Faith is not an emotional feeling, but it is an “Attitude!”

Dear Saints of the Living God, Grace and Mercy to you and your family!

The verse the Lord has ministered to me over the last couple of days is one of the most quoted verses in the evangelical circles..

Philippians 1:21 says,  “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.

In other words, Paul is saying – “Christ is life”.   Here is Paul,  not in best of the situations, in prison – locked up, beaten… But he is in high spirits in the Lord and saying, I live, because Jesus Christ is alive in me.   When Christ lives in us, we become a better person, a better father, a better businessman… when His life starts to flowing in our life, we become a better servant, we become a better leader…

There are moments in my life, where I feel like, the relationship with Christ is not in a great place… and I am sure many of us feel like that from time to time.   But the moment we draw near Him,  He draws near to us… in the song of Solomon, chapter 2, when Solomon thinks of His beloved, he writes, “Behold, he comes Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills.”  You know for what?  To see His lover… that’s right, He is the lover of our soul, and restoration is assured, when we turn our hearts towards Him.

Last week, I was in Dayton – and there were several moments that were so beautiful… but one thing, that I can say with assurance is, that I was very close to my Christ… Nothing seemed difficult, but I knew, greater is He, that is in me, than he that is in this world.  What God made me realize is,  “Faith” is not an emotional feeling, but it is an attitude!   I can understand why Paul felt that way in that prison, when nothing was going in his favor… He knew, His Christ is alive in him.    His Mercy triumphs over our shortcoming, when our lives is centered around Christ…

“To die is gain”,  here Paul is not saying, hurry up and die… but instead if we only live in this world and get our eyes off of Christ, then this world can  be a discouraging place, even this Christianity that we believe will become a burden.   When we die, we are going to be more alive than ever before – in the presence of Holy, Matchless, Marvelous, unparalleled, indescribable, unchanging, Mighty, Magnificent Father , that’s our eternal hope.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am here to encourage you this morning, if you are in a place, distanced from Christ, today is day and now is the time to draw near… He is waiting and watching over…   when we source our energy from Christ, who lives in us… there is no mountain that is too big… no sea, that is longer or wider… and no wall that is has a strength to stand on…

May the Good Lord Bless you!