#240 

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Hebrews 11:6.  Walking by faith is to be obedient to the Word of God.  Elsewhere in His Word the LORD said that obedience is better than sacrifice.  A sacrifice is something that is brought as a gift, obedience is an inward condition of the heart that pleases Him more than an outward gift.  To please God the Christian must believe in something that is not seen.  The LORD is spiritually discerned by the inward man (the new man) who sees things that the natural man (the old man) calls foolishness.  Please pause and read 1 Corinthians 2:14.  We are to walk by faith, believing in something that we do not see.  What does it mean to believe?  Simply, giving God credit or respect for being true to His Nature and Character.  God is a Spirit (invisible) and is spiritually discerned by the new man (Jesus Christ).  The natural man is convinced that anything to do with "God" is stupid, foolish, and a waste of time and effort.  Verse 14 says, "neither can he know them". Know what?  The "things" of God! Hebrews 11:6 promises the believer that if he/she will diligently seek Him (diligently and seek are the same word)  he/she will be rewarded.  Diligently and seek are defined as "to know".  If the new man diligently seeks to know and be obedient to something that is not seen but spiritually discerned, it will be rewarded!  

The LORD is ensconced on His Great Throne in Heaven.  He devotedly tries to communicate with man through creation.  Since He is a Spirit (invisible) He must use what is already made to make Himself known.  His communication flows from His Throne, through creation, to individual men and women.  You could say that creation is a great "filter" through which His communication passes.  The natural man sets his eyes on the creation and concludes that God's communication is foolish and stupid.  The old man, most often, is fixated on the filter rather than what is above the filter (The LORD God).  Creation is a tool used to get the believer to look higher and receive a personal communication (letter) from Him.  So often the believer lives with God "on trial" in his heart.  His nature IS LOVE, PEACE, AND PATIENCE!  He wants us to look beyond creation and KNOW HIM so we are not rocked when Lucifer says He doesn't love us.  Our personal situations and events are not us vs creation!  It's all about seeing HIM and how He works; where is His PERSON?  

Man is a 3-fold being; 2/3 of him is eternal.  It is not hard to believe in something not seen; the majority of man has the ability to see Him and how He works.  The pinnacle of spiritual maturity is not trying to figure out how to escape a circumstance and labour to explain creation.  Acknowledging His communication and receiving a personal missive from the LORD is His intent by using creation.  He wants us to KNOW HIS NATURE!