Recently, I was walking along when a thought suddenly came out of nowhere:
GOD is real. Everything else is just temporary.
This is a powerful thought. GOD, although we cannot see Him in the natural, is REAL. And eternal. Pondering this will help us to reassess the value of everything else. For if GOD is the standard, everything else pales into relative insignificance. That’s good to recognise in that I can learn to take myself a lot less seriously. It is good too, because it can help us all to put our priorities in order.
What is real? How do we know what’s real?
I think humanity usually assesses something as real by whether we can taste, smell, see, embrace or hear it.
And yet, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) So I ask myself “Is believing in something the equivalent to bringing it into existence?”
No, that’s the cultural marxist strategy to distort reality; the philosophy pinches a truth and warps it to suit its anti-establishment agenda. No, simply believing in anything doesn’t make it real (except perhaps in the mind of the one who believes it). But believing in & having faith in GOD is what brings substance to our relationship with Him and that is the first step to living in His reality. Faith enables us to understand what we read in the Bible, and to embrace Him and grow as a child of GOD.
What is reality?
What exists in the natural realm is not the full extent of reality. Rather, there are two kinds of reality: the physical and the eternal.
The physically real is that which is tangible — that which we can test as physically real. In the case of Jesus’ resurrection, there were hundreds of witnesses that saw, even touched Jesus after he rose from the dead (assuming the reader trusts historical documented accounts) and that physical reality of the resurrected Jesus is vital to the Gospel. GOD recognises that physical reality whilst on earth is important. BUT…
Earth is temporary — GOD is eternal
I want to put my focus on GOD’s reality.
GOD’s reality is harder to prove using scientific testing, but when you know it’s real particularly based on your own journey, ie your life experience with Him, the earthly, temporal existence we live and experience becomes less significant. Perhaps that’s why testimony is so powerful. In testimony, we demonstrate how our physical reality has met with eternal reality.
Revelation 1:8 states,
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
That which is permanent, eternal — is what is real, powerful and true. We live in a temporal world but when we move to GOD’s heaven, we will see the reality of truth and permanence.
When we dwell on this, the earthly things melt into insignificance. Jesus said we need not worry, GOD provides (Matthew 6). When we walk in GOD’s reality, we walk in His provision and abundance, knowing our needs will be met.
When we dwell on this, our character begins to grow. Fear gives way to love; doubt gives way to hope; anxiety gives way to the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, patience, self control.
I’ve presented a more in-depth piece about What is Reality on Revelation TV and if I may, I’d like to direct you to it….. To ponder this to see if it does not help you to overcome the concerns of this world and to draw you closer to Him.
Reality is not what we make it. Reality is not only what we can see and touch. Reality is on two plains: the physical and the eternal. The more we live in GOD’s eternal reality whilst acknowledging our physical state on earth, the closer we can trust, surrender, follow Jesus to our ultimate goal of becoming more like Him and abiding in Him.
Let’s meditate on these things
From John 15,
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”