Faith you can live by…

 

Faith to live by…. 

 

 

 

    Faith is an interesting and vital word in scripture and frequently misunderstood by both our world and by “born again” CHRISTians. It plays a vital role first for my salvation and then takes on an equally important role after I am saved in how I apply it to my service for Jesus.

For salvation;

 


Eph 2:8, 9 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

 

 

For Serving the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Jesus;

Hebrews 10:38 “Now the just (born again) shall live by faith: but if any man drawback, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

 

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Faith requires me to believe and/or step out and perform a deed when I cannot see the One asking me to do so or I cannot see the obstacles or expected results. My flesh would have those things visible to me before I commit to action. The results of my faith are to be totally based on the will of our heavenly Father for my life and not for my personal preferences! That means stepping into the raging waters of life if we are convinced it is God’s will for us and then also accepting the consequences of those actions even when they are not pleasant to my flesh.

So why is that many results of actions I consider to be for God are much different than I would plan or desire? Many times we wonder if our faith is inadequate because the answers to our prayers do not line up with our fleshly desires. It is very importantly to remember;

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

TRUE FAITH

A friend… said, “You were healed by faith.” “Oh, no,” I said, “I was healed by Christ.” What is the difference? There is a great difference. There came a time when even faith seemed to come between me and Jesus. I thought I should have to work up the faith, so I labored to get the faith. At last I thought I had it; that if I put my whole weight upon it, it would hold. I said, when I thought I had got the faith, “Heal me.” I was trusting in myself, in my own heart, in my own faith. I was asking the Lord to do something for me because of something in me, not because of something in Him.

 

–A.B. Simpson

 

 

 

So, this morning if you are convinced that God would have you to perform a certain task go ahead and step into the waters. The rewards are eternal……………

 

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Trials, Troubles, Heartaches and Victory…

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

“Trials, Troubles, Heartaches and Victory”

Little Jessica suddenly became America’s child the day she fell down that narrow shaft in a backyard in Texas. Here was a toddler, wedged nearly upside down, in a shaft far too narrow for a man to navigate, and unable to help herself in any way. It didn’t take long for the press to descend on that little hole in the ground to cover this valiant effort to try to save little Jessica’s life. Pretty soon countless people across the country and around the world were rooting and praying for her life. I was one of them. At first, there appeared to be no way out of this deadly situation, but the rescuers weren’t giving up. They began to build a wider shaft parallel to the one Jessica was trapped in. She’d been in there for nearly three days when a rescuer finally went down that new shaft and through the tunnel they had dug to Jessica. Minutes later – a scene many of us will never forget. In the glare of the press’s massive lights, a battered but breathing little girl emerged from that hole with her arms tightly around her rescuer.

Many times you and I fall into a similar spiritual situation that we see little Jessica in. We are trapped in a spot, in a situation where there does not seem to be any way out. We cannot plan our way out, think our way out, talk our way out or work our way out. Fear can set in or worse yet complacency. Can you recognize those areas of your life when that happens? Or may it even be happening right now? If not, it will sooner or later. At that moment we are facing a situation that is beyond our power to fix or to figure out.

Our usual delivery systems in our life, the people or sources which would usually come
through for us just aren’t doing it. Not this time. And worse yet maybe we have fallen into the trap so often that complacency has set in. We have given up trying to doing it God’s way. Or maybe we even have ourselves convinced that God is not right there with us at every moment and situation in our lives. We feel like there is no way to turn this around. We are at the bottom of the shaft, beyond the reach of any conventional help.

God offers us this comfort in times of trials or troubles;

Matthew 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.”

The snare that entangles us can come from a multitude of directions. One is from satan as he seeks to trip us up. As believers, he can no longer have our souls but he can keep us from serving Jesus.

Ephes. 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Another is from our flesh when we do not flee youthful lusts as II Tim 2:22 reminds us to do. We dabble in them and as James 1 notes that dabbling leads to sin. And Genesis 3 and Romans 6:23 reminds us of the penalty for those sins is spiritual and physical death. If that sin goes unconfessed then complacency and depression set in. And yes, while believers cannot lose their salvation sin can wreck their testimony, their happiness and even affect their family and generations to come. We lie to ourselves when we think we are only affecting ourselves or that God does not see the sin (Psalm 37).

Another are trials sent from God (James 1:2, 3) to help develop us into the servants He desires and hopefully we desire to be. There can be no lasting peace and joy outside of serving Jesus and allowing those trials to mold us. Acceptance offers the peace of God that passes worldly understanding.

Philip. 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Another is the heartache other people bring into our lives. Simply because they may view wrongly the reason for their difficult moments, they may be conformed to the world, their lack of acceptance of trials, their unsaved condition, their lack of accepting God’s trials to mold them; they can make our lives miserable.

Fortunately, God our heavenly Father enters the situation when snares entangle us. And yes, there is a Way out. Psalm 25:15 “My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” If you are facing something for which there seems to be no conceivable solution, then do not give up and crawl into yourself. If you have placed your faith in Jesus and are one of His children then all things do work together in our lives for good and most importantly for His names sakes (Rom 8:28). As a believer the only thing in our life that He cannot be the Author of is sin.

Nobody sees God bigger than those who need Him desperately. That is if they seek Him.
As King David said in this psalm, “Only He” can release you. Isn’t that great? God wants you to believe Him for a solution that will have no human fingerprints on it, only His. It must be Him and Him alone.

  1. W. Tozer said, “The child of God should always be found living in expectation of the divine.”
    And he was right on track. In all things God says to lay our requests before Him and seek His wisdom (Psalm 1:1,2, Mat 6:33, James 1:5,6) If you are at one of those Red Sea moments then the question is, where will you turn?

If God chooses to use humans to deliver His resources to your life, remember it doesn’t come from them. They are but a tool that God uses to direct us.

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.”

Jesus took my Place…

II Cor 5:21a “For He has made Him to be sin for us…”

Jesus took my Place

One day, a man went to visit a church; He got there early, parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver got out and said, “I always park there! You took my place!” The visitor went inside for Sunday school, found an empty seat and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, “That’s my seat! You took my place!” The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.

After Sunday school, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where I always sit! You took my place!” The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still He said nothing. Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars be-came visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, “What happened to you?” The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye, “I took your place.”

II Cor 5:21 “For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Dealing with Stress…

Dealing with Stress!

Did you ever have one of those days when you felt the whole world was against you?
Each of us has those times in our lives and how we deal with them determines our peace of mind in this life. The key to understanding them is recognizing that our God cares for us and wants to be our strength in life and provide us with peace that passes worldly understanding.

Yes, even during and especially during those bad days|||||||||||

Psalm 55:22a “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you;…”

Psalm 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for God to help me, then He listened, and
heard my cry…He lifted me…and set my feet on a hard, firm path and steadied me…He has given me a new song to sing.”

I Pet 5:7 “Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”

And fortunately for us His love is not dependent upon our love for Him.

Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrates His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.”

Have you accepted God’s love?

 John 3:3-16Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” …For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

No Greater Love…

No greater love… John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God’s Wings

An illustration in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God’s wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the infernos damage.

One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.

She could have flown to safety but refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live.

Luke 13:34: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing?”

Don’t be too hard on Jerusalem. For you see we all have that same nasty tendency. How willing would you be??????????

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Psalm 91:14 “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

Recognizing our Spiritual Enemy…

Recognizing the Spiritual Enemy…

One of the best strategies in a war is to camouflage yourself.  Terrorists understand this principle. Satan has very effectively convinced our world that he is not a real enemy and for many that he does not even exist. Ask a few people even those inside of Biblical Christian circles and see how many believe he is real.

I used the word Biblical because one of satan’s lies is that all having the name of Jesus in their church are Biblical Christians which is not true. If you are trusting in Jesus plus your church or plus your baptism or plus anything then you have not placed your faith in Jesus for your salvation and you are not a Biblical Christian. How do I know? Well the word of God says so and I was once in that exact boat. The enemy is good at camouflage and lies.

II Cor 4:3, 4 “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.”

Based on the word of God I submit that he is real and active today and there is a way to fight the war. Our Savior does not leave defenseless.

II Pet 5:8-10″Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. BUT THE GOD OF GRACE, who has called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered awhile, makes you mature, will establish you,
strengthen, settle you.”

So the question is how to battle satan?

James 4:6-8 “But He gives grace, therefore He says; ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore SUBMIT TO GOD. RESIST the devil and he will flee from you. DRAW NEAR to God and He will draw near to you.”

Our Spiritual Enemy’s final destiny.

Rev 20:2-3 “He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”

Have a great day in serving the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as you;

Submit
Resist
Draw Near to God!!!!!

The Secret to a Happy Marriage…

Gen 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be jointed to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

The Secret of a Happy Marriage!

There was once a man and woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day, the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it, he found two crocheted doilies and a stack of money totaling $25,000. He asked her about the contents. “When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you I should just keep quiet and crochet a doily.”

The little old man was so moved he had to fight back tears. Only two precious doilies were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

“Honey,” he said, “that explains the doilies, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?”

“Oh,” she said, “That’s the money I made from selling the doilies.”

Eph 4:26 “Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun do down on your wrath.”