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November 6, 2013

Faith Through Love

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Galatians 5:6. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight- the only thing that matters is faith working through love.

Being good or doing good works won’t give us life with God. Faith itself won’t either. Faith in and through Jesus must work through love. Our question is what does love do? Love wants the best for others. Love is active. Love reaches out to love. Love of God brings obedience to all God says. When faith stands alone it brings nothing. We must work out our faith through love for God and exercise that love through and with those around us.

August 28, 2013

A Stage

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Matthew 15:8-9. This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me,
and they worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.

Psalms 19:14. May my words and my thoughts. be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my sheltering rock and my redeemer.

It’s evident since the first verse is true about us this second verse must not be true about us. Let’s be honest with ourselves. We have all spoken faith or obedience from time to time without really meaning our words or following through with them. How often have we quoted Matthew 6:33-34
“But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.” We say we pursue God’s kingdom and righteousness yet we go after the things of this world with more effort and enthusiasm. We know we need not worry about tomorrow, that it is in God’s hands yet we do worry. We forget our words of worry and our thoughts of more enthusiasm over worldly things rather than God’s kingdom and righteousness are displeasing to God. It seems we think we are on this earth to please ourselves and to try to please fellow-man rather than please God. Shakespeare once said, “Life is a stage.” Our question is what audience are we trying to please, God or sinful people? Let us play out our lives (thoughts included since God hears them) out for God.

August 25, 2013

God Proves Hiself

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1 Kings 18:36. When it was time for the evening offering, Elijah the prophet approached the altar and prayed:“O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.

Elijah had the right to ask God to prove Himself because Elijah had followed all of God’s instructions. Elijah knew God’s instructions because he pent much time in prayer, including listening time. God is always ready to give us instructions but we need the habit of listening. When we receive instructions we must follow through in faith that through our obedience God will act. When we don’t follow through we will hear no more until we confess our lack and obey His instructions. Our question is if we have not recently seen God working through us when did we last hear and follow through in obedience and faith? Let us learn to walk with God daily as an obedient and faithful vessel for God to work through us.

August 10, 2013

Safe to Follow

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Joshua 4:21-22. He told the Israelites, “When your children someday ask their fathers, What do these stones represent? explain to your children, Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry ground.

Why is it significant to us today that Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry ground. It shows us that, as it was safe for them to follow God into the wilderness it is also safe for us to follow God wherever His Holy Spirit leads us. When we walk in obedience to God there is nothing to fear. That doesn’t mean we will never have trials but that God will lead us through our trials. The question is will we look for His leading or fret and complain about the trial. The Bible is full of examples how God leads and how are job is to follow in an attitude of praise and thanksgiving. If you are walking through a trial right now I pray you might look for God’s leading with faith and trust that leads to praise and thanks to God,

August 4, 2013

Specific Prayer

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Matthew 20:32. Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”

We were around our table for breakfast and prayed, “Lord, give us an abundance of water.” That’s all we asked. I was to go to our new property and meet the well digger. In did and he quickly reached a good source of water. I returned o our rental house and, as I opened the door I heard what sounded like our aquarium. But it was un storage. As I stepped inside I found I was in ankle dep water. The bottom of the hot water heater had rusted out and no one was there to shut off the water. God answered our prayer, an abundance of water. We were not pacific in our prayer and God was giving us a long-lasting lesson in prayer. Many of our prayers appear unanswered because we are not specific so we have no specific answer to hear or discover. It could be a lack of faith that leads us to pray generalities. Our question is do we really believe God hears and answered our prayers? Let us make our specific requests known and watch the power of God work in specific glory.

July 31, 2013

Answered Prayer

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Acts 12:15. But they said to her, “Youve lost your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was Peter, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!”

Read the nature account. Peter was chained in prison and his friends were praying for his release. While they were praying Peter, released by God through an angel came to the door. The girl who answered was so surprised Peter was out that she forgot to open the door but want to tell the others while they were still praying for Peter’s release. They did not believe their prayers were answered. There are two truths here. One is where was their belief and where is ours. We often miss the answers to our prayers because we aren’t really looking for them. The other is regardless of our faith God will accomplish His will and purpose with or with out our faith. The question is do we want to actively be part of His workings though our prayers believing and looking expectantly for His answers?

July 17, 2013

Faith and Works

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James 2:17. So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

We cannot work our wy into eternal life with God. But faith in god without good works to demonstrate the faith is dead. Faith leads to works. Works don’t lead to faith; they only demonstrate the faith. We must have balance in our lives. We build everything on faith. Faith grows through the practice of private prayers and in-depth meditation on the written word of God. These will lead us into using our spiritual eyes and increasing our love for others. This increases our desire to serve God through our serving others. All this service is good as long as we are looking at God as we serve and not ourselves. Our question is why are we serving? If it is to look good or because we want thanks we aren’t serving God. Let us look upward as we serve outward.

July 11, 2013

Focus

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Philippians 3:20. But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

To grow in faith we must guard our focus. Since our faith is directed to God our focus must be on God. Our tendency is to focus inward: what’s in it for me,how will it affect me, etc.. Our real questions should be what’s in it for God and how will it impact God’s purpose and desire? Satan fell because his desire was for himself first and foremost. We keep sinning because our focus is oneself. Praise God we have a helper to learn to keep our focus on God. Our helper is the Holy Spirit, God dwelling in us. Let us continually remember to look to Him to keep the focus of our faith.

July 8, 2013

Starts With Faith

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Hebrews 11:6. Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Everything starts with faith. Everyone has faith in something. We can’t walk on a floor without faith it will support us. We can’t sit without faith it will hold us. Faith is necessary for life. We cannot approach God without faith He exists. People have defined faith in many ways. The Bible only defines faith once. Hebrews 11:1. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. Our question is not in defining faith but in exercising faith. This chapter in Hebrews tells of how different people exercised their faith. As we live people see how we exercise our faith. Our question we must each answer is what or who is our faith in? Since God is the Source of all creation it makes sence that it is in Him that our faith starts and ends. Our faith grows through exercise and experience. Let us choose to exercise it through obedience to God encouraging us and others through our experiences.

June 20, 2013

Deny Self

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Matthew 16:24. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

How many times a day do we use the words, “my, mine, me, or I?” Probably more times than we can count. Most of us aren’t even aware when we use those words. In denying ourselves Jesus means for us to put Him first and then others. This is the way to JOY (Jesus, Others, Yourself). This is the way God created us to be but when sin entered mankind self became our dominate and primary concern. So many times in conversation with others instead of really listening to them we are busy thinking about what we want to say. We are preoccupied with ourselves. It takes trust in God’s faithfulness to deny ourselves and put Him and others first. Our question is do we want to be obedient in this enough to ask God to empower us with His Holy Spirit to deny ourselves and trust Him with our needs?

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