Each and every one of us lives according to a spirit and has a some sort of faith.  Some say they are spiritual and that’s true because  all of us are spiritual whether we say so or not.  The question is- where will our faith and spirituality take us?fork2bin2broad

Human reality is embedded in a spiritual frame that  conforms  our daily experience to its underlying structure like light follows the curvature of space-time.  This is a mystery but that doesn’t make it any less a reality.  The Bible tells us that creation was framed in through Jesus Christ;  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)  The underlying spiritual structure of our reality is Jesus Christ.  As Christian’s we find comfort in that. Others do not.  We have no choice but to seek Jesus or turn away from Him just as light can travel towards us or away from us.

God spoke His Word and creation  followed (Genesis 1:1,2).  Man was patterned and destined to seek Him.  The Apostle Paul spoke to the free thinking Athenians about the reason for the restlessness of their searching minds;  “ . . . so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;  for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’”  (Acts 17:27,28)  We simply can’t help but travel the track laid down by the Spirit of God either toward Him or away from Him – towards heaven or hell.

How do we perceive this reality?  How do we navigate the journey embedded in this spiritual reality.  The Bible tells us; “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”  (Hebrew 1:3)  Faith is the organ of spiritual sense by which we perceive the hand of God upon us.  God made us with this faith just as He made us with the five bodily senses; “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”  (Romans 12:3)  Our eyes can work against us when we let them over-ride what our faith perceives; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 1:1)  Our eyes can and do trick us. Our bodily senses are not trustworthy but faith is the sense by which we perceive the spiritual terrain of our travels.

We all  must navigate a world governed by the spiritual.   Many have a profane kind of faith in what the world says and  are filled with the spirit of the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)  Those that follow Jesus have faith in His Word  and are filled with the Holy Spirit.  There is no middle, neutral ground for the children of Adam; “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  (Genesis 2:7) And at the end our spirit returns to God for judgement; “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:7)  The body returns to dust and the spirit to judgment; “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”  (Hebrews 9:27,28)

We will all die once and our bodies will return to the dust but our spirit returns to God.  Those with the dull faith of this world and the spirit of the god of this world are cast away (Revelation 20:15).  Those with the faith in God’s Word and His Holy Spirit go home to heaven; “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matthew 25:21)

What faith to you have?  When your doctor says – you’re going to develop diabetes or you have cancer – do you take him or her at their word or do you stand on God’s promises?  Do you claim ‘your cancer’ because the doctor declared it yours.  Or do you claim His healing because Jesus went to the cross for you.   Are you surrendered to man’s knowledge and wisdom or God’s?  There is no middle ground – we all surrender on a daily basis- sometimes to Jesus, most of the time to the fear of man.

Let not the world or the god of this world  have the last say.   You can follow the doctor’s advice while putting your faith in Jesus for your healing.  This isn’t contradictory – I trust that God will keep me safe when I travel but I take my car to the mechanic and listen to his advice.  Let Jesus be your first and last Word.

Are you born again and  filled with the Holy Spirit or born of flesh and filled with the spirit of this world?  These questions should make you squirm in the pews because the sinners prayer said long ago and not lived out is faint hope.  Every day is the day of salvation and we must say as the great prophet Isaiah said; “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)

Our battle isn’t anything this world can throw at us – our battle is within us and always over which banner of faith to rally around!  We have to trust in the Lord, speak His Word into our lives and walk after His Spirit every day, every step and over every obstacle, sickness and tragedy until  we go home to heaven.

Anything else is the road to hell.

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