September 10 Internalizing Truth

scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 15:44–49
key verse: Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The reality of our physical existence is undeniable. Each day we awaken to a world that is filled with pain and joy, clouds and sun, failure and success, problems and opportunities. One of the greatest troubles we have with internalizing the freedom that comes from God’s truth is comprehending the reality of the spiritual world.

We know our problems are real. Cancer makes us sick. Our work makes us angry. The checkbook is in the red. Our relatives shun us. Our children rebel. Comprehending the reality of the spiritual world and how it can affect our problems is the real test.

Listen to the insight of A. W. Tozer offered in The Pursuit of God:

Our trouble is that we have established bad thought habits. We habitually think of the visible world as real and doubt the reality of any other.

We do not deny the existence of the spiritual world, but we doubt that it is real in the accepted meaning of the word.

The world of sense intrudes upon our attention day and night for the world of our lifetime. The world of sense triumphs. The visible becomes the enemy of the invisible; the temporal, of the eternal.

Help me internalize Your truth, dear Lord. I reject the negative thoughts that plague my mind. Fill me with the truth that sets me free. Let me focus on the reality of the spiritual world instead of the fleeting things of the temporal world around me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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