Rhapsody of Realities For Today 1 January 2023
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TOPIC FOR TODAY IS FOCUS ON THE ESSENCE NOT THE PROCESS
Scripture: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report (Hebrews 11:1-2).
I’ve often said that there’s no better definition of faith than what we have in Hebrews 11:1. It says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of unseen realities. That means faith is the essence of hope. Therefore, in acting your faith, your focus shouldn’t be on the medium or process; what matters is the source. Faith is the essence, not the process.
The Bible says about Abraham: being not weak in faith, he considered not his body now dead, neither the deadness of Sarah’s womb, but he was strong in faith—in the essence. Hallelujah! Abraham’s focus wasn’t on how the baby Isaac would come but on God from whom he’d come, for God had given him His Word of promise and he counted God faithful to His Word. He saw the baby with the eyes of faith.
Today, what are you seeing? What has your faith pictured? What has your spirit taken a hold of? Hold on to the picture that you want and refuse to worry about how it’ll navigate to you! Don’t think, “Who does God have over there to make this or that happen for me? How am I going to get the money for this project?” No! Your part is to stay focused on Him; stay your heart and your mind on what you want. Your hope shouldn’t be on someone helping you with the money but on God—your source.
Every so often, make bold faith proclamations and refuse contrary signs, feelings or fears, giving glory to God! Remember, what you see is what you get. The Bible says Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but he was strong in faith, giving glory to God. He held on to the picture, because when you look away, it dissipates. But when you look at it, you see it in action, and it manifests.
It makes no difference the kind of odds they say are against you. It doesn’t matter the troubles that you face; can you see the picture of your glorious life? Can you see the picture of the greater, successful, triumphant and excellent you? That’s what’s important. Hold on to it.
RHAPSODY OF REALITIES FOR TODAY PRAYER
Dear Father, you’ve set eternity in my heart. I have an extraordinary capacity to contemplate, envision or see pictures of possibilities and the glorious life you’ve called me to live. By the Spirit, I comprehend the immeasurable, unlimited and surpassing greatness of your power at work in me. My faith is alive, producing results always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 11:1-3 TPT; Genesis 13:14-15
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 1; Genesis 1-2
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 1:1-14; Genesis 1