Face The Facts; Believe The Truth By Pastor Shari Stephens 0

Many people mistakenly believe that to live by faith means that you must ignore the facts that you are living with. Ignore the sickness in your body, ignore the limitations in your life, ignore the lack of money in your bank account.  These types of “denial” thoughts cause many to not want to live by faith. They make people around us think that believers are a bit “delusional”.

Well, nothing could be further from the truth.  Christ never ask us to deny what the facts are in our circumstances but rather face them with a greater truth.

The Bible tells us in Romans 4:18-21,

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

What does this scripture say to us about the one who is the father of our faith?  It says that he “faced the facts”.  He recognized that even though God had promised him something, the facts said that his body was as good as dead, since he was a hundred and that Sarah womb was dead!  Wow, what a terrible fact of their reality.  Everything seemed to be against God’s promise except one truth, Abraham understood that God had the power to do what he promised!

He understood the truth that God was the Creator and if anyone could reverse the effects of old age, He could.

He understood the truth that if anyone could bring a womb back, God could.

He understood the truth that God was faithful, who had promised.

He understood the truth that if God promised something, surely, He would do it because He can’t lie.

See, God never ask you to deny the facts in your life, that’s is not faith.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen (Heb 1:1 KJV). Faith represents things that are not seen…yet.  Sickness may be there, but the truth is that by His stripes we are healed. Healed, that’s past tense, Jesus was already striped for your healing over 2000 years ago.

Facts are there, it’s what you’re dealing with, it’s what you see.  Truth is higher, it’s unmovable, it’s unchangeable, it may be unseen but it is still truth!  “Truth” is the things and principals of God based on what He said, or what He promised, or what He has done.

Truth always triumphs over facts. Truth always overcomes our realities.  Truth always comes through, if you believe it.

Everything you read in the Bible recorded as miracles are astounding because they defied the facts.

Fact – The woman had an issue of blood for years. Truth – She believed that if she could just touch the hem of his garment, she would be healed.  Truth – She was. (Luke 8:43-48)

Fact – There was a blind man named Bartimaeus. He could not see anything, but he heard Jesus coming and cried out and believed that Jesus could heal him.  Truth – Jesus could heal him.  Truth – He was healed because of his faith. (Mark 10:46-52)

Fact – Lazarus was dead, in the hot Israeli sun for 4 days.  He had been wrapped up and put in a tomb to rot away.  Truth – Jesus could raise him from the dead because He is the Resurrection and the Life.  Truth – Jesus called him and Lazarus had to come back to life! (John 11:38-44)

As you go through your life, don’t be afraid of the facts you have to face.  Look them square in the face and declare, while having faith in, the truth about your circumstances. Face the facts but find the Word of God that triumphs over them.  Find the truth that you can stand on.  Believe in that truth and you will have what you believe.

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