Journal Ps 137-138 (all references are from the ESV; changes in punctuation are mine)
Scripture: “On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” (Hebrew translation: “You made me bold in my soul with strength…) Ps 138:3
Observation: Do I really sense or have a sensation of what the Psalmist writes, or is it one of those “faith without seeing” things…
Application: I remember sensations of God strengthening my soul.
My heart felt like it was bursting out of my chest; my faith increased exponentially; my eyes were exceptionally clear and my ears sensitive to his every breath.
Boldness in Christ was physically felt, not just in “faith.”
It was different than, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1) It was more along the line of what is inferred in Acts about Peter: “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed (the crowd)…” (Acts 2:14). Nothing preconceived nor arranged, but Peter, full of courage and palatable faith, spoke for the Disciples about Jesus.
Another example concerning the beggar at the portico, “And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And [the beggar] fixed his attention on them (as if) expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, ‘I have no silver nor gold, but what I do have I give to you—in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’” (Acts 3:4-6)
Peter and John, going about their habitual, daily business to the Temple, was ready to be directed by the Holy Spirit to heal the blind man. They were primed, not looking for a miracle opportunity, but ready for one just the same. How and why?
It is a good question. Outside of being studied up, prayed up, etc., what is/are the next point(s) that ignites physical manifestations of faith like healing, miracles, evangelism, and other expressions of the Spirit?
When I call, am I expecting Him to answer?
Prayer: Lord, I want my heart to burst in faith like in the time of John and I, praying expectantly for a prophetic word prior to Sunday meetings. I don’t remember always getting a word, but we searched hard.
Today, I pray wistfully, longingly, contemplatively. I remember your Word. I study and review your Doctrines. I attempt to actively apply your Word in the simplest ways—must walk before running, right?
Expand my heart, O God.
Ricky Two Shoes