After finishing a four-game series in Chicago on Saturday night, I left the ballpark around 11pm only to wake up at 3:30am the following morning to catch a flight to Orlando.
With only a few hours of sleep, I sit on a dark plane at dawn surrounded by my teammates. It’s in this quiet place that The Lord meets me.
I open up my Bible to Hebrews 11, & verse 1 jumps out at me.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things unseen.”
The words assurance & conviction seem to leap off of the page & straight into my heart:
Assurance is being sure of something without doubt.
Conviction is being so certain of something that it completely alters the way you live.
I’ll be the first to admit that being convicted of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is not easy when you only focus on what is seen. A life following Christ takes faith.
And I confess that I don’t always see the good in every situation and circumstance that comes my way. Whether it’s something small like my last error on the field or something much bigger like my mom’s cancer, we are so quick to question God and His goodness in our lives.
Being able to trust God through trials & times of uncertainties takes the kind of faith that is being sure of our hope and promise in Jesus Christ and being certain in our God who, though we can’t physically see, has a perfect plan for our lives.
My challenge for us today is that while we may not be able to see God, we can most certainly feel His presence.
I wish words could explain the joy I had this morning on the flight. As worship music played loudly through my headphones, I could not even contain my hands raised to Praise my God because of His surrounding presence that filled me! It’s a good thing everyone else was sleeping… I’m sure on the outside I must have looked strange!
My point is this: God is not only beside us, in front of us, and behind us. HE IS INSIDE OF US. When you accept Jesus Christ into your heart and surrender your life to Him, you inherit the gift of the Holy Spirit that not only seals your place in heaven and your salvation, but also paves the way for an open, eternal relationship with our Heavenly Father.
The person of the Holy Spirit is ALIVE and at work INSIDE of me.
The power of Jesus who overcame the power of death is INSIDE of me.
Does this not change everything?
Romans 8:28 says, “We are more than conquerors through Him who gives us strength.”
We are more than conquerors, because Jesus was victorious.
In times of adversity, we must trust the unseen. The power of Jesus is strong enough to overcome even the toughest of trails, and still strong enough to overcome the littlest of them.
He is alive and at work in us. If you struggle with the unseen, only ask God to reveal His presence to you. I promise that He will. For God rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) Have faith that He is a Faithful God who follows through with His promises. Let His peace be present in you.
Jesus says in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you might have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”
Jesus has overcome. Now we too are conquerors.
1 John 5:4-5 says, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–OUR FAITH. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who BELIEVES that Jesus is the Son of God?”
That, my friends, is truth. Our faith in Jesus brings us to victory. Victory far greater than any Championship Title.