To begin today, we need to review the former articles that were written over the past three days. First up, if you haven’t read Flight test, you probably won’t know what the next two are about. It establishes the reader whom responds properly (in Brittish vernacular) through the tour of the flight line with a brief taxiing out to the runway to request clearance from the tower. Having gained clearance from the tower is an exciting first step. But we could not even take off as of then.
Then we were able to enter ground school. Ground school begins with learning something about the second article, Navigation. Ground school is helpful to bring the pilot candidate into complete understanding of everything he or she needs to know about flying. Of course we are talking spiritual life here, so you may be interested to hear what is being said in my spirit regarding flight. I have just received my spiritual flight wings, and I am authorized spiritually to help you get your spiritual pilot’s licence.
The most recent article, yesterday, was named Fire. I had no idea where it was going when I started, and if it weren’t for the wonderful grace of God that has recently empowered me to do this, I would still be working with fire. But we did make it through that fire. And it turned out to be quite uplifting. Most of us have no idea what the fire of God is. Well he is showing us and you will, I am certain, begin to see where the Lord and I are headed with such a work. Please do review Flight test, Navigation, and Fire.
Expectation is the altimeter on our instrument control panel.
Expectation is defined, in this context, as “The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to occur; prospect of anything good to come, especially of property or rank.” (Wiktionary)
The Bible defines faith as: “. . . the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” (Hebrews 11:1 AMP)
Defining this text we break it down to the originally written inspired language:
1) Pistis is according to Strongs Greek Dictionary of the New Testament; persuasion, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher) especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; constancy in such profession; the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself.
2) Hupostasis (hoop-os’-tas-is) is a setting under, (support); assurance.
3) Elegehos (el’-eng-khos) proof, a conviction.
Putting this together: Pistis (persuasion, credence, moral conviction) is the hupostasis (assurance) of the things we hope for, being the Elegehos (proof) of things we do not see, and the (conviction) of their reality.
Looking to the sky, watching the birds fly, we think, ‘Why oh why can’t I’ (said Dorothy, in Wizard of Oz) We haven’t flown yet. We haven’t even seen anyone fly yet. (And someone is telling us we CAN fly?) To understand just what the future prospects of taking off into the air with good control, reliable wings and plenty of power, will help to bring us into the heavenlies of our spirit.
As a student (trainee) pilot-candidate in the spirit, we are given the faith-believing (trust) to receive all of God’s promises. There are many and they are true — all we have to do is learn of them, learn to apply them personally, and to begin living in them as our ‘promised land’. For truly, God is giving his own people their promised land today. That is the expectation of our church (body of Christian believers) or synagogue (body of Messianic believers) today. And you are now a part of them! (Get used to this!)
As you passed your initial flight test (see the prayer — you had faith to call the tower for clearance), you have received clearance to take off — your new life in the Lord (Adonai) Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah). (I use these parens because our fellowship needs to reach out to faithful Jewish family members as they are still God’s own children, and they too can find their promised land in Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, but in their own Messianic Jewish fellowship.)
The object of being saved (delivered) by faith-believing (trust) is to change your lifestyle. We need to re-learn our world-view, because now it is changed. What that involves is beginning to see things differently and to make choices to order our thoughts to line up with the better rules to live by. New expectations mean to plan to begin looking down instead of up all the time.
Expectation principle one: Elevation is maintained by balancing words of religious truth (promises we hear) with our assurance, proof, and conviction (hopeful reality not seen).
It is the whole deal about learning what a sinner we were and what the Bible calls wicked persons. Once we see ourselves differently as one who has been eternally forgiven by the once-for-all-sacrifice which is given to us, and is reliable, trustworthy, and universal — to be so easily received.
Jesus (Yeshua) died for the whole world’s population. All Christian (Messianic) sects or denominations have taken their charter from our specific biblical mandate that says for them (us) to go to Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth. (There are still unknown tribes of peoples in the world that don’t have a written language and have not yet been reached by civilization.) Maybe you are to be called to go to those primate potential world citizens. Ok, fine. But we have to get you there. How can you go if you cannot have the faith to (fly) get there?
Now we can resume our ground school to include the faith God has given us by a certain measure. (See Shenica Graham’s article called A Measure of Faith, Des Moines Spiritual Living Examiner) Here we are encouraged to think we are given the same initial faith as a seed, even the smallest of seeds. But the parable of the mustard seed is important because it explains somewhat the potential of that seed is exponentially greater than other larger seeds. It has more potential (faith) because of its design to grow larger. So our faith is given according to our purposes.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:18-23)
See the principle of faith here? 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that “if we belong to Christ, we are a new person (NLT), The old life is gone, the new life is begun.” Our faith is in what the Bible says here, not on what we feel like — because feelings cannot produce faith. Only by hearing Christ’s words, do we receive faith. He not only said it, but he has said it to us. And our heart is designed to have already received it. (Romans 10:9,10,17)
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