Lead Like Jesus

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:16 ESV
We all have gifts. And I’ve written about this before. Each of us is called to use the gifts God has given to us. We are to use them to equip, to build up, and to grow one another up. Yet one Sunday as I listened to my pastor use Ephesians 4 to teach about leadership in the church, God brought me back to a lesson He taught me a few years ago regarding leadership: a leader must lead like Jesus.
Well, duh, you may be thinking. Of course a leader should lead like Jesus. What church leader wouldn’t want to lead like Jesus? Yet I’m not referring solely to church leaders.  We are all leaders in some capacity-whether that be at home, at work, or at church.  Many times we are leaders in multiple situations.
But regardless our place of leadership, if we are truly honest with ourselves, do we lead like Jesus?  Do we really serve? Do we really use wisdom in assessing situations? Do we really meet people right where they are? Or do we get stuck in a rut of human limitations and expectations? Do we assume a leader must be an extrovert who is great at giving direction and delivering motivational speeches? Do we picture a leader large and in charge and unphased by the comments of others?
Sure, some leaders have these qualities. But God does not pigeonhole a leader’s qualities to one personality type. A leader may be an introvert by nature, or a leader may shy away from the limelight. A leader in God’s eyes will “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”  In other words, a leader who leads like Jesus becomes more like Jesus in everything he says and does.
If we pay attention to the passage above, a leader in God’s eyes is the one who leads people to God. A leader helps the young in faith to mature. A leader leads by example and bears fruit in the form of producing other leaders. A leader leads to growth.
Several years ago, I took a personality test that categorized temperaments into four categories: lion, otter, golden retriever, and beaver. A person who is a “lion” by nature, is often the one “in charge”–the one who usually gets his way. The “otter” is the one who goes with the flow and does not appear to be phased by much. The “golden retriever” loves to please people and avoid conflict. The”beaver” wants things just so and done in an orderly fashion. (Find more information here)
I tested as a golden retriever with beaver qualities as well. Yet even though these characteristics are my natural inclinations, if I am to lead like Jesus, I should day by day move closer to exhibiting all of them. For that’s what Jesus did.
To lead like Jesus is to be in such close relationship with the Father that we act and do because the Father tells us to, even if this goes against our natural inclinations.  Jesus was a lion when he needed to be and a golden retriever when he needed to be.  He was introverted when necessary and extroverted when necessary.  He knew His identity as God’s Son and lived His life as God told him to.  I’m sure as a human he had natural tendencies, but those tendencies didn’t necessarily define him.   Yes, I know my natural tendencies lean toward introspection and feeling,  but knowing this does not mean I am this forever. In fact, to put myself in such a box is to limit God. I need to be adaptable as God leads. The key here is AS GOD LEADS.  For a long time I’ve adapted as I feel people would want me to, but God is teaching me that I need to be adaptable as HE leads.   I need to know who I am in Him and be secure in that, but I must also be secure in knowing when He wants me to be something different for His glory. If God calls me to speak out and do something outside my comfort zone, then I want to be close enough to Him to hear His voice and then obey.
For instance, there is a lion in me that at times I’ve been fearful of letting people see. Yet my desire is to get over that fear and be the lion I need to be when I need to be it.  If God wants to have me, a golden retriever/beaver by nature, act like a lion for a bit, then get ready to hear me roar.  🙂
I still remember standing in the high school library in 2001 watching the twin towers on fire and about to collapse.  While watching the terror unfold, a student standing beside me made a comment as we watched people jumping out of the buildings. I don’t remember what he said, but I just remember his attitude was one of thinking it was like a video game.  He was extremely flippant and disrespectful in his remarks. So I responded. I cannot remember what I said back to him, but I do remember it was pointed and “out of character” for me. And I remember the librarian looking at me with shock.  She commented later that “She didn’t know I had that in me.”  Sure, I’m not one to boldly confront someone , but back in 2001 in a school library a usually quiet puppy dog needed to roar like a lion, so she did. And that student learned his lesson. 🙂

So now, sixteen years later, my desire remains: I long to be more like Jesus.  I want to say and to do what needs to be said and done, regardless of what others may think.  I must trust God speaks to me just like He speaks to others. So if He speaks, I must obey, even if this means going out of my comfort zone.
I don’t want to come to the end my life on earth only knowing and only acting upon my natural tendencies. I want to leave this earth not only knowing I am a daughter of the King, but also knowing I acted like it. God loves me, and although He created me with natural inclinations, I want to be intimate enough with Him to step out and be like Jesus…whatever He may call me to do.
A few years ago I walked through a very difficult journey. It was through this journey God taught me many life changing lessons. Below is an excerpt of an email I sent to a friend during this journey. I believe it expresses the importance of following in the steps of our Lord. For to lead like Jesus is to follow in His steps.
If He wants me to be part of the preschool ministry, then I want to remain intimate enough with Him that I will hear His voice tell me so and to keep me in check so I know when enough is enough.  If He wants me to do something completely different, then I want to be intimate enough with Him to be able to hear His voice say, “This is the way, walk in it.”  He’s called me to serve, so I know He’ll equip me to serve wherever that is and whenever that is.  It is His voice l want to obey.  Just because I have had a tendency to work too much in the past, I do not have to let it define me for the rest of my life.  And if God wants this introvert to step up and out, then I pray I do so for His glory and with confidence.    I don’t want to end this life hearing “Wow, she knew herself well…definitely a golden retriever.”  I want to hear, “Wow, she really knew Jesus…she did whatever He asked of her.”   To really know Jesus is to be who He wants me to be when He wants me to be it, regardless of what my natural tendency may be.
My friend, whatever your natural tendencies may be today, I encourage you to listen for God’s still small voice leading you in the direction you should go. Whether you are by nature an otter, a lion, or like me, know you are not “stuck” in that role.  Honestly, to just stay who we are and pass things off as “oh, that’s just the way I am” is being the opposite of becoming more like Jesus. God desires a leader with a heart like his. So regardless of your natural inclinations today, know that if you are His, you have the qualities of a leader. All you need to do is follow in His steps.
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Draw Near in Fear

Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
Exodus 20:18‭-‬21 ESV

Could you imagine what it must have been like to experience the power and the presence of God in such a mighty way? God came before the Israelites with trumpet sound, with thunder, with lightning, and with smoke.  And He spoke to them.  God spoke audibly to the children of Israel!  What an incredible miracle to behold!

And frightening I’m sure.

Imagine physically hearing the voice of God. Imagine seeing a mountain in smoke. Imagine the deafening thunder and the blinding lightning.

Wow.

But thankfully for the Israelites, in the midst of His mighty display, God shared His motivation for such a demonstrative presentation of His power: that the Israelites would fear (revere) Him. God knew if the Israelites had a healthy fear of Him, then they’d refrain from sin. They would steer away from sin because they respected the holy God.  And wouldn’t that be true for anyone?  When we have a deep respect for someone, we do our best to please that person.  We would never willfully hurt someone we revere.

Yet the Israelites did not react according to God’s desire. Sure, they feared. Yet they feared for themselves. They fell away in fear instead of falling near in fear. They ran away from God’s presence instead of into it. They feared for their physical lives more than their spiritual. They were so afraid of messing up, of touching the mountain, that they ran away from the very One whose Presence was on the mountain. They could not handle–or maybe did not want to handle–the immense responsibility that accompanies God’s presence.

So the Israelites chose to back up instead of bow down.

The Israelites didn’t look at God and bow in reverent fear; they looked at God, looked at themselves, and then ran away. They assumed their lives were better off far away than near. The apparent pressure of God’s presence was too much for them. It seemed safer to them to back away instead of bow down. Of course, they did not realize pulling away was the exact opposite of what would keep them safe. Drawing near to God, no matter how frightening it may seem at first, is always the best choice. The temporary pain of a humble heart is worth the eternal glory of a life lifted up by the Lord.

Now I will say as an outsider looking in–as one whose hindsight is 20/20–I am in awe at what the Israelites were able to witness.  And I confess as I read the above passage I thought to myself (with a little indignant pride present), “If I were there, I would have bowed down immediately and worshiped.  I wouldn’t have run away.  I would have relished the opportunity to be in God’s presence and audibly hear His voice.”  But of course, I wasn’t there, and there is no way to really know what I would have done.

Yet regardless of the choice I think I might have made, there is a lesson I can glean from this passage; there is an important truth within these lines: although the circumstances of our lives may differ, the choice to bow or to bail remains.  When we come face to face with God’s truth, God’s power, and God’s presence we will indeed fear. I think fear is expected. Yet there are different types of fear. We will either fear in an unhealthy manner or in a healthy manner. Unhealthy fear will pull us AWAY from God; healthy fear will draw us TO God.  Unhealthy fear focuses on ourselves;  healthy fear focuses on God. Unhealthy fear proclaims, “Woe is me. I can’t handle this,” and then flees. Healthy fear proclaims, “Woe is me. I can’t handle this. I am unworthy. Yet I know God’s grace will cover me. I trust God’s Spirit will equip me. I bow before God knowing I can only because He allows me to.”

Do you see the difference? When we look solely on our circumstances, our situation, and ourselves, we will fear. And in this fear we will, like Adam and Eve, find ourselves hiding from God. Yet when we look at our circumstances, our situation, and ourselves honestly through God’s eyes, we will find ourselves reverently bowing before Him. In both situations  we are unworthy. Yet when we run to God, our shame is covered with grace.

So here’s an important principle to take with you today: going into the darkness may at first seem scary, but when God’s presence is in the darkness, you will find your sight there.  You will find your life there.

Thus I implore you not to run from God’s presence today.  Yes, His truth may be difficult to hear.  Yes, His words may pierce your soul.  Yes, His presence may cause you to tremble. Yet the temporary pain that accompanies the clash of an unholy person with a holy God is worth the long-term relationship that will soon ensue. For when we run to God–when we bow before Him–He welcomes us.  He invites us into HIs presence and into a relationship with Him.  A broken and contrite heart God will not despise (Psalm 51:17).

True faith draws near in fear.  True faith doesn’t run away from God; it runs to Him.  So run to God today. Bow before Him.  Submit yourself and your life to Him.  Allow Him to lead.  Allow yourself to follow.  And if you’re afraid, draw near. Draw near in fear. For you will soon discover that as you draw near in fear, the God of all will draw near to you. And He’ll hold you. He’ll love you. And He’ll never let you go.

Lean on Him

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

Do not lean on our own understanding.  God has been reminding me of this important truth in recent days.  God does not call us to understand all His ways. God does not call us to understand Him.  God calls us to trust Him.  And I hereby submit to you right now that true trust comes when we do NOT lean on our own understanding; true trust comes when we don’t understand, yet we believe.

When we physically lean on something, we are using that something for support.  For instance, if I lean against the wall, then I am using the wall to help support me. If I lean my head on a shoulder, then that shoulder is supporting my head. This means if we are leaning on our own understanding, then we are in essence trying to support ourselves with our finite minds.  We are trying to walk through life trusting in what we can understand, explain, and see.

Yet faith, trust, and belief cannot be seen, explained, or understood.  It is not possible to stand on the promises of God if we are leaning on our own understanding. What we see and experience on earth may not make sense; our circumstances may not align with what we thought we knew. Yet regardless, we should not try to explain God.  We should not try to understand why and how God would “allow something like this to happen.”

We will never understand God completely on this earth.  Never.  Our finite minds were not designed this way.

We were designed to lean–to lean not on our own understanding, but to lean on God.  We must lean on Him, trusting that He knows–that He understands–that He is in control.

So this is what I encourage you to do today.  Trust in the Lord.  Trust Him when you can kind of see His purpose; trust Him when you cannot.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Below is a link to a devotional that I read this morning that further explains this idea of belief, not understanding.  I encourage you to read it.  Again, you may not like nor understand the why and the how of where you are in life, but you can still trust.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart knowing that He who truly understands will be with you always, even to the end of the age.

Streams in the Desert Devotional

 

When Fear Comes

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;
I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

Psalms 56:3‭-‬4 ESV

Did you notice the title?  It was intentional.  I used the word when not if, for fear comes to all of us at some point in our lives. Whether it’s a fear of heights, a fear of failure, or a fear of the unknown, we all have faced and will face fear. There’s no getting around it, really. All of us at some point will have to walk outside our comfort zone, face the unexpected, or tackle the unknown. We need not ever try to avoid fear. Fear will come.

So if we know fear is inevitable, instead of wasting our precious time trying to avoid fear–instead of beating ourselves up every time we feel afraid–we need to acknowledge the fear–acknowledge it yet not embrace it.

In Psalm 56 (and throughout all the Psalms), David faced fear. He was despised, chased, hunted, and much more throughout his life. Fear was not a stranger to him. Yet what David knew, and what we must also remember, is fear is not a state of being; it’s a catalyst. We as God’s children are not supposed to remain afraid; we are to place our fears at God’s feet. We are to trust God with our fears. We are not to be afraid (meaning we are not to be continually in fear); we are to trust in God. We are to trust in the One more powerful than anything and anyone. We are not to remain afraid; we are to run to God. Fear should never be permanent in the life of a believer. Fear should never paralyze us. Rather, it should propel us into the arms of our Father.

We do not fail when we fear. Remember this today. Fear in and of itself is not failure. Rather, failure comes when we cling to the fear instead of to our Father.

So if you are afraid today, that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up for feeling fear. Death is scary. Cancer is scary. New is scary. Different is scary. Many situations in life are scary. Yet  whatever it is–known or unknown–that is causing you to be afraid today, do not allow it to keep you there. Bow before your Maker. Surrender your heart and your situation to the only One powerful enough to redeem it. Be not afraid. Be still.  Be still and know God is God. Be still and know you will see the goodness of God in land of the living. Be still and know that the One who is for you is greater than anyone or anything that could possibly be against you. Do not remain afraid about anything today.  Instead “…in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).  And as you do–as you place your fear at our Father’s feet–as you let go of what’s paralyzing you–you’ll feel the change.  No, your circumstances may not change.  The cancer may remain; your loved one may die; your future may still be unclear.  But what will not remain will be the fear; it will be replaced–replaced with faith–replaced with peace–more specifically, the peace of God–the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Therefore I encourage you now: be not continually afraid. Let God’s peace rule and reign in your heart today. Take that fear and cast it at your Father’s feet. God knows your situation.  God knows your heart.  And God knows exactly what you are going through.  So run to Him.  Embrace Him.  Trust Him.  And remember: “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37). 

Fear is not an if; it’s a when. But when fear comes, always remember, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). No one!

 

How Could I Not

In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Psalms 11:1‭-‬3 ESV

Has anyone ever said something to you or suggested something to you that left you wondering,”Why did they just say that?” or “How could they just suggest that?”?  Something you assumed was understood or obvious was actually questioned by another. Something you knew that you knew with your whole heart to be true was dubbed crazy or ridiculous by some else. If so, how did you respond?  Were you angry? Were you dumbfounded? Did you laugh it off? Did you begin to question what you thought you once believed?

Regardless of how you may have responded in the past, in Psalm 11 David actually gives us an example to follow the next time. Apparently right before Psalm 11, someone told David he should flee and hide because the enemy was coming and the plight of the righteous was hopeless. Someone dared to not only assume the worst but then invited David do the same. In their opinion David should flee because those arrows in the dark were surely destined to hit their mark.

David was dumfounded. He couldn’t believe someone would dare make that suggestion. He was flabbergasted that someone suggested he run in fear. Yet he didn’t get angry;  he didn’t begin to doubt. He simply responded to that crazy suggestion by asking a question.

His question? “How can you say to my soul to flee like a bird at the threat of the enemy?” In other words, he asked “How could I not trust God who is my refuge?”

David didn’t need to fear the what ifs because David knew Who God was (and is!).  David didn’t have to flee the unknown because He knew the God who knows it all. Read with me what David shared with the doubter:

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord‘s throne is in heaven;
    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
The Lord tests the righteous,
    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
    fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
    the upright shall behold his face.

David knew who God was, he knew where God dwelled, he knew God was in charge, and he knew both the righteous and the wicked would one day “get their reward.” David didn’t doubt what he knew just because his physical eyes could not yet see. David trusted. He trusted that one day is Faith would indeed be sight.

My favorite line is the last one: that one day the righteous will behold his face. What a promise! Oh the joy that will come when we enter His presence! No more tears, no more pain, no more sickness, no more suffering. All things will be as God intended them to be.

It is a wonderful promise.

Yet even though we who know this promise can hold on to this promise, we are often questioned by those on the outside. We are often asked “why” and “how.” Why would God allow this to happen? Why would such a good person be taken so early from this life? How could God watch this and do nothing? How could we continue to trust in a God who would “let this happen”? Maybe you have even found yourself asking those very questions. Your home has been destroyed by a hurricane. The one you love has suddenly died. The doctor’s diagnosis is not what you wanted to hear. The cry of your heart seems to be met with silence from heaven.

Well, I do not know exactly what you’re going through today, and I will not even try to pretend that I know. But I will share what I do know. Our God is in his holy Temple in heaven. Our God is righteous. Our God sees it all. Our God knows it all. And one day the wicked will perish but the righteous will see his face.

“Where is your God?” people ask. “How can you trust God in such a time like this?”  Well, here is what our answer should be:  “How could I NOT?!”  How could I not trust in God in times of trouble?  How could I not run to God for refuge? How could I not keep my eyes fixed on the promise that one day I will behold his face?  If I cannot trust in God, then whom can I trust? No one.  All people on earth will fail me.  Nothing on earth and no one on earth will last forever.  But God remains.  God is steadfast. God is immovable.  God is Lord.  And if God is Lord, how dare I question Him when things aren’t going my way.

When the Lord is your refuge, you don’t run away from the enemy; you run to your Lord. And that is my encouragement to you today. Regardless of what you are going through, regardless of the circumstances you are facing, regardless of the questions that remain unanswered–trust in the Lord. Trust in His goodness. Trust in His mercy. Trust in His promise of redemption. Trust. And as you trust, if someone comes up to you and asks you “How could you trust in a time like this?” or “How could you believe in a God that would let this happen?” Do not get angry. Do not get frustrated. Do not begin to doubt. Just pray for that person as you smile back and simply respond with, “How could I not? How could I not trust in the one who was and is and always will be? How could I not trust in the one who promised that one day–yes, one day I, even I, little ‘ole me–will one day behold his face.”

This world is not our home, my friend. This world is not our home. So as we travel through this life, let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Let us keep believing and knowing that we know that when all else falls away, God remains.  Yes, God remains. And one day, one glorious day,  the upright shall behold His face.

 

Seeing Still

I feel compelled to add to my post the other day on faith. The thing about faith is it is not based on sight. Faith believes regardless of physical evidence. Faith doesn’t make sense. I repeat: faith doesn’t make sense; it cannot be rationalized.

Many Old Testament men and women died fully believing in a Savior they never saw with their own eyes. Hebrews 11:13 reads, “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.”

God always keeps His promises, even if we don’t see the answer during our time on earth. Joseph died fully believing God would bring him into the promised land; and it was not until several years after his death that Moses brought Joseph’s bones out of Egypt. Joseph may not have seen the promised land on earth, but he saw it in heaven.

In the New Testament, Paul prayed for a “thorn” that never went away. But Paul kept serving, kept preaching, and died knowing God is good.

On a personal level, I would love for my hormones to allow me to not be on meds, but that is not the case, so I must trust that God’s goodness is greater shown through the use of meds than the normalcy of hormones.

“What about me?”  you may ask? What about your sick child? What about the child you see struggle every day with what should be “normal” developmental  milestones? Why doesn’t God heal your child? Why doesn’t God heal every disease and sickness? Why do those we love get cancer or contract alzheimers?

The answer is simple: I don’t know.

But here’s what I do know. Your child is beautiful, and God will use her to glorify Him in some way; just keep believing. Keep seeing God and His goodness through the eyes of faith. And yes, cancer is ugly; it often takes the life of the one we love sooner than we’d like. But cancer is not too ugly for God. God can and will use its ugliness for something beautiful, even if the one suffering does not see or feel all the beauty this side of heaven.

My friend, this is what faith is: Faith is seeing the victory as having already been accomplished even if our physical eyes never lay hold of it. Even if we never understand on earth. Even if we never “see” on Earth–faith trusts. Faith knows God is righteous, God is good, and God is God, regardless.

So this is what I invite you to today. I invite you to that faith that may not understand, that may not make sense, and that may leave those around you wondering how and why you still believe and still serve and still love a God who supposedly “let this happen.” I invite you to keep believing in God and His goodness regardless of what your physical eyes may see and your physical body may feel.

God is God, and God is good–even when life is not.

Keep believing today, my friend. Do not let the things of this world take your eyes off the King of the World.  Keep believing, keep seeing, and keep moving forward knowing that He who promised is faithful and one day your faith will be made sight. Trust Him. It will.

See

Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor.
Joshua 6:1‭-‬2 ESV

Walls. When Joshua’s physical eyes looked at Jericho, that’s what they would have seen– fortified, seemingly impenetrable walls. No people. No movement. Just one big wall behind which the people of Jericho were hiding.  (And I must insert here the irony of God’s comment “mighty men of valor,” for those “mighty men of valor” had heard of the God of the Israelites, and they were afraid! They were so terrified they hid themselves behind a wall!)  Unfortunately, by hiding behind the wall, the men of Jericho were also erroneously placing their trust in that wall. “Surely,” they must have thought, “those Israelites will never get beyond our walls.  No human being on earth could get beyond our borders.” And in a way they were right. The Israelites could not penetrate the fortified city, but God could.  Yes, God could–for no wall is ever too big, too fortified, or too impenetrable for God.

So while the men of Jericho looked with their eyes and assumed the wall before them would protect them, God saw the truth–and He invited Joshua to join Him in seeing the truth–to join Him in looking beyond the physical–to “see” the victory God had already given.  God invited Joshua to believe, to trust, and to have faith that with God all things are possible.

And Joshua believed. When God pointed to the seemingly fortified city and said, “See,” Joseph saw. He saw the victory. He saw that wall with the eyes of faith–a faith that breathes and thrives on what is not seen.  He saw the promise fulfilled. Joseph saw by faith what God had promised.

And it was with this faith he acted.  It was by this faith “…the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30).  Joshua wasn’t afraid of the wall–or the “mighty men of valor” cowering behind the wall.  Joshua didn’t trust in the Israelites’ physical or mental prowess to take down the wall. He didn’t analyze the wall for some kind of weakness. No. While his physical eyes gazed at a wall, his eyes of faith saw its fall.

And that, my friend, is the faith I desire–a faith that circles the walls in my life with confidence that God has already brought them down.   True faith is indeed “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith gives us the ability to “see” with our spiritual eyes what is not yet visible in the earthly realm.  Faith looks at the cancer and sees healing.  Faith looks at death and sees heaven.  Faith looks at the for sale sign and sees “sold.” Faith knows that it knows that it knows that He who promised is faithful–that the One who put the world into motion is more than able to tear down that wall that looms in the distance.

I’m not sure what your wall is today–an uncertain future, a house needing to sell, a dream seemingly shattered, an unexpected bill.  I’m not sure, but God knows.  God knows the very wall before you, and He is inviting you now to see.  See the victory. See its fall.  See that He has delivered the enemy into your hand.   See that with God all things are possible–yes, “all things are possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23).