What exactly is faith? According to the bible it is, “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” (Hebrews 11:1 AMP) In the AMP Classified Edition it states, “being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality.” The bible is also clear that, “So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective].” (James 4:17 AMP) It is safe to say that our Summer Ray project has many works to back up our faith. In February, we are starting our 14th year and there is no way that could have happened without faith. Faith with works, guarantees God will do exactly what we are asking of Him. Why? Because we have put into motion His spiritual law. A lot of people quit before what they have asked for manifests. That isn’t God’s fault. He is the one who takes care of the timing. The simple fact that we are starting our 14th year, is proof that our faith not only has works, but it also continues to work – without the physical manifestation of our funding. It’s not easy! But when the Israelites were stuck between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army, if they turned back to Egypt, many would have most likely died along the way and they would have found themselves back to slavery. But with the Red Sea in front of them, they had no where else to go except forward to drown. The choices and the odds were pretty horrific.
“The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.” Exodus 14:15-16 ESV
“and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest),the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away.” Joshua 3:15-16 ESV
The Israelites had to move forward into the sea; the priests had to step into water that was overflowing its banks.
That is pretty scary. We are told to stay away from water that is overflowing and here God sent them right to into it. But that is where the miracles were. Because once Moses lifted up his staff, the sea began to part. Once the priests touched the water, it began to rise up in a heap. We have to keep moving forward…period! There is no way to turn back now. We just have to keep doing what we need to do. In 2023, we are expanding our film festival entries; more book signings; a whole lot more marketing and film funding searching. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NIV) We will keep asking, until what we need is given to us. We will keep searching, until we find what we need and we will keep knocking on the doors that we need to open. It’s a no brainer! I have to rise above the discouraging and defeating thoughts. I have to trust that God’s timing will be perfect. I had no idea what a Proof of Concept video was several years ago, when we filmed some of those scenes that are in it now. But it came together and it was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Just imagine the real pilot. Wow! Just Wow! The Walls of Jericho are staring us in the face and we have to be on the other side of it. This means the walls have to be knocked down, or we will have to climb over them. But either way, we are getting through them and we will get our funding. I will tell you why. It is because God is faithful! Our faith has divinely guaranteed our success!!!
Happy New Year,