The following is my parable:As I explain to you what a beautiful home I have, with it's spacious rooms bejeweled with gold & crystal chandeliers, 2" thick carpets and gorgeous paintings along the walls, a winding solid oak staircase and railing, and hand carved furniture resting on colorful European hand crafted rugs, I express to you all the beauty of my home. You may respond with an utterance of acceptance, yet you do not fully perceive it.
Now I'm inviting you to come for dinner and sit with the Master of the house. Of course you're coming, even if it is just to see what I have been boasting about. Right? I open the door for you and as you enter your mouth falls wide open and your eyeballs are big as they stare at the chandeliers and all of the things that I previously described to you. Now you see it with your own eyes; you become convinced!
I then introduce you to the Master. As your eyes meet His, you see only LOVE. He looks right through you and you know nothing is hidden from His profound observant eyes. You cringe and fear for what He's going to say. As He looks into your eyes, He smiles, reaches out His hand toward you and says: "Come, I have been waiting for you, for I gave My life so that I can fellowship with you and have dinner together". He grabs your hand and He guides you to the table prepared for you. You look at me and you smile. As your eyes well up with tears you say: "Trudy, this is far more beautiful than you ever explained to me".
You see, it is only when one comes inside, that one becomes tangibly close with that which is described, and only then is one able to experience the reward. By the same token, you have to accept Jesus as your Savior "first" to be able to learn what faith is all about. Once you are within this spiritual realm, you will see what God's word says and will begin to understand His promises and direction.
Let us examine some of His words to us.
Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, known how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
John 10:10 I Have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Believe it! Walk in it!
I once persistently remained on my knees on behalf of my husband so that he would acquire a particular job. I said to the Lord: " I am not letting You go until You have blessed us by providing this much needed job." I exclaimed: "Lord, Jacob was hanging onto the slip of the angel's coat and said, I am not letting You go until You have blessed me. So neither will I, Lord, let You go until You answer and bless me with this."
I stayed on my knees believing and praying until I knew in my heart that God had already answered. This was a job that my husband had inquired about that same morning. The Company's manager had asked my husband for the expected wages that he was looking for. After giving him the figure, the manager mentioned that there were no openings, and definitely not for the kind of wages suggested. No wonder my husband came home disappointed and he got himself ready for his evening shift. It was then that I went before the Lord on my knees.
That same afternoon, around 4 o'clock, a gentleman telephoned and said: " I am Mr. A., manager of Company B, do you suppose that your husband is still interested in the job?" "Of course",I exclaimed. He went on to say that he would pay the wages that my husband had asked for.
Praise the Lord! Believe me, God is for real! We have experienced things that I am careful to express and tell people because they may think I am lying. For they are, in reality, unbelievable experiences.
The Lord IS God and He will do the Impossible!
When I find myself faced with difficulties to overcome, I always exclaim to the Lord: "Lord you healed my mentally ill sister, You can do anything!" Lord, if you are only able to do that which I can do, then I don't need You; for I need You to do the "Impossible". I know that God is pleased with this childlike response. For it is a zealous, unconstrained, and expectant faith that I maintain in Him.
Matthew 18:3... unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
We need to have that childlike FAITH.
I learn a lot when I read about Biblical figures in the New Testament and that of the Old Testament such as Noah, Abraham, Daniel, and Joseph. Especially the story of Joseph! Has God changed? Were these people of greater significance than you or I? NO! What He did for others, He will do for you!
The Lord wants you to speak your heart out to Him. Whatever your problems are or whatever it is that is troubling you, He is right there to help you. Don't doubt, but shout! Don't let anyone DISCOURAGE you. Allow only ENCOURAGEMENT in the FAITH. Read Gods Word and learn His will and plan for your life. Most importantly, make every effort to honor God in everything that you do.
When we lived on the farm, we had a hen with newly hatched chicks. Our son, Robin, spent most of his free time in the barn. He was always so fascinated with animals. One day he came running into the kitchen saying that he could hear the peeping of a chick in a heap of hay. I went to the barn and while we were digging in the pile of hay, the peeping became louder.
Unfortunately, there was no improvement. After a couple of days I told Robin that I was not going to continue feeding the chick if I didn't see any progress. "One more day mom", he exclaimed, " I am going to praise the Lord for that chick, just like in the book " Prison to Praise". I conformed and continued feeding the chick that day. Robin was about 12 years old then and to my guess, he must have done a lot of praising in his bedroom. Because early the following morning I got up and went over to look in the box that we had put the chick in. In front of me was a perfect chick walking around picking at the box and at some grain I had left in there. I ran back up to Robin's bedroom. I shook him and told him what had happened with the chick. I cried, "It's walking normal." Robin, half asleep replied: "O, I knew that !" He was not even surprised because he EXPECTED from the Lord to honor his praises.
The faith of a child is like clear water in a mud puddle. You would never know it is there. The chick was brought back to mother hen and the other chicks. Nobody would ever see the difference between each of them. Praise the Lord! He is still in the Miracle business!
At one time, my youngest daughter, already grown, was walking wayward in her own path. During this time of her life, I found a poem in the attic that was written by her when she was just a child. It was a beautiful poem about the Lord which described her love for Him. Heartbroken, I began to cry; a cry of a mother. I held up this poem to the heavens and cried, Lord, O Lord, do You see this poem, can You read it. Please read it Lord, I exclaimed as tears ran down my face.
I continued to lift up my plea to God saying, "Lord, bring her back where she once was, Please, DO IT." I was pleading for her soul. He will do it! The Holy Spirit is consistently working overtime and has brought her already much, much closer! This, my friend, is how we battle through prayer to get things done.
No nonsense, but straight forward.
Psalm 50 verse 15... Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
Psalm 81: 10... I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
Genesis 18:14...Is there anything too hard for the Lord ?
Proverbs 4:4...Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live.
John 15:7.. .If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
Psalm 65:5...By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us.
Mark 11:24...All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.
I myself am not saying this to you but God's Word states it. If this is the case, then what can I possibly add?