God Is a Spirit
"God is a Spirit." (John 4:24a)
Have you ever seen the wind? Probably not! If someone asked you to describe the wind, you would not be able to tell its shape or color. You would only be able to tell what the wind does – it makes tree limbs sway, causes waves to swell, howls in the night, and cools you down on a hot sunny days. In the same way, you could not describe what God looks like, because God is a spirit.
A spirit is invisible. That means a spirit does not have a body or a form that you can see with your eyes. In the world, there are spiritual things and material things. Material things are things you can see and touch. You see material things every day: cars, your computer screen, your clothes, your nose, the sun, and your schoolbooks are all material things. You know they are real because your five senses show them to you. You can see a cell phone. You can hear it ring. You can touch your book. You can taste your mom's homemade cooking. You can smell your dad's dirty feet.
But just because you cannot sense something does not mean it is not real. Spiritual things are the supernatural things that you cannot sense with your five natural senses. It takes faith to believe that spiritual things are there. You might be are tempted to think that just because you can't see something it cannot be real. But the Bible says very clearly that even though you cannot see God, He is real.
By faith, you can believe that God is real even though you cannot see Him. By faith, you can know for sure that the God who is a Spirit is the same God who does everything. By faith, you can sense spiritual things – not with your five senses, but with spiritual understanding. You can know in your heart that God is who He says He is, even if you cannot see Him for yourself. You can genuinely love Him and live your life before Him, knowing that He is always near and that He is worthy of your trust and your obedience. God expects you to rely by faith on the truth of the Bible. God's desire is for you to be even more sure about Him than you are about the material things you can see or feel.
God expects you to believe what He says about who He is, no matter what your five material senses tells you.
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Truth In Real Life
“Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying.”
Edward McKendree Bounds’ name would become a name very famously associated with the topic of prayer. However, he would never become well-known during his lifetime. He would not find out until heaven just how much his books would influence Christians all around the world.
“E. M.” Bounds, as he was called, was born on August 15, 1835, in Shelby County, Missouri. From a young age he studied the Bible and talked to God in prayer. He went to a public school, and by age 21, he was becoming a respected lawyer. At age 24, he changed professions and became a preacher. He began preaching during the time of the Civil War when many Americans were feeling scared and sad. Bounds served as a chaplain on the front lines of the Confederate Army. In 1861, he was placed in a war prison for a year and a half because he failed to take an oath for the government.
No matter what trials he went through, E.M. Bounds talked to God every day. Every morning, Bounds would get out of bed and pray for three hours before beginning his day. He would talk to God from 4am-7am, and then he would begin writing.
During the last seventeen years of his life, Bounds wrote some of history’s most helpful books on the topic of Christian prayer. His book Power Through Prayer is often called “the greatest book on prayer ever written.” For nearly one century, Bounds’ books have been considered classic works – encouraging Christians everywhere to talk to their heavenly Father. It was said that Bounds prayed as often and as easily as he breathed. Right before he died, he wrote these words: “When He is ready, I am ready; I long to taste the joys of the heavenlies.”
Do you long to fellowship with God in prayer? When was the last time you really talked to Him?
Psalm 55:17 – Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.