Devotional 3/15

Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” John 11:40

How we perceive is what we receive!
The eyes of your heart, give you vision.

Dharius Daniels 

God is not merely pleased that we believe He exists, but that we trust in Him. The Lord can’t move in or do in us when we are not walking towards a life of full surrender. We won’t be able to fully trust in God when we want control, are bound or in a mental prison.

To live by faith means to believe the Lord is able, and all knowing and in control. In the scripture above,  in the Greek the word used for believe is: pistis. In Greek mythology, Pistis was the epitome of good faith, trust and reliability. Pistis means to have faith; to entrust.

  • assign the responsibility for doing something to (someone): give charge to, hand over, grant;
  • give responsibility for; invest, assign, put into the hands of, commit, commend, hand over;
  • put (something) into someone’s care or protection;

To live by faith is a conviction, as is any belief. We may be Holy Spirit filled but block God by grieving and quenching His Spirit. When we want control, we are rooted in pride. We resist God, we look to do things our way and in our own strength. We’re telling God He is not trustworthy. We can be like Lazarus, who was brought back to life but was physically bound: this is when instead of believing God, we believe in our situation and the physical oppressions of Satan (sickness, disease, financial distress, etc.). And finally, are strongholds, or prisons, which keep us from walking in the fullness of God’s plans. These are prisons of the heart, which is the mind; things like grief and bitterness, which are rooted in disappointment and unforgiveness. All of these, block us from seeing what God wants us to see.

We can work through each of these obstacles with God. Simply praying and fasting are the preliminary things, but until we get to the root of our belief systems (paradigms)- things will not change. Where does your perception come from? Although it may hurt, it is for our own good and God is faithful to seal up the wound and reveal to us a new level of glory.

Let’s pray:

Thank you my Shepherd for your wonderful ways. I exalt you for using my life as a teaching tool with which I can help and bless others. I ask you today to heal your children, deliver our souls from wrong beliefs, and increase our faith. May we properly see and discern your ways and your goodness. In Jesus name, Amen.

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