We are in a very critical time right now. What makes it critical? The fact that we don’t know what we are doing makes it critical. We realize that we have access into God we have never had before and we don’t know what to do about it. Maybe you do. Maybe I’m speaking more for myself than anyone else because I realize I do not know what to do. How do we get into the next wherever we’re supposed to be that God has for us? I don’t really know.
We have come to a place where there is not much to do except believe. It is when you can’t see anything to believe in that your faith becomes important. When your feelings are not there, you’re not feeling blessed and there is just a barrenness as far as your emotions are concerned. You are in a barren place. That is when your faith and your believing become most important.
Matthew 5:43-48 You have heard that it has been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbor, and hate your enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? Do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even the publicans so?
48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. When God turns loose blessings, they are not restricted. They are turned loose and made available for everyone. It sounds like a different subject, but it is a principle that I want us to see. If you only have faith when everything is going well, what reward have you? It is when everything is not going well, that your faith is most important.
Love those who don’t love you. When there is nothing in the natural to love, love anyway. When there is no evidence of something to believe in, believe anyway. Hold and maintain your faith! Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised. Hebrews 10:23. Believing doesn’t mean much until you believe when there is no evidence. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1. If you are looking for evidence in what you can see, then that is not faith. Your faith is the evidence when there is nothing else to support it.
Luke 18:1-5 And He (Jesus) spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought
always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
This judge had no respect for anyone, not even for God. The verb “coming” is imperfect meaning a continuous action – she kept coming. She kept coming to the judge, saying, “Avenge me of my adversary.” The judge said he didn’t fear God or man, but this woman is troubling him by her continual coming.
Luke 18:6-7 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge says.
7 And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?
God is giving us a principle of persistence here. Will the circumstances cause us to stop? Will we be persistent? I think many times the Lord holds back the answer in order to get us to reach a place of intensity.
Luke 18:8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall He find (the) faith on the earth?
The Greek has the article “the” in front of faith, not just any faith but will He find “the faith” on the earth. I take “the faith” to not be just any faith we have, because our faith is usually mixed with our human nature and it tends to waver. It tends to need circumstances and situations to enforce it, but the faith of the Lord is different and it is His faith that we need. We need His “the faith,” His persistent faith operating in us.
How do we get into the next level when God seems to be an unjust judge? We do like the widow woman did. We determine to believe when there is no evidence. We ask, and keep on asking. We seek, and keep on seeking; we knock, and keep on knocking (Luke 11:9). Faith is strongest when there is no evidence.
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