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Thursday, September 29, 2016

FACTS CAN DECEIVE

Psalm 95:3-5 NIV
“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”
       The Spirit of God moved upon David to write this song of exhortation regarding the greatness of God. All creation was made by God’s own hand; the seas, the hills and mountain peaks. Those who don’t believe in God are constantly seeking scientific facts to prove or discredit Christianity. They don’t realize that facts are not required here, but simple childlike faith. Trusting only in what we can experience with our senses isn’t really trust. What if our senses deceive us? We are relying on our own intellect and understanding. What if we’re wrong? Faith doesn’t rely on our senses, but instead relies on a quickening of the spirit within us to see things that are unseen to the naked eye. If we could see God, belief in Him wouldn’t require faith. Yet seeing His handiwork all around us seems insufficient for some.
       Throughout scripture the virtues of Almighty God are presented. He is great and above all other gods, for He never fails. He speaks to His children by the Holy Spirit and keeps the promises He makes. The individual who doesn’t use eyes of faith will never see God for who He truly is. They spend their time looking for hard, cold facts to base their beliefs on. All things that could be considered factual have been determined to be so by mortal men. There is nothing spectacular about these men other than they have conjured up formulas and theories that are, in and of themselves and by definition, not facts. Exercising ones faith is to read or hear something regarding God and choose to either believe or reject it. We all have that right based on the free will we have been given. To reject God is to say that everything around us just happened and was not formed by an unseen force prior to our very existence.
       In the end, it takes intellect to believe in facts and figures. Those have a sense of things that are greater than themselves choose to exercise faith. God was and is and always shall be. I choose to believe that. I accept that there are many things that I don’t understand, but also accept that I don’t have to. Believing in God takes courage and boldness. We allow our faith to give birth to hope and hope is what sustains us in our darkest hour. Exercise your faith.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
NOTE:  NIV – New International Version.

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