Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Superman Kind of Faith

What kind of faith do you have? Take a peek at my two grandchildren. See the look of wonderment in their eyes? Jack looks as if all he has to is dream and he could take off any minute. Peyton with her arm shields thinks that she can battle any fierce ugly that comes her way. 

"In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one." Ephesians 5:16

They believe. They trust. They wonder. Faith is a journey. It's an arms stretched out and ready to fly kind of faith. It's a I believe everything is possible kind of faith. It can bring us to soar high. Faith can shout to the world or can be quiet in the deep of a moment. 

"Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

Faith takes us from the impossible to the possible. It brings us from despair to peace. Superheros don't walk in fear. They are your normal everyday people who believe in something much greater than themselves. They know their powers are not their own. They do the impossible and the world says, "How did they do that?" 

"Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne." Hebrews 12:1-2

What's your superpower? You walk with a gift. The Holy Spirit moves in us and throughout us. We are never without Him. Where we go He goes. Where He leads we follow. He covers us with protection and fills us with power. 

"In Him we were also made His inheritance, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will, so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory. In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation-in Him when you believed-were sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit." Ephesians 1:11-13

Think your not a superhero? Don't let doubt stand in your way. No matter the circumstance you face today you can walk with your head held high. You have One who goes before you. He has made a way for you. He has given you everything you need for the battle. Your power lies within you. Deep within your soul. Say His name and He is there with you. 

"Now may the God of peace, who brought up from he dead our Lord Jesus-the great Shepherd of the sheep-with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to who be glory forever and ever. Amen." Hebrews 13:20-21

Superheros carry their faith everywhere they go. They know they could be called upon in the next moment to move and use the power given them for the glory of God. They walk in confidence. Not in themselves, but in the One who has called them to be who they are in the world before them.

"Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong. Your every action must be done with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13

Be a superhero today. Have your cape ready and your shields up! Be ready to battle. Be encouraged to love beyond yourself. Be prepared in faith. It is that faith that will carry you through and bring you to a place of unexpected everything.

"Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil." Ephesians 6:10-11
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