City of Detroit, no matter how good it was, how great we felt, no matter how great the heights we achieved or how great the satisfaction that we experienced when we overcame the numerous obstacles that we’ve met, know one thing for sure (well, actually two things): we CAN”T turn back the hands of time and its not over yet.
Surely we have all sat alone reminiscing of times gone by. How great we felt when we were at the peak of our faith. Those moments are etched deep within our souls never to be forgotten. If we could end the story, it would have been on that height of faith, our level of belief being unparalleled, entering into life eternal. . . .with a BANG!
For some, we never really recover when we can’t turn back the hands of time. We can’t go on with things being the “way there are NOW.” Why can’t things be the way they were then, when I first experienced the satisfaction of being truly fulfilled? Having all my spiritual and natural needs met? Moreover, where is the guy who made this all possible?
Others proclaim that we can somehow go back and recapture the grandeur and newness of things from the beginning.
Well, the purpose of this article is to focus us on the real issue: the importance of keeping the faith.
God gave us the components of His Kingdom and His Righteousness: The Word of God, our hearts and a vision. All three of these components when mixed with the catalyst (that being our faith), creates an exit out of yesterday, comforts us by softening the impact of the cares or worries of getting through today and opens the entrance of the gates of the Kingdom of God in our hearts.
To start us out (and to end this particular introduction) we leave you with this passage to examine and consider:
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. . . Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD OF GOD. .so that things which are seen were not made of things which do (now) appear. By faith Able offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. . Hebrews 11: 1,3-4.
Faith is the clue (or the glue) which is the CONSTANT: it (our faith) is the essential material or component of those things we can’t get by turning back the hands of time or simply being unable to go on. So the scripture is true: “so that things which are seen (and hoped for) were/are not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11: 3. This simply means you can’t change what you see today into what we loved about yesterday. . . . Faith in God creates the entrance to “a better: “
Hebrews 11:13-16 (King James Version)
13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
(to be continued. . .) Please read the next article: City of Detroit: know the importance of our faith (conclusion). God bless you.