I know that these things are not easy to see at first, they are described as a mystery and hidden…
Col 2:2 … to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
The treasures are not hidden in God’s manifest and wonderful Presence (which I have experienced and I love and enjoy). They are not hidden in the Holy Spirit. They are hidden in the Person, the perfect walk, the finished work of His cross and in His resurrection – in Jesus Christ!
So how do we comprehend the mystery and see past the hidden-ness? We simply remove the clutter and the post-it notes and return to the simplicity of the gospel, of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Here is my “cheat sheet” or “crib notes” on shortcuts to greater faith…
- We avoid reading the law
- We focus on Jesus Christ, Him crucified and resurrected
- We behold His day of glory on the cross
These three things can be seen in these verses of scripture…
2Co 3:14-18 But For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Why do I say that Jesus Christ was glorified on the cross? Because He said it himself…
Joh 12:23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
As you focus and maintain a focus on His glory – learning to see the glory in the cross – your experience of the power outflowing from that event will increase. Faith is a substance that builds up around you, we often hear it called “the anointing of God”.
Let me share a story from Heidi and Rolland Baker’s book “The hungry always get fed”. This story perfectly illustrates how a person’s ongoing faith can build up and affect the world around them.
While I was in hospital, Jesus took the opportunity to reach our to the spiritually malnourished around me… I talked to him about Jesus and the presence of God filled the room. As time went on, God’s Presence got thicker and thicker in my room, until eventually, the ladies who came in to change my sheets wouldn’t leave. They wanted to stay in my room and they just kept weeping.
Often at 4:00am in the morning I wouldn find myself praying for hospital staff because there was a constant line of them continually coming into my room! They would say to me “There’s so much life in this room!”. – From Heidi and Rolland Baker’s book “The hungry always get fed”
What a wonderful testimony and what a good example of how the powerfully strong faith of Heidi Baker built up an anointing and God’s Presence in her room. People didn’t want to leave. Lives were affected.
I pray that you’d see how vital it is that you behold His glory, behold His work on the cross, behold His nature, character, choices… the way He sacrificed Himself for us all. As you do this, you are changed into His image, from glory to glory as 2Co 3:18 says. As you do this, the world around you will be manifestly and materially affected by your increasing measure of faith.
Remember the circle which seemed hidden, allowing other shapes to overlap it and partially hide it? Now let’s think of that humble circle (which was hidden amongst all the shapes) as a door.
The bible says that it is “hidden” and also says that we must “strive” to go through it….
Luk 13:20-22 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.” He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.
Luk 13:23-24 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
So… declutter your faith, discard all else as “useless” and focus on Christ and Him crucified – and also focus on the power outflowing from His resurrection.
Let me say again that being in the Presence of God Himself is wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Experiencing Heaven is wonderful. Knowing all the verses and numbers of scripture is wonderful. But if it doesn’t reveal what Jesus Christ did for you, me and the world on the cross, then it is just a distraction, because it’s not building an overcoming faith within you in Jesus-as-the-promised-Christ.
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