This morning, after hearing some devastating news about a believer over the weekend, my spirit cried out to God. I needed a reprieve from the taint of evil that spreads across this world, blinding the minds of those in authority. Here’s where I found my reprieve.
“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (the Devil) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-7
Are you feeling lighter yet?
Here’s why I say this. We can look at the news, the media, the Drudge Report all day long and learn of every horrible thing happening in the world around us even to other Christians doing harm…
Or we can look at what would have saved them and will deliver us.
What you look at is what you become.
“Oh Terri! What a stupid and over generalized statement! How could you say something that outrageous? I’m a discerning adult, I know not to get tricked up into fictional characters and I can separate myself from the fray.”
Sure. Okay. If that is true, let’s do a quick test. If the world blinds the minds of men and hides the gospel of light, as the verse says above with the final goal of unbelief, and the opposite of that is believing in the one true God, which causes signs, wonders, deliverance, healing, power and liberty. Let’s do a healing together. Let’s allow the signs and wonders to follow us as Mark 16:17 says signs and wonders follow them that believe. If this doesn’t happen, unbelief is present in the situation somewhere.
Unbelief sucks power from a believer like cool water off the baked hot floor of the Sahara desert. Unbelief is our enemy. It is continually underestimated and virulent. There is only one way to overcome it.
It starts with the literal translation of this verse.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Here is the literal translation according to usage.
“What you look at you become changed into, the same image one glory reflecting another glory coming from the Lord who is Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:18
We humans are but reflections of our spiritual pursuits.
If we follow after God, we become more loving because God is Love. If we follow after doom and gloom we become more gloomy and more absorbed by the darkness around us. Here’s the trick of the devil’s, he convinces people they are victims of their circumstances and not able to overcome the pain of that victim-hood. That’s a trick because they then don’t realize that unbelief has now become a spiritual pursuit. Once a believer is disarmed of their believing they are like a wounded elk surrounded by wolves fighting for its life. Nothing good can come of it. We must receive the Word of God or we stay in that dark night waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. But…
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,” Ephesians 5:1-2a
“Followers” is the Greek word “mimētēs” which means to mimic or copy. We get the English word “mime” from this word.
Here is our task.
“The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-20
This is the acceptable year of the Lord! We were given this ministry of reconciliation and reconnection. We must be believing believers!
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” Mark 5:36
Who did Jesus say this to? The ruler of the synagogue right. That must mean that just because someone sits in a seat of authority does not mean they believe.
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23
It is my belief that there are far more of the anonymous prophets, evangelists, apostles, believers and pastors doing the heavy lifting of God’s work through their daily believing and ministry than famous Christians doing it. Yet the world and the devil point to these famous Christians with their ridicule and judgement when their unbelief becomes evident.
The Word of God produces results, all else produces consequences. What are we reading? What music are we listening to? Are these parasitic habits slowly robbing us of our power and our believing? Are we allowing the Word of God and our believing to grow us more like Christ?
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:18
Tomorrow we’ll talk about being a believing believer no matter your station in life.
God bless you today.