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Finding faith when He Comes!

Scripture reading for March 27th:  Jude 5-8, Luke 18

Key Scriptures:  Luke 18:6-8  “And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?  Will He delay long over them?  I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?””

Jesus told a parable about an unjust judge and a woman who came again and again for justice.  The unjust judge finally grants her request to keep her from wearing him out.  Jesus used this story to explain the kind of faith needed by those who would be living in the time before He returned.  God always is moved by people using their faith!

Judges 6:12, 14  “And the angel of the Lord appeared to him (Gideon) and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”   . . “And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?””

Prayer:  Lord, increase my ability to hear and believe Your holy Word and live by faith each day.  Amen.

 

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Faith and pleasing God!

Scripture reading for October 27th:  Hebrews 11

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Hebrews 11:1-3,6  “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.   .  . . And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  

God is invisible to sinful man.  Because of sin, mankind has been cut off from beholding God for his own good and well-being.   Sin cannot exist in the holiness of God’s glorious presence.  But those who have had a relationship with God since Adam have come to Him by faith.  They trust and are certain of God’s person and goodness.  They believe that God created the visible world out of nothing at His own command.  They understand that God is good and will reward those that believe although they cannot visibly see Him.

Observations for over-comers:  Our faith will be rewarded eternal life and beholding God face to face in His glory!  “Then Moses said, “Now show me Your glory.”  . . . “But,” He said, “you cannot see My face, for no one may see Me and live.”  (Exodus 33:18, 20)

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Jesus: Author of our Faith

Scripture reading for October 28th:  Hebrews 11

“He who is coming will come and will not delay.  But My righteous one will live by faith.  And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”  (Hebrews 10:37-38)  “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.”.  . . “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”   (Hebrews 11:1, 6)

Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of our faith!  (Hebrews 12:2)  He has told His people that He will return for them at an unspecified time in the future.  Even though it may appear that much time has passed, He will be true to His holy Word.  (Matthew 24:35-36,44)  Those who follow Him must live by faith in that truth and order their lives accordingly.  We must have confidence in God’s Word and His promises, being certain of what we are told to hope for even though we don’t see it.  This is the essence of faith.  It is not dependent on sight or on circumstances, but keeps on believing and living like God’s Word is Truth.

Ancient’s were the people of faith who lived before the time of Christ.  They were commended and rewarded by God for their faith.  They trusted in the revelation of God’s promises and plans that was given them and ordered their lives accordingly.   Noah built an ark to save his family,  Abraham left his home and followed God to a place where God promised him inheritance.  Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, Isaac, believing God could raise him from the dead.  Many others are listed as walking in faith and pleasing God.  We must persevere in our journey to see Jesus!

 

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Pleasing God by faith!

Scripture reading for December 15th: Hebrews 11-13

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3

One of the foundational aspects of our faith is trusting God as creator of all things.  This particular aspect of faith is attacked in our land today by those who put their faith in the theory of evolution.  Evolution is a type of religious system that puts time and chance as key ingredients to finding the basis of beginning in all things.  A creator is ruled out in favor of man’s invention of ‘truth’.

We who trust God’s word know that He spoke a command and it happened.   Faith trusts what God has said.  The Bible records a number of human beings who trusted God’s word and were commended by Him.  Enoch is one such person recorded in Hebrews 11.

“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away.  For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:5-6)

Enoch was a man who walked with God.  He was a prophet who warned of the coming of the Lord in judgment.  His only recorded message is found in Jude 14-15.  Enoch began to walk with God after the birth of his son, Methuselah, whose name tells of coming judgment.  (Genesis 5:21-24)   The flood came in the year Methuselah died and he lived longer than any other man recorded in Scripture.  Enoch so walked with God that he was snatched up to heaven and became a type of ‘faith-walker’ that would inspire others throughout the ages!

There is no other means of pleasing God!  Jesus is coming again.  Will you walk with God today as if that were true and warn others about this coming event?  God has promised to “snatch up” those who walk with Him! ( 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18)

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday October 19th, 2014

Dear Friends,

Jesus honors faith!  He spoke the Word of God to birth faith in His followers and empower them to move mountains to His glory!  Without faith we cannot please Him!  Faith works by love.

God’s people gather on the first day of the week to celebrate the love of God in Jesus Christ.  We gather to pray, worship and hear the Word proclaimed.  We demonstrate our love for God by obedience.  We gather to speak to mountains of sickness, bondage, and unforgiveness and watch them be thrown into the sea of God’s grace!  Don’t miss out on what God is doing!  Your gathering today with God’s people is an act of faith that pleases God!

In His Love,  Pastor John and Mary

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It’s by faith!

Scripture reading for December 15th: Hebrews 11-13

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3

One of the foundational aspects of our faith is trusting God as creator of all things.  God alone has the wisdom and power to create the universe out of nothing!  This particular aspect of faith is attacked in our land today by those who put their faith in the theory of evolution.  Evolution is a type of religious system that puts time and chance as key ingredients to finding the basis of beginning in all things.  A creator is ruled out and intelligent design is believed to be the simple product of random happenings over millions or billions of years.

We who trust God and His word know how creation began.  God simply spoke a command and it happened.  (Genesis 1:3)  Faith’s object is always God or His word.  The Bible records a number of human beings who trusted God’s word and were commended by Him.  There is a portion of that list in the rest of Hebrews 11, but we will focus on one man: Enoch.

“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away.  For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:5-6)

Enoch was known as a man who walked with God seven generations after Adam.  He was a prophet who warned of the coming of the Lord with His holy angels in judgment.  His only recorded message is found in Jude 14-15.  Enoch began to walk with God after the birth of his son, Methuselah.  (Genesis 5:21-24) The name “Methuselah” meant “When he dies, judgment will come”.  (The flood came in the year Methuselah died, 969 years later.)  Enoch so pleased God that he was snatched up to heaven and became a type of faith-walker that would inspire others throughout the ages!    Will you walk with God today?

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Follow Christ’s example!

Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st Peter 2:13-3:7

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.  “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”  When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed.”  (1st Peter 2:21-24)

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called by God to follow Christ’s example of faithful suffering.  Christ did not sin against, complain about, lie about, or threaten those who insulted Him.  Christ simply put His trust in God the Father to repay them at the final judgment. Likewise, we are to patiently endure sufferings and pray for those that would abuse or persecute us.

A second aspect of Christ’s example is found in the purpose of His suffering.  Christ suffered for the welfare of others.  He bore our sins in His body on that cross in order that we might through His sacrifice die to sins.   He suffered wounds to bring about our healing and deliverance from both sin and sickness.  We who know Christ and have placed our faith in Him, can receive forgiveness and healing.

Christ’s example was one of submission to authority on all levels.  We are instructed to model that same submission ourselves as we live our lives in the world.  We are to submit to the king and all governmental authorities.  (1st Peter 2:13-15)  When we do this we honor God.  Slaves were to submit to their masters as unto Christ with all respect.  It did not matter if they were treated well or not.  (1st Peter 2:18-20)

Wives were to submit to their husbands as Christ submitted to His Father.  Jesus example also was applicable in the home authority structure established by God.  Wives were to live such godly lives that they could win over their husbands without word.  (1st Peter 3:1-2)  Husbands were to live with their wives in the same way Christ modeled loving care.  (1st Peter 3:7)  In these ways, Christ’s example would practically help the believers to live and lead others to know Christ!  How are you doing in following Christ’s example?

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