|"Our beautiful God is but a breath away."|
DO WE THINK it's harder to hear from God than it is to hear the enemy? We readily accept the devil's voice in the fear, strife, and anxiety in our mind. He's the aches and pains of our daily living. But the living God who died for us is ethereal and far above us and difficult to fathom.
This is not what the Word says. Our loving Father sent His Son as Messiah to reveal the mystery of who He is and His plan for men. The plan, Ephesians says, was secret from the beginning of time. 1 Peter says the prophets of the Old Covenant wanted to know of it, and those of great faith mentioned in Hebrews 11.
Yet He chose to reveal it to us. He showed us the magnitude of who He is in the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to reveal the Father and to send us another Comforter, the sweet Holy Spirit. He told His disciple Phillip, “If you've seen me, you've seen the Father.” He bid His disciples to receive the Holy Spirit.
He didn't stop there. He revealed the works of the enemy. In His lifetime on earth, He showed Satan to be the father of lies, the thief who come to steal, kill, and destroy, and the wolf who scatters the sheep. He revealed Him in His victory over death, hell, and the grave. He triumphed over the devil and all His works, having already given His power and authority to the church.
No weapon formed against us shall prosper. Against these disciples of His and those who shall follow the gates of hell shall not prevail.
Our beautiful God is but a breath away. As the song says, as close as the mention of His name. He lives in us and has promised He will never leave us or forsake us. He longs to hear our prayers and is as effective at listening and answering as the devil is at spinning lies in our ears. As easy as it seems it is to fall prey to His deception, our God is that willing and more than able to deliver us from evil.
But more than that, He is as quick to guard our hearts, to protect and preserve our souls, and to keep our bodies from accidents, sickness, and disease. As great as His love is, to lay Himself down to death and to raise Himself up to life, how much more will He do to those who rely on Him?
Much more. Far over and exceeding than we could ever ask or dream.
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11)
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13)
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” (Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG)
Suzanne D. Williams, Author