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A Life of Faith

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This past week I spent a few days with some ministry leaders I’ve known for over 25 years. We worked with each other at various times over the years but regardless of our ministry affiliations, we’ve kept in touch.

While together for several days, each of us had about two hours to share what was happening in our lives, our families, our health, our ministries and some of our trials. This in-depth sharing allowed us to put out many of the real issues we face.

No two of us were alike in what we shared or what we face in our lives, ministries or families. There are many difficult things shared but what challenged me was that each of these men are attempting to live a life of faith to honor our Lord.

Major health issues, family crisis, physical limitations and capacity to minister, unexpected closed doors for ministry, and many more things were shared. I stand amazed at how each man shared how he was believing God in the midst of these issues.

One man shared that he was motivated by this verse: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:58)

Hebrews says it this way, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1) “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Heb 11:6)

To me, the issue for each of us is summarized with this question: How am I believing God for what is happening in my life?

Take a few moments to ponder some of the thoughts mentioned above. Pray about what the Lord brings to your mind.

Maranatha
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Calling God a Liar

I read a short article this past week that got me thinking. God has made so many promises. When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He showed us how to live and walk in those promises. Plus Jesus gave us so many more promises such as: “I am with you even to the end of the age”; and “whatever you ask in my name, I will do it.”

It really boils down to belief. Do I believe the Father and Son and Holy Spirit really can do what they say in the Scriptures? Does the Word really mean what it says? Can I trust God to do what He promises?

The alternative is to disbelieve. This means that I am calling God a liar. I am saying that He really won’t or can’t do something. It means he really is not trustworthy.

When put this way, my actions and belief alternately call God a liar if I don’t believe and act on His promises or I call Him my Lord and Savior if I do believe and act on His promises.

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I want to live a life of belief and obedience to His Word. My prayer for you and I is summarized in Hebrews: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:1-2).

Maranatha,
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Pray Without Doubt

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Jesus found a fig tree without fruit. He said, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.”

At once the fig tree withered.

The disciples were amazed. Jesus said, “If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to this fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ IT WILL HAPPEN. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matt. 21:18-22).

Wow. This is a big claim. The power we have at our disposal is staggering. Prayer without doubt is a tool we have that few of us really utilize. But the power for doing Kingdom work is available to each of us.

What does He want you to pray for this week?

I am no expert at this, far from it. But this passage challenges me anew to pray without doubt.

Maranatha,
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