
John 17:26

Jesus continues to reveal to us our Heavenly Father, in order that we may receive the same love God poured out on Jesus for ourselves and to be filled with it.  When that happens, we are actually receiving Jesus, Himself – for indeed Jesus was and is our Heavenly Father’s love poured out.  So amazingly beautiful and wonderful —- Jesus, God’s love poured out for me, for all … now there’s a reason to hope!  And, from that place of hope to choose faith to offer it as a gift to our Creator.

2 thoughts on “Only on this side of heaven …

  1. Needed this today. I am facing circumstances as well that I have prayed on my knees about for several years and I feel like God does not hear me or the answer is no. I hope it’s not “no”, but “not now”. My faith in everything I ever believed has been tested, but I still have a “mustard seed” of hope. Thanks for your posts.

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