The prophet Elisha knew how to see the world with a God focus. In 2 Kings 6, the people of God are surrounded by an army and everyone is afraid except for Elisha. When asked why he didn’t fear the enemy army, he said it was because he saw God’s army surrounding the enemy on the hills. God’s angelic army was already on the scene, but Elisha was the only one who could see them because his mind remained focused on God.
Elisha didn’t allow the physical circumstances to define his faith in God. He allowed God to define his faith in God. It is beneficial for us to learn this same principle. Listen as Casey explains how you can see the power of God around you when trouble comes your way.
God is in the business of making things new. He takes sorrow and turns them into joy. He takes weariness and turns it into strength. He’s takes death and turns it into life. He takes old wine and turns it into new wine. The process of Christian growth is compared to the process of making new wine. The process of making new wine involves pressure and time. The best tasting wine is made over a longer period of time with pressure applied.
In a similar way, the process of renewing your life into one that looks more and more like the life Jesus lived will involve tension under pressure. Listen as Casey walks through this idea of growth under pressure.
Faith happens when action follows your belief. You know you have faith in something or someone when you do what you say you believe. In Hebrews chapter 11, you’ll find a glorious family tree. The people mentioned here are ancestors of anyone who places their faith in Jesus. They came before us and set an example of what it means to have faith in God. They were not superheros who never feared, never worried, or never stumbled. Yet, they are remembered for the situations where they paused in the middle of trials and saw past the difficulty and invited God into the moment.
What if fear didn’t run your life? What if faith is for now and not just for then? What if you were ready to do something and not just think about doing it one day? What if you start asking not “What did Jesus do?” but “What would Jesus do if he was here now?” Listen and be inspired as Casey reminds you to let Jesus into every situation at the start so you can be ready for action.