"He that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who seek after Him." Hebrews 11:6...."I do not means some vague belief that there is a God. I mean the conviction that God is: living, present, active.....Do not claim to have faith until you can say, 'I am and I have...because God is.' " Watchman Nee

I have a friend who likes to say that there are times when the only thing you can pray is, "Father, have mercy!" Those three words may be the most powerful prayer we can utter. Life, and the enemy who operates in the midst of it, can so overwhelm us with his attacks through or circumstances that we don't even know how to respond, how to pray. All we can do is cry out for His mercy.....and in His mercy, He moves, and He reveals...Himself.

Before we can pray such a prayer however, we must come to, be, in the place that has settled once and for all this truth, the truth Nee speaks of. We must be completely convinced that God IS! That He is all that He says He is. That He will do all that He says He will do. That He will be to us, all that He says He will be. Someone once said something to the effect, "He lives, and that means endless possibilities." Endless possibilities because He IS the God of "nothing is impossible." When this is the ground that we are standing on, living upon, than no matter how deep the darkness and danger, no matter how fearsome the threat, or the lies of hell are, we live in the full confidence that our God is...able, willing, active....for us!

With all this being true, the question than arises, do we have a personal, living knowledge based on intimacy with Him? Knowledge that is rooted not only in our minds, but our hearts as well? We live in the midst of a fallen world, and being His does not excuse us from having to live with the very real consequences of that. As Jesus said, in this fallen world we will have tribulation....At times, perhaps many times, intense tribulation. Yet He has overcome that world and all its power on the cross and in His resurrection. He IS Victory. Therefor in Him, we live in victory.

Paul said in Ephesians 3:14, "When I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father." He worships Him. He worships Him because as he contemplates the endless wonder of who his God is, it's the only response he can have. In a dank prison cell, chained to his guards, Paul is overwhelmed not by the cell, the guards, or his circumstances. He is overwhelmed by who His God is. Are we?

If the enemy, working in and through this fallen world you find yourself in today, is closing in on you, dare you dwell on just who your God is in the midst of it? Yes, we may cry out for mercy, and He will give it. In that mercy I believe He will give us fresh, powerful revelations of who He is. Who He is to us. To you, and to me. The enemy will speak the lie of what he says is. That lie will fall, every time, when we speak in response, the truth of who He is. He is living, He is present, and He is active. He lives. He reigns. He is. He is the great I Am! And because He is, we can face all of our yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. Face them, overcome them, because He is.

Pastor O

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