This past week, I went with the youth group I am interning at this summer to Camp Texoma. I am overwhelmed with the love and joy of the Lord! The Spirt was outpoured in some bold and powerful ways through experiences, conversations, and the building of relationships. The Lord is so good & I am blessed beyond words to be here.
The theme of the week was faith. "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." It's not seeing things that gives us faith, but rather, our faith is what helps us see things.
Faith gives eyes to the heart.
We can start to see with the heart by the grace we have received through faith.
Faith is what gives us life. Faith is what helps us to see.
Faith puts everything into focus.
Seeing the Kingdom of God at work is only accessible through faith.
It is through faith that we see the real heart of the Father.
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs the all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."--2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Faith is rooted in the unseen.
Unbelief is rooted in what is visible.
Faith is active.
Faith is intrusive.
Faith makes our focus clear.
Faith has purpose.
Faith is not the absence of doubt, but rather the presence of belief.
Faith realizes that everything we do now, everything we go through now, every disappointment, every tough situation, every joy, every heartache, every moment of every day is achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
This, then, is the reality of faith: Realizing that we are a part of the Kingdom of God now. We are part of the already, but the not yet. While we cannot fully experience the Kingdom of God right now, through faith, we can see glimpses of what the Lord is doing.
Faith makes us take a step back and open our eyes to see that we need to "take hold of the eternal life to which we were called.."
I pray that we can open our eyes and clearly see this life that we have been called to.