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Believing in a God You Can’t See When Life is at its Hardest

In this short video Frank talks about the great tenacity required to believe in what we cannot see and reminds us that if we’re hanging onto Jesus, we’re secure, no matter what is happening in our lives.

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Believing in a God You Can’t See When Life is at it's Hardest

The Christian life is not easy, and it's not for cowards. The Bible says, “We believe that which we do not see,” and that requires tenacity friends!
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Words Matter

What we really want is “the Christ Life” which has been placed in us  fully  and  completely  to be released through us as we abide in Him by faith.

What we really want is “the Christ Life” which has been placed in us fully and completely to be released through us as we abide in Him by faith.

Words are so important because they communicate meaning. Because this is true we must take great care in the use of our words, so as not to communicate what we really don’t mean.

That is why Proverbs says, “The wise man ponders how to answer.”

This is especially true when we speak words about God because there is the ever-present danger that we will speak what is not really true, even though what we say may sound really good or may even be laced with enough truth that the subtle error we have just added is not easily recognized. 

Recently, I was speaking at a conference and I heard repeatedly the thought of our being “Christ-like.” I am going to be picky here, but it is out of necessity. Listen closely to the language that was being spoken. “I want to be more “Christ-like.” “I am becoming more “Christ-like.” I understand what they are trying to say, but stop for a minute and ponder those words. Do we really want to use such language? Think about it. Who is Christ? He is God, the Son. So when we say, “I want to be Christ-like” – we could be mistakenly communicating that we want to be “like God”… Have you heard those words before? Of course, you have, that is the language the enemy used to seduce Adam and Eve. It is the language of "The Fall.” “In the day that you eat, you will be like God! 

I don’t want to try to be like God and neither do you because all we can ever offer in such an attempt is a cheap and very poor imitation of God. What we really want is “the Christ Life” which has been placed in us fully and completely to be released through us as we abide in Him by faith. What we really want to say is that we are experiencing and expressing that Life, His Life, which has been placed into us in the glory of the New Covenant – as Colossians says, it is “Christ in us, the hope of glory.”

One more thought, there is a sense in which I do want to be “Christ-like” – but that is NOT in terms of trying to be like Him in behavior, but like Him in His method.

He lived a life of faith, a life of complete and utter dependence on His Father.

He said in John 5, “I can do nothing without My Father.” And that is exactly what He called us to as well. “He told us in John 15, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” In John 6:57 He declared, “I live ‘out of’ the Father, now you live ‘out of‘ Me.” 

DO NOT try to act like Christ, or seek to be “Christ-like” in your behavior. But do indeed be like Him in His method --- trusting Him to be all that He is to all that we need.

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Settling Down Into Him

We need Him desperately, or we will wither and die.

We need Him desperately, or we will wither and die.

The biggest struggle of my faith walk has been that my God is too small. This is so very dangerous. If in my own eyes, God is small, then I must loom large! But the stark reality of life is that my resources are not sufficient for this great task called life – life that is experienced in a fallen world. Put simply, my batteries are not up to the demand, which produces fear and anxiety in my soul as I ponder how I am going to make it through the many travails that life in a fallen world can bring.

I must not only know, but believe that God is such a very big God, and that He in His bigness is for me, and offers to be, all that He is to all that I need in the moment of faith.

He is El Shaddai, and He wants me to trust Him as El Shaddai.

So what does that mean? The root word in this dynamic name that God has given Himself is “shad.” Shad is the Hebrew word for the female breast. God has declared Himself to be to us, "God, the breasted One.” There is perhaps no more beautiful picture in the world than that of an infant, cuddled in the arms of its mother, nursing at her breast. Oh, my friends, this is what God wants to be to us. He wants to be our tender nurturer.

He longs to be the One that we will settle down into and
receive comfort and protection from. Isn’t that wonderful?

Please know though, that it is so much greater than even that wonderful picture. That mother, nursing her child, is the provider of nourishment to that child. We could say that she is the supplier of life to that child. Without her, that child is going to wither and die. This is what our God is desperately trying to communicate to us in this name that He has chosen for Himself.

We need Him desperately, or we will wither and die.
He wants to be our supply, He wants to be our life, He wants to provide all that He is to us.

In my own life, I must admit that He wants to be more to me than I all too often do not allow Him to be to me. This is to my demise for all that is required of me is to say "yes" to His desire. To believe that He is my tender, nurturing supply of all that I need.

Oh, Father, I do believe that you are El Shaddai. Help my unbelief, and help me to see how small I really am, that I might see how BIG and for me you really are.  That I might run to You in faith, and find You as you really are!

The Greater Power

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

When it comes to helping people not fall into sin... A COMMAND (LAW) IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH to protect us from the onslaught and allure that comes against us in a fallen world.

The forces that are coming against us, and the cry that comes from within us (the flesh), are too powerful. We get "shocked" when every once in a while the evening news carries the story of a pastor who has run off with the church secretary! If we really understood the issues we should be shocked that there aren't twenty every day!!!

To protect and preserve us from sin and temptation, we need something much greater than a simple command to not do it. There is only ONE SURE PREVENTIVE HELP AFFORDED TO US.

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

We need a POWER inside us... WE NEED A PERSON INSIDE US ...
CHRIST IN US... OUR HOPE OF GLORY!

1 Cor 10
"There is no temptation that has overtaken you such as is common to man, BUT GOD is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it!"

That "way of escape" is Jesus...
Who offers to be all that He is
To all that we need
At the moment of faith (dependence)

He puts LIFE on the inside
so we won't settle for the "life" that comes from the outside...

We Were Never Designed to Live by Doing Good, and not Doing Evil.

One of the most amazing verses I have ever read is Romans 5:20. Before you read it though, let's think together.

When as a parent you made a rule: "There will be no running in the house!" Why did you make that rule? Because you intended that this new rule would stop the kids from running in the house, right? How did that work for you?

When our government made a rule, "There shall be no murder" - why did our government make that rule? They did it of course to stop murder. They did it to stop the faulty behavior. How did that work?

So when we as humanity make a law, we do it to curb behavior... our motive is to alter behavior, right? Otherwise, why would be make a law?

Now let's read Romans 5:20. "... the law came in that sin might INCREASE!" Did you see it? God made the law, knowing full well, that the law would NOT alter behavior, and that in fact through the giving of the law our behavior as human beings would in fact --- GET WORSE!

This happens because as Romans 7 says, "the power of sin uses the law to stir up more sin!" The problem is not with the law, for the law is "holy, perfect, and good." The problem is with the power of sin that thrives on law like gasoline poured on a fire."

Don't look at the wall behind your computer screen! Do you hear me? You better not look at the wall behind your computer screen! Most of you have already looked at the wall as soon as the command came forth. Others of you are pondering why it is so wrong to look at the wall and will soon join your other wall viewers! Some of you will now stare at the wall all day!!! This is how the power of sin works!

And yet, still God gave "the law" knowing full well that this would happen to us. God gave the law knowing that "sin would INCREASE!"

That tells us that God is not afraid of sin! He is more powerful than sin. It can increase and He will still take care of it! WOW! We have a big God.

That begs a question however, and that is "Why?". Why would God give the law knowing full well that we were going to sin and sin and sin in the giving of the law?

My friends, I believe it was so we would get sick of that law system and pursue God for another economy. I believe it was so we would get sick of sinning and cry out for another way. You do know, that we were NEVER designed to live by doing good and not doing evil. That is an economy that Adam plunged us into when he ate from that tree. We were NEVER intended to live by right and wrong.

We were created to live in an intimate and dependent relationship with God! We were designed to live by a Person, the Spirit of God, not by an outside, lifeless, economy of demand! Praise God, through the Person and Work of Jesus, God established a New Covenant... a covenant of relationship with a Person, none other than God Himself Who now lives in and through us as we trust Him by faith.

It is this glorious new way of life that allows us to fulfill our intended design to be experiencers and expressers of God to His own glory. This is true worship and a life that is satisfying and rewarding.