~Belief is Essential~
Early in ministry, I always wondered why so many ran from or lacked understanding the call into ministry (i.e. call of GOD); there was a time, I too was partaker. My understanding blinded but in the time of life and over my years of service, it became evident to me that as a people and nation we slowly turned our focus, our attention, our nation, our leaders and our churches…s (buildings) away from GOD. We turned our back and turned our heart away from Him. We lost faith, we stopped encouraging one another and became accusers only carrying around emotions on our sleeves, we stopped seeking Godly knowledge, we have become seekers of worldly knowledge and scientific thinkers, we have become debaters of the Word, we stopped fellowship and being builders of one another in order to find fault with one another: pastor, clergy, bishops, deacons, elders, disciples, ministers, churches & leaders, we have become title seekers, glory hounds and deceivers of ourselves.
We turned our heart away from GOD.
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” Ezekiel 36:36 KJV
We troubled our heart, the stoniness of the world corrupting the very heart given us, we decreased our faith and distanced truth from us then gave away our peace and stopped believing in God because He seemed silent and so far from us. We clogged our ears with cotton, curled our self within everyone else and closed our eyes blindly because our lips were free to speak our thoughts. We tried to out talk, out speak, out live, out love, Our Heavenly Father, Our Creator and in so doing created our own.
Out of vain imagination. We fell and fell hard. Some of us refused to get back up, laying there comfortable. Some would try and kept falling, bringing everyone to our level; ever falling…never focusing.
What will it take? How do we turn? How will we receive the promise of the blessing? Is it automatic salvation? How do we believe in the invisible, untouchable, unreachable? Mark of the high calling? How do we ever measure up to an unmeasureable GOD?
Now for those of you in tears right now, for those of you whom this Word is speaking too…JESUS says these words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV. and Jesus continues to say,
” Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:10-14 KJV
Belief is essential. Belief is essential. Belief is essential.