|“It has been rightly said that a little faith will get you to Heaven, but a larger faith will bring heaven to you. Indeed, you will experience heaven in your heart to the degree that you have faith that the Lord is alive, that He’s faithful, that everything is working out exactly as He promised. Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living. So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, ‘Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.’ The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live’; and he himself believed, and all his household.” John 4:51-53
Your faith has to have a basis. When you commit either to the unseen or a future promise, you must have a good reason for doing so; otherwise it is nothing more than wishful thinking. Personal experience plays a strategic role in the Christian life. The nobleman knew that Jesus was his Savior because he experienced the promised deliverance. When Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe,” He was not rebuking, but stating a fact. You must have your own encounter with God that attests to the validity of the Scriptural promises upon which your faith is based. Evidence of Christ’s work in your life, therefore, is foundational to faith. If you don’t experience change, you will question the work of God in your life.
The person who grows up in a Christian home, coming to faith early in life and thus never remembering a time when he has not loved Jesus, must have some basis other than the faith of his parents in order to believe. The experience of Saul of Tarsus, being converted on the road to Damascus, produced assurance that provided an anchor during times of trials. Each of the Patriarchs personally met God. Isaac followed God, not because of his father Abraham, but because he personally met God.
Obviously experience has limits. Jesus is not the Savior because you experienced His salvation. Rather, you experienced His salvation because He is the Savior. Nevertheless, His touch on your life forms the foundation by which you trust His leadership in your life.
Job 30-31 Acts 13:26-52 (New King James Version)
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