HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

June 14, 2017

John 14:2 (NLT) — 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

According to our memory verse what ever Jesus says is the truth. You can always count on him being right. If there wasn’t enough room in his Father’s house for everyone Jesus would never have led us to believe that there was. So if we live our lives in obedience to him what we see now by faith we will see later with our physical eyes.

That is the way it is in the Kingdom of God. First we see by faith until we see with our physical eyes. For instance in John 6 when Jesus told his disciples to feed the 5,000 with a couple loaves of bread and a few fish they had to obey and see by faith that all would be fed and then they say with their physical eyes that all were actually fed.

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) — 1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

In Mark 4:34 Jesus told his disciple to get in the boat because they were going to cross to the other side of the lake. As they were going a storm arose and the boat was filling up with water and they thought they were going to drown. They didn’t use their faith eyes to see that they were going to get to the other side and because of that they lost their confidence that what they hoped for would actually happen.  They shouldn’t have because Jesus said that they would get to the other side and he always tells the truth. Because they didn’t use their faith eyes they panicked. But Jesus rescued them anyway and then with their physical eyes they eventually did see the other side.

In John 2 when Jesus was at the wedding in Cana and they ran out of wine Jesus told the servants to fill up the jars with water and take them to the head waiter. So the servants obeyed. They saw with their faith eyes that the jars would  be filled with wine but they didn’t see it with their physical eyes until the water had been drawn out an tasted. It was the best wine ever!

Psalm 119:105 (NLT) — 105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

God’s word is a light and a guide to our faith eyes. As we obey his word by faith we will eventually see what he has promised with our physical eyes. We must get used to relying on our faith eyes more than our physical eyes because this is how life is with Jesus.

Another time Jesus told his disciples that he would was going to be crucified but that he would rise from the dead three days later and they were to meet him in Galilee. Well three days later they weren’t in Galilee when Jesus rose from the dead because they weren’t seeing with their faith eyes. They saw him die with their physical eyes and they thought that was the end of him. And then when he did appear to them Thomas said, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” And then Jesus said to Thomas, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (see John 20:25-29)

So the blessings come when we hear what God says in his word, believe it and obey it and see it happening with our faith eyes. The eventually we will see it happen with out physical eyes.

Example: Lets say you are not a tither. You don’t see how you could possibly make it if you gave God 10% of your income when you are barely making it now. But you read:

Malachi 3:10–11 (NLT) — 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

So with your faith eyes you see God blessing you. In other words you believe it is going to happen. You begin to tithe and eventually you will be blessed. You can do this with any promise of God. When you begin to see it with your faith eyes God will bring it to pass so that you will see it with your physical eyes.

Mark 11:22–25 (NLT) — 22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Cool!…my devo today was on faith…Heb 11:1. You’re so right Pastor Dan. Our faith in God needs to come first, not what we physically see. Not always easy to do when circumstances look bleak, but this is how the enemy can trip us up. It’s such a trick. We need to rest in his promises always and be assured in what we can’t or don’t see…YET!