REFLECTIVE FAITH in the Kingdom of God–Part V

Reflection on the River Walk
 
Acts 3:16  “And by His name, through and by faith in His name, has made this man whom you see and recognize well and strong. [Yes] the faith which is through and by Him [Jesus] has given the man this perfect soundness [of body] before all of you.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What does the word REFLECTIVE bring you to mind?  The picture of the San Antonio River Walk last November, brings back many wonderful experiences. That’s one of the great things about bringing a digital camera along with you when you take a trip. You can talk about what you did, what you saw, what you ate, the people you met. Your entire mind becomes focused on the pictures reflective value and on the events you experienced. In the picture above, Reflection on the River Walk, I see a restaurant with its heat lamps standing tall, the bridge that Dianne and I crossed over to the side of the river, the outdoor patio umbrellas in the background, the trees being mirrored in the water. The word “REFLECT”, in The New Roger’s Thesaurus in Dictionary Form by Norman Lewis, means “To think, to cogitate, deliberate, contemplate (THOUGHT);  imitate, simulate, copy, mirror (IMITATION);  revert, reverse, turn back (TURNING).”
 
How many times do we forget what God has done for us in health and sickness, times of difficulty and ‘doing without’? Maybe if would could take a picture with our cameras it might help. When I hit a ‘bump’ in ‘the road of life’ my mental reflection seems to be clouded by the troubles I am experiencing right now. Then I think, I contemplate, I turn back to the times of unemployment, the times of lack, and how our FAITH in God brought us out every time. I reflect back to those times, even when I am in need today.  In Acts 3:12 Peter is asked the people, “why are you so surprised and wondering” that this man who was a cripple all his life now walks? He wants these same people who were so amazed and bewildered at what just happened, to reflect in who Jesus is (verses 13-15).  And then in verse 16, Peter says what it takes to have “A Right Now Kind of FAITH in the Kingdom of God” experience.  Acts 3:16  “And His name, through and by FAITH in His name, has made this man strong…”  Think about what you know and understand and the action taken by this man in his FAITH. You must come to God with your body, mind and soul before FAITH can  be seen in God’s kingdom on earth. “FAITH is a practical expression of the confidence in God and in His Word.” That is what Peter was trying to explain to the masses.
 
Hebrews 11:6 says,  “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exist and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him [out].”
 
See if you can pick up the “clues” given in Hebrews, on what is “pleasing” and “satisfactory” to God.
 
He that comes to God in FAITH must or is required to…
     
1.  Believe He is God and a “rewarder”.
     
2.  If I don’t believe God is a “rewarder”, then I can’t confirm that He is!
   
3.  Rewards have to be earned by diligently seeking Him.
 
“Seeking Him [out]” means to search and research.  Seek Him in His Word!
 
A  “Diligent seeker according to Scripture, receives a 100 fold instead of 30 fold.  When you plant a seed, it first goes in the opposite direction. The seed needs security and it thus becomes grounded. When it is rooted, it peeks through the ground. We, like the seed need to be rooted and grounded in love. If not, then the fruit of our FAITH and everything else we attempt will fail.
The name “Peter” means “fragmented rock“. The Rock is God’s Word and when Peter answered Jesus’ question, “But who do you say I am?” Peter had received the Word from the Father; the Word is theRock” and the church is built on theRock“,the Word of God. If your church is not being built on the Rock, it becomes like the SEED that is not grounded. And if your church is not grounded on the Word, it will never take root and produce the fruit required and fail.  BUT it starts first with a SEED. You are that SEED!
 
I want to leave you with a verse in God’s Word, something to reflect upon in your faithfulness. Turn once more to the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10.
 
Verses 35-36 say,  “DO NOT, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.  For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will [the Word] of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.”
 
Have FAITH in God’s Word and never fling your confidence away. REFLECT always in what God has already done for you.
 
“JESUS loves me this I know,  For the Bible tells me so…”