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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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October 9, 2013 - Faith's Insight

By Jerry D. Scott

Insight is a valuable trait, enjoyed by only a few, but available to all. People with insight see what others cannot see. They peer behind the obvious and discern the realities of the situation. This gift allows them to anticipate what is developing in their world. They then wisely take steps to change course or to prepare for what's ahead.

Sometimes insight comes from long experience with a certain subject. A physician gains insight into the nature of our maladies by learning how to put together symptoms to form conclusions. A counselor learns to see motives, hidden agendas, and unspoken expectations in those she guides.

The Spirit-filled Christian gains insight from a gift God gives: faith! Faith gives an ability to see past the obvious and to align ourselves with God's plans. This allows us to receive God's blessings and be channels of blessing to those around us.

The Bible says that by faith Noah saw the coming judgment of God, a flood unlike anything ever seen on earth, and his insight allowed him to prepare a means of conveying his family to safety.

"By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn't see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God" (Hebrews 11:7, The Message).

Did you note the interplay between God's provision and Noah's responsibility? God showed Noah what was to come, but the choice of obedience belonged to Noah. When Noah acted, "in holy fear" (NIV — the Greek word translated here includes the meanings of being cautious, or acting out of awe or reverence), he brought God's grace to his family and they were saved! The story in Genesis 6-9 tells us Noah obediently built the massive ark; he was sustained by the insight that faith gave to him. He saw the coming judgment, walked with the Spirit, and led his family to salvation.

Are you wisely seeking the insight that comes from the Word and intimacy with the Spirit? Are you willing to say a resounding yes of obedience to God's leading, even when the reward is hidden far from present situations?

Pray for faith to increase. Here's a word from the Word.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see ... And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him ... All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth ... God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect" (Hebrews 11:1,6,13,40, NIV).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.




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