Monday, June 21, 2021

Belief must be with Faith

Belief must be with Faith 

With God nothing will be impossible. LUKE 1:37 

Over and over again in the Old Testament, God is described as the Maker of heaven and earth. The Hebrews’ worldview was based on the fact that their God was the Maker of all things, and as such He had the power and strength to meet all their needs. Therefore it was part of the continual confession, almost as a reminder, that their God (who is also our God) made all things—nothing was too hard for Him. God created all things, and by Him all things are held together. If God holds the entire universe together, is it not reasonable to assume that He can hold the different aspects of your individual life together as well? He created us for the journey and sustains us through the journey as well. So when you arrive at a place on your journey and you don’t know what to do and you say, “Lord, I need help,” remember this: the One to whom you are praying is the One who made heaven and earth. He can help you! The God who created us for life is the One who can help us with life.

So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed . . .” LUKE 17:6 

A man approached a Little League baseball game one afternoon while strolling through a park. He stopped and asked a boy in the dugout what the score was. The boy responded, “Eighteen to nothing—we’re behind.” “Boy,” said the spectator, “I’ll bet you’re discouraged.” “Why should I be discouraged?” replied the little boy. “We haven’t even gotten up to bat yet!” What a difference an optimistic attitude makes! As Christians, we have the ultimate comfort that we are blessed with the ultimate win—eternal life in heaven with God. But until then, how are we supposed to face the discouragements of this world? Job 16:5 says, “But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief” (NIV). God is our great encourager. He reminds us that with His help, anything is possible. It is a matter of perspective that determines the productivity of our actions. Childlike faith is the way to success in this world. Do you believe that the Lord will be faithful to provide for your needs and your desires? He is waiting to hear and see your enthusiasm for life; He is waiting to bless a childlike faith. Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening 

These two go as hand in hand as something that C. H. Spurgeon said to someone about which was more important, prayer or reading their Bible.  He responded with which was more important, breathing in or breathing out?

There are going to be times that we just are not going to understand the road we are on. 

In another devotional that I read this morning it referred to a pastor of a Church in the early years of Hitler's Germany. His Church was bombed, congregation scattered. He was arrested and was to stand trial.  He was afraid on his way to court. From the most unlikeliest of sources came a passage from Proverbs.  The very guard taking him to court. The passage sustained him throughout his imprisonment and the concentration camp until his release to start a new church again,.

20 years ago we were lead to come to live where we are.  God arranged it all and every piece fell into place.  Pieces we weren't aware of that were out of place appeared and were resolved just as quickly. To give you a mental image it very much was like that dream of driving. You know you are on the road, but can only see the curve of it. You cannot see straight ahead to what is coming. 

I look at our present situation and we are praying once again.  God must do what God does and we must proceed by prayer and faith.   I have looked back on the last half decade and wonder if we missed a golden opportunity years ago.  

But then the Spirit reminded me that to be where I am today required those valleys and mountains that we passed through.  Belief and Faith must go together. 

We like to know what is going to happen. We like to be the one in control, be it personal relationships, family relationships or any other relationship.  We think if we are the one guiding people then we can be satisfied with the outcome.  The truth is harder than that.  We must trust God to be the one doing the guiding through the Spirit.   Adam and Eve thought they knew better than God too and look how that turned out. 

We live in a world where it's obvious to me that even Satan knows that the time for Christ to return is imminent.  He knows. It's the people who are supposed to believe and have the faith who are not living as though it is imminent. 

Satan's faith in the return of Christ is stronger than that of much of the professing Christian world.  Read that again. 

He is the one behind the grand changes in how manufacturing processes have been changed. He is trying to develop a system that won't break down when the Rapture occurs. In their 'genius' the world thinks its their idea.

Where is your faith and belief?  Are you living as though Jesus is coming back at any time? Again, His enemy believes it.

In the parables from Jesus He taught over and over to be prepared. To be ready. Until then, to live lives that reflect Him.  Wherever that may be.  We believe that we could be moving again. We pray n seek God to do what He has done before.  

We who are in Christ need to be the ones with greater faith than the enemy of God. 

Are you living as though Christ could be returning right now? Or do you have excuses for your life and your faith is lacking?  It's time to get real with you. It's time to end the excuses and live the life of faith you who call yourself a Christian is to live.

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