Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Vital Faith

November 11th, 2010 No comments

If you are a real Christian, as opposed to a pretender, the Bible says your life will be marked by one overarching aim: you want to be “well pleasing” to the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:9). In other words, you don’t live for your own selfish agenda. You want to know Christ and then make Him known to others. You want to please him in all things.

But how do we do that? What’s the key ingredient to all our “God-pleasing” activity? In a word: FAITH.

The writer of Hebrews tells us that “without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God” (11:6). That’s a pretty strong statement, isn’t it? So faith is essential for a life that pleases God.

What actually is FAITH? What does it look like? How do I know when I have it and when I don’t? Is my life pleasing to God?

Come Sunday and find out! And bring a friend who needs a vital encounter with Jesus Christ!

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Starving at the Buffet

August 27th, 2010 5 comments

I once read about an experiment in which researchers placed a large fish in an aquarium filled with an ample supply of mouth watering minnows. The big fish basically enjoyed what we would call an “all you can eat buffet.”

After a while, the researchers inserted a clear glass partition into the tank. Now the big fish could only enjoy half the aquarium and half the minnows. After eating the last minnow on his side of the tank, the big fish made an attempt to eat the minnows on the other side of the glass. You can imagine what happened. After banging his body repeatedly into the glass partition with no reward to show for his efforts, the fish gave up. He stopped trying.

What happened next was amazing. The researchers removed the glass partition, allowing the minnows to swim freely around the big fish. To their surprise, the fish never attempted to eat the minnows. He smelled them, bumped into them, watched them swim all around him, but he would not eat them! Perhaps the fish developed a belief that the minnows were unreachable. For whatever the reason, the big fish actually starved to death in the midst of an aquarium filled with minnows!

Can you relate? Sometimes we develop stinking thinking, especially after we encounter obstacles or when we experience failures or setbacks. We go negative in our mental disposition. We become despondent and discouraged. We feel like nothing we do really matters. We just quit on our dreams!

But if we fight the good fight of faith, choosing to live in the Kingdom of God, where right thinking, right relationships, peace and joy (Romans 14:17) fill the fish tank, we’ll soon discover that we are surrounded by minnows! It takes faith, a yielded, fully confident, loving affection for our heavenly Father, to see the opportunities God is bringing our way. Unbelief will keep you from possessing what the Lord has promised. Don’t starve to death when the Lord is preparing a banquet feast in the presence of our enemies (Psalm 23:5). Live in faith. Look for answers and opportunities. Expect God’s provision.  Remember, it’s your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom! (Luke 12:32)

Building the Ship @ Sea

February 11th, 2010 No comments

Each time I head out on a missions trip I make sure I am well armed with an abundance of life-changing reading material. I especially enjoy reading the biographies of those who dreamed with Jesus and left a lasting mark on the world.

On my recent journey to India, I took along a great book by Trevor Yaxley called, William & Catherine, the Life and Legacy of the Booths founders of the Salvation Army. Wow! A must read for those looking for some fresh inspiration.

I loved what I read about their style of ministry. In describing many of the radical initiatives that were started, Booth said, “We had to build the ship while we were at sea, and not only build the ship but master the laws of navigation.”

Have you figured out the truth that in the Kingdom, God often calls people to do things they have never done before! Booth not only had to build while at sea; he also had to learn the art of sailing! While planning and preparation are always desirable, at times the Lord simply wants us to set sail. This helps us to avoid what as been called “paralysis analysis.” Sometimes we over analyze the dream. We are so familiar with all of the needs and challenges that we never actually do anything. The Lord wants us to obey first and then rely upon Him for the details and provision we need while in route. This keeps us in the role of the needy recipient and Him planted securely in the Captain’s seat. We get a supernatural life filled with answered prayers and He gets the glory!

So what is God asking of you? Pick up the anchors and set sail. The dream will take shape as the wind of the Spirit fills your sails.

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