How to Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

“Whoever clings to Me I will deliver; whoever knows my name, I will set on high. All who call upon Me I will answer; I will be with them in distress; I will deliver them and give them honor. With length of days I will satisfy them and show them my saving power.” Psalm 91:14 I have a friend who is being tormented in the legal system by some people who have lodged untrue charges in court against him. For him, it is a wicked plague, one that requires much expense to defend his reputation and business in court. Everything is at stake, but he presses on, knowing well that Jesus will pave the way to clear the serious, contrived charges, as God’s truth will prevail. A godly man, he trusts that Jesus is paving the way for him and his legal deliverance is at hand.  In his distress, he has called upon the Lord with confidence, believing that “All things work for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” [Romans 8:28] Believing in Jesus’ holy intervention on his behalf, he waits with confidence, but must endure much angst and legal expense before the truth sets him free. As the Bible says, he must “walk by faith, not by sight…” *** Today’s Scripture is about God’s response to our faithfulness. We especially need to cling to Him whenever torrents and torments arise, whenever times get tough. If you don’t turn to God in times of trouble, how can He help you? We as Christians need to call upon the name of Jesus, the name above all names,...

Rejoice on High!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his mercy endures forever. Let Israel say: his mercy endures forever. Let the house of Aaron say, his mercy endures forever. Let those who fear the Lord say, his mercy endures forever.”       Psalm 118 1-4 Time to REJOICE! Today, at 9:00am Easter Mass, the pews were filled and there was standing room only. With brass, string, and bold choir voices, we celebrated our risen Lord who is risen for all of time. Praise God! Having died a cruel death as ransom for our sins, God knows well that we have much to celebrate today as Christ is risen. Hallelujah! And with His rising from the tomb, we rejoice for He IS expiation for our sins, and “by His stripes, we are healed!” No longer must we hold onto our transgressions; rather, we are called to lay them before the Lord to have our offenses blotted out and trust in Jesus’ mercy for us all. With Jesus as our life focus, we are free from the far reaching effects of infirmity, sin and death. No longer can these things destroy our deep, abiding peace. No longer are we free to live by an “eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” With this higher calling imparted to all believers of Jesus, we are able to transcend fear, despair and broken heartedness, and grow in unprecedented trust that all is well as Jesus shoulders our burdens and strife. And it gets better…Jesus is the Almighty Savior, great comforter, the omnipotent healer, King of Kings and Lord of all. Saving us again and again in our daily lives, He imparts in us...