Almost 3:00 am here in the Windy City our room on the 37th floor blessed by His grace to sleep much closer tonight to the Father than normal.. you know what I mean!
In awe, full of great reverence while staring at the miles and miles of the beauty of His creations; deeply grasping how much more He the creator even more divinely beautiful.
Still, the sirens are going off every 5 minutes screaming throughout the city, still this city not totally asleep 💤 wondering if it will ever get to be..
God Father I call unto You to hear my prayers 🙏🏻 proclaiming Your mighty name to be victorious over this City..come and have it Your way, come bring Your Rushing Wind to refresh in peace and love ❤️ this Windy City.. pray like Jesus, hope like Jesus for “everyone” without any conditions without any selfish expectations..it is simply the right thing to do..why waste another day..I know the One who gives Freedom and blesses who calls the Wind and calms the seas and moves the mountains..my King and savior, redeemer..Emmanuel my God forever and ever will be in control in who is in control. Amen!
But the relationship (With the Father) established by creation is of a far greater dependence, so that nothing God has made can exist without His support. Out of human acts it is only music that bears some resemblance to this, for when the voice is silent there is no longer any song.
God, then, is within all creation, because He is its cause. He is within every stone and leaf and child. Nothing, with life or without, evil or good, can fail to contain Him as the source of its energy, its power, its existence; He is “the soul’s soul.” Not only, therefore, must I train myself to see with reverence that everything contains Him, but I must especially realize His intimacy and relationship to myself.
The Abiding Presence of the Holy Ghost in the Soul – BEDE JARRETT, O.P. 1918
Father Abba, please allow me the gift to be faithful to your faith in every single moment that lies ahead, reminding me, not to be philosophic but deeply faithful, understanding who you are and who I am and how our relationship ought to be, who is in charge and who is not, and not to worry about the timeline for this or the timeline for that, rather be humble and be blessed, live, walk, love every second worshiping and counting your blessings, preparing my soul to that day when once and for all, you will allow me to stay in your precious Holy Presence.
Father, keep us Faithful to your Faith, keep us away from being Flawed and Fraud..
All the true Praise & Glory to you.
Faith is the beginning never was designed to be the end!
Does Faith in the Lord means just believing that He is who He says He is, the true I AM? The solo creator of all the seen and unseen, the known and the unknown, our One almighty God who reigns above all, The “Emmanuel” who is always with us commanding us daily to be strong and courageous and to never be dismayed but be His disciples who go out and through His mighty Holy Spirit make disciples.
Then what does faith truly means, how can we obtain it and sustain it, and if it is not just believing in who God says He is, then what?
Faith: According to Wikipedia is defined as confidence or trust in a being, object, living organism, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion. Faith may also refer to a hope or belief, rational or irrational, in a certain outcome. Faith refers to a belief as it is not based on proof.
Faith: According to C.S. Lewis: “We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as “faith”, with the idea that this will somehow insure the granting of our prayer…. The state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense. It is a feat of psychological gymnastics.”
Faith: According to the Bible is believing in what is true, and has two elements:
- Being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, and
- Believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth.
Heb 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ”
Abraham, an Example of Faith
Rom 4:22-25 (Phi) This was the “faith” which was counted unto him for righteousness. Now this counting of faith for righteousness was not recorded simply for Abraham’s credit, but as a divine principle which should apply to us as well. Faith is to be consider as righteousness to us also, who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered to death for our sins and raised again to secure our justification.
Vassilios Papavassiliou – Thirty Steps to Heaven
Faith: Is Step 30 to Heaven, and “is part of the 3 virtues of Christianity, these 3 virtues are (Faith, Hope, Love) are the Holy Trinity to our spiritual life…
Many People do not understand why faith is a virtue, for faith is usually understood as nothing more than “Believing” in something that cannot be proven. But when we speak of faith as Christian virtue, we are speaking of something more specific than this. It is not virtue to believe.. .Unfortunately many think of religious faith in this way. But that kind of faith is far too rudimentary to deserve a place at the top of the ladder of Christian virtues. Faith as “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) is the beginning of Faith, but not its end.
Faith, like hope and love, describes our RELATIONSHIP with God. The reason faith lies at the summit of the ladder is that it both shapes our relationship with Him and, at the same time, is the FRUIT of that relationship. It is therefore better understood as TRUST, FAITHFULNESS, LOYALTY, and DEDICATION. The more we come to KNOW GOD, the more we TRUST in Him and the more we dedicate ourselves to Him. And yet, the greater our faith, the more we GROW in the other virtues. We cannot begin to ascend the ladder without faith, and yet the higher we ascend, the more faith INCREASES”