Imagine yourself in a closed room with walls, floor and ceiling but no windows or doors. The room is made of solid rock or steel. You are in total darkness. Just pause for a few minutes and consider how you would feel.
Now imagine yourself being filled with complete confidence. You are overflowing in confidence and have complete belief that you are going to get out of there. You don’t know how you are going to do it, no idea what method you are going to use, but you just know you can escape at any time.
In other words you are full of faith!
Worldly things are mere folly, vanity and deceit that try to lead us astray. The enemy uses these to trap us by trying to place us in a closed room and keep us there. No the walls are not made rock or steel, but something much worse. They are made up of pure ignorance. This we cannot know or see. This is how the enemy traps us!
Almost every one of us view the world in the same way. We experience life as we know it through our five senses. That is what we see, hear, smell, feel and taste. We have been doing this ever since we were born on this planet as human beings.
Some of us have seen plants with buds that after a period of time turn into beautiful flowers. As time rolls on these flowers eventually fade, wither and disappear. Some of us have gone out and bought the latest computer, a brand new Television set or hi-fi system only to throw them, a few years later, onto the scrap heap.
The things of this world are here today and gone tomorrow. Just like the things of this world we cannot stay here forever. What we experience is also transient, always changing and not a true reality. What we experience is information coming from outside that is filtered through the organs of our human bodies that are our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and nerve endings.
Therefore we do not have the full picture of reality. We only experience a partial truth of the full reality of life. In other words we live our lives in ignorance.
Faith in Jesus Christ breaks all bonds, breaks all ties and sets us free! No problem, no disease, no torment is too big for our God.
To have faith in something unknown and unseen is not easy. Most people want proof that God exits. They want God to reveal Himself to them. People who do not believe in God will come up with all kinds of logical explanations to validate their unbelief. Don’t get me wrong they are very good arguments made from very intelligent people.
The average person will say…
If I see any solid evidence to support God, or any supernatural explanation of any phenomenon, that God exists I’ll reconsider my disbelief. Until then, I’ll assume that God does not exist!
If God really did exist, why is there so much evil in the world?
Why are there different religions that are divided and conflict with each other?
Why are there sayings in the Bible that make no sense?
All of the above are great statements and I cannot challenge them…….SORRY!
But what I can do is tell you how I came to have faith in Jesus. Maybe then you will be able to find an answer to the above.
It all started off with a feeling of not being in control. Not only of things such as keeping my job, relationships and general life issues but the worry that I may find out that I have something terminal like cancer or some other crippling disease. This terrified me and it then dawned on me that all of us are going to die one day and we have no control as to the time and manner of our death.
Up until then I felt invincible. I went to the gym everyday, did martial arts, loved myself and lived a very selfish and haughty lifestyle. I knew one day I will leave this earth but it seemed like a long way off so why worry about it? But seeing friends, relatives and family around you pass away. People who were larger than life to become no more on this earth made me realise that I was not invincible. Just like them I will leave this earth one day.
So what is there to be so arrogant and haughty about?
In the beginning I had no faith in God but I prayed this simple prayer.
God if you exist how can I believe in you, how can I have faith when I cannot even see you?
But once you turn to God things start to happen. As soon as I said those words I felt a change. Something had happened inside me but I couldn’t quite understand what it was. It was almost as if God had gone to work…
…and He had
My good friend in Singapore went through a bad divorce. A few months later he gave His life to Christ. I also noticed that whenever I went through a bad experience. A simple prayer to God made me feel totally at peace! With this and with the encouragement of my friend I finally gave my life to Christ.
And having taken that step of faith and allowing the Lord to go to work in my life I began to experience an inner peace and an inner strength that I had never experienced before. It didn’t happen straight away but very slowly as the weeks and months passed by. When it finally dawned on me that I was totally forgiven with all my sins washed away and able to put all my problems and worries into the hands of our Heavenly Father I was filled with joy. This is what it is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You are a child of God and He controls the universe.
If God be for you who dare be against you
All the pressures and burdens of the world are taken cleanly off your shoulders. Any problems, fears, and worries you have are in the hands of Our Heavenly Father. When you turn to God He will give you faith. His supernatural faith by filling you with the Holy Spirit.
You then become aware that you have been living in a trance up until then. Just like a puppet in a play whose strings are being pulled by some external agency. Not much different to a sheep in a field or a fly trying to get through a partially opened window.
We have no control over our lives whilst we live upon this earth because our physical bodies and minds limit us. The only way is to lift up your eyes to heaven and give your life to Jesus Christ who is the light that saves and guides us forward to eternal life.
When we place our faith in Jesus we believe in Him and we become righteous in the eyes of our Heavenly Father.
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3: 22-23
“…..Oh, if all were to know how beautiful Jesus is, how loving He is! They would all die of love. And yet, how is it that He is so little loved? Oh, it is time lost to be with creatures! Our heart is made to love one thing only, our great God.”
– Words of St Gemma Galgani