Today's is "You've Gotta' Have Faith to Believe" and I'll use this morning's blog to briefly discuss the topic. It's an important one and we Christians know that the entire basis of our belief in Our Lord Jesus Christ comes from faith. And while God left us with plenty of evidence of the living Christ on earth, we lack what most would call scientific proof. Skeptics, of course, use this as a basis for the argument that Christ was really not who we say He was and is but we know better.
How, you might ask, do we know this? And the answer is as simple as faith, for faith with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, who Jesus sent down to us shortly after His ascension to heaven, is what brings us His Kingdom. The Spirit stands by ready to put us in touch with the living Christ and the Father if only we will open our heart to Him. The heart is the key, because Jesus and our belief in Him is all about love. We are expected to love Him but, of greater significance, we are expected to love one another as we love ourselves. And the hard part really comes into play when we are expected to love someone who has done us wrong or wishes to do so.
When we open your heart and let the Holy Spirit come into our very being, His presence opens wonders and with prayer, scripture reading and communal worship slowly but surely the entire picture makes sense to us. For some it comes quickly, for others slowly, but until we witness the rebirth by letting the Son shine in we will never experience a strong faith which leads us to understanding and believing that Jesus is "the Way, the Truth and the Life".
It takes practice folks, just like a musician or an athlete needs to practice daily. But the more we practice through prayer, reading and community worship, the greater the depth of our knowledge becomes and the more we want to learn and serve. And it can only start with our first step, but oh, what a glorious step that will be if we only take it.
We'll talk more about this topic when I am able to broadcast the program, maybe later today or tomorrow. I will post the show on both Twitter and Facebook as well as on this site. I hope you will tune in when it is available. In the meantime, celebrate the Lord's Day with a visit to His House this morning and then enjoy a glorious day with family and friends. God bless you all.