Tuesday
Apr082014

Faith a Reaction (part 4)

What does faith do?

Mark 11:22

So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God.

This verse means exactly what it says

Faith ; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:--assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

Mark 11:23

 23 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

This is saying that if you want to change the circumstances of your life, if you want the desires of your heart to be fulfilled, you must commit your way to Him and have faith in God

But faith in God for what? That God will move on your behaft?

No, faith in the promise that God by His grace has given you the authority to speak to mountains, command them to leave and they will obey you. The purpose of believe and speaking is to change the circumstances.

Stop using faith on God to try to make him do want you want. Your faith does not make God be true to His word. God is true, God is faithful whether we believe or not.

2 Tim 2:13

13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. NKJV

Wednesday
Apr022014

Walking in the Spirit

Galatians  5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

The flesh focuses on the carnal.  A life lived by fleshly ideas and wordly desires, is not a life that is controlled by the Holy Spirit. We are called to war against the flesh. The victory in this war is in relationship with Jesus. As christians it is important that we live following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord!

Monday
Mar312014

Faith a Reaction (part 3)

Last time we asked a question: What is the only thing in the universe that motivates God to move on our behalf? Is it our needs or is it our wants? What about our faith? Does your faith compel God to do anything?

2 Tim 2:13

13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. NKJV

Listen, lets stop using our faith on God. That is not what faith is for. If God has decided not to do anything, your faith will not get him to change His mind. God is faithful whether we believe or not. So what in the universe will move the hand of God?

Matt 14:14

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick NKJV

Mark 1:41

41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed." NKJV

Love moves God. We are healed because Jesus loved us enough to bear stripes for our healing. We are rich because Jesus loved us enough to become poor. And finally, He loved us enough to do this:

John 3:16

16 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 NKJV

God is willing to heal, to prosper, and to save, so why faith? What does faith do?

Next time

Monday
Mar242014

Faith A Reaction (part 2)

Some think that if we believe hard enough, confess long enough and don't forget a little begging, that we will somehow convince God to answer our prayers. Others believe that the purpose of faith and even intercession is to somehow convince God to be true to His word. We could not be further from the truth. We need to change our belief system and change our perception of God.

Some believe that God needs our faith in order for Him to do anything. Does God need our faith in order to move? Some say the opposite, that God is sovereign and it does not matter what we believe. God does what He wants. If God wants you well, He will heal you, if He doesn't then He won't. Neither of these are true. They are just opposite sides of a counterfeit twenty dollar bill. 

Some put it this way; "God does not respond, to crying, begging or whining. He only responds to faith". Another counterfeit. Is that the true purpose of faith, to make God do what we want? Is God just sitting back waiting until your faith reaches a certain level?

Is that when He will finally respond to your request? If not faith, then what? What is the only thing that will cause Him to move on your behalf? What is the only thing in the universe that moves the hand of God?

I will answer these questions and more next time…

 

 

Thursday
Mar202014

To Know the Love of Christ 

Knowing Christ not only means experiencing the power of the risen Lord, but also sharing His sufferings.

Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death...

Be encouraged to grow in your knowledge of who He is and what He has done for you. 

2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (KJV).