WANTED – – Truth Tellers…


Ephesians 4:25 “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.” NASB

I do not want to get political or go on an all-out attack on religious hypocrisy but will say that what we need in this present world is men and women of The Truth!  Paul tells the Ephesian church that they are to “lay aside” Falsehood and “speak the truth.”  He reminds them and us that we are not isolated from each other but as members of both the human race and the family of God we are part of the same fabric and while we sometimes are guilty of lying to ourselves or distorting reality in our minds, we do not practice that regularly, at least I hope we do not.

My grandfather and father always told me, “Tell the truth it is easier to remember than a lie.”  They usually told me that when I attempted to pull the wool over on their eyes and they saw through it with amazing clarity and regularity.  Neither would tolerate laziness or dishonesty and were truthful to a fault and even if telling the truth brought them personal or financial difficulty. 

They believed and so do I that “honesty” is not just the best policy it is the “only policy.”  If we are truthful then we do not have to worry about being exposed and that in itself brings a certain sense of peace and security to the heart and mind.  We have all known people who it seems would climb a tree to tell a lie when they could have stood on the ground and told the truth.

My children know that I told them, “If you lie to me and I catch you it will be far worse than if you tell me the truth.”  If they remember they can recall sometimes when they told me the truth and escaped punishment and times when they did not, and the punishment or correction was stepped up a notch. 

If we encounter someone who tells us untruths on a regular basis, no matter how hard we try not to label or characterize them as being a liar we still do so, at least in the back of our minds and it affects our relationship or prevents us developing one that is positive.  No one wants to do business with a person that distorts the truth or facts. 

No one would want to sit under a preacher who tells fabrications.  As a friend of mine had a member of his congregation asked him, “Pastor was that story you told the truth, or were you just preaching?”  What a statement and while she may not have meant it as it came across that she would even entertain it is a tragedy. 

You do not want anyone to tell you anything but the truth so why practice telling others something that is not truthful?  You would not want your doctor to tell you something that was not true regarding your health because that could cost you your life.  You would not want your banker or financial adviser to misrepresent your finances which might cost you your possessions.  In life (all of it) let us be People of the Truth!

May God bless you as you go through your day!

SLAVES NO MORE…


Galatians 4:1-7 – “Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3 So also, we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ” Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” NASB

Paul’s way of explaining our relationship with God is powerful.  He brings to mind that a child, although a member of the family and ultimately owner of all the family fortunes and worth is very little different from a slave because the child is under the authority of his/her parents or those whom the parents have placed over them.  They are not allowed the privilege of operating as an “owner” until it is deemed by the father that they are ready. Owner of all but the authority of a slave is the condition described.

Then he declares to us that we are sons (a non-gender term as used here) and because of that truth God has sent the Spirit of God into our hearts crying Abba! Father!  As a result, we are no longer slaves but sons and daughters and if we are sons and daughters, we are Heirs of God! 

My friends, how often do we, as children of the Most-High, live beneath our privilege?  How frequently do we live as slaves rather than sons and daughters?  It is time that we assess who we are and whose we are.  It is time to reread the Bible and determine what this New Covenant that is established upon Better Promises is all about and what it affords.  It is time that we reevaluate our relationship with the Lord and that we have the authority and power to not only overcome the enemy of our souls but the grace to live The Abundant Life that Jesus promised.  You are not a Slave you are a Child of God and an Heir according to His Promise!

Let us move from a slave mentality to a son and daughter mentality.  Let us move from timidity to boldness in our relationship, heritage, and covenant.  Let us begin to live as Heirs and bring real hope to this hopeless world outside of Christ.  It is as we move into that mentality that we find ourselves filled with the desire to be totally His. Remember 1 John 4:17 – “By this, is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, we also are in this world.”

God bless and keep you as you go through your day!

STRONG IN GRACE…


2 Timothy 2:1, 11-13 – “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” NASB

How about you, do you want to be “Strong in Grace?”  I believe that I can answer that for you without violating your right to make the decision for yourself and say YES!  Paul identified in verses 11-13 some truths regarding our walk with Christ in this life by saying:

  1. If we have died in Him, we will also live in Him.
  2. If we endure, we will reign.
  3. If we deny Him, He will deny us.
  4. If we are faithless, He will remain faithful
  5. God cannot deny Himself.

We are dead in Christ in the “new birth” and have been made a new creation through the gift of Salvation and one day we will live with Him eternally.  Jesus never hid the fact that we would face difficulties in life and the Christian walk and neither does Paul.  He tells us the end of that enduring is reigning with Jesus.  He warns that if we deny the Lord, God will deny us on that day and that is not something that any of us desires.  He tells us that we may be less than faithful, but God will always be faithful because He cannot deny Himself and He is faithful.

So, to be “Strong in Grace” is to embrace the faith that is in Jesus Himself.  It is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts, words, and deeds. It is to allow the Holy Spirit to shed the Love of God abroad in our hearts and to teach us all things that Jesus said.  It is to allow the Holy Spirit to quicken our mortal bodies so that we shake off the shackles of carnality and move into the realm of the spiritual.  It is to become focused on the King and the Kingdom of God as paramount and supreme above all else.  It is to Totally Surrender our life, all of it to GOD!

It is in that condition and position that we become “Strong in Grace” and no matter what comes we come out the other side In Christ and therefore Victorious! 

May God be with you as you go through your day!

MOUTH AND HEART CHRISTIANS…


Psalm 19:14 – “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” NASB

There have been times in my life, my Christian walk, and ministry that I have either found myself out of harmony with these or have encountered others who were so conditioned or predisposed.  What does it mean to be out of harmony between the “mouth” and the “heart”?  It means that what you are saying is not what you really believe or living and that would fall under the definition of “hypocrisy.”  None of us wants to be a hypocrite.

David’s prayer is one that I pray regularly and earnestly because I recognize that if “my talking the talk” does not line up with “my walking the walk” then it is like “rain on a tin barn” and is only noise but no substance.  There will be no impact on lives for the good and God only repulsion and rejection of both the message and messenger. 

But it goes deeper than that because if my words are not in harmony with the meditation of my heart, I lose out in my relationship with God and do not develop or enjoy the bountiful benefits of walking with Him.  I am, at best, out of fellowship with my Lord and at worst in a rebellious state and in danger of being spewed out of His mouth.

I want my words to please the LORD as well as my thoughts and heart.  I want my actions, which spring out of my heart to be pleasing to God and productive for the cause of the Kingdom of God.  The vast majority of believers desire the same thing All the Time! 

Therefore, the question arises – “How Do We Ensure That Is the Case?”  Jesus said it best in Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” NASB Paul echoed that in a different fashion in 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 – “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.” NASB

If we are to have our words and meditation or our Mouth, Heart, and Will be in harmony with the precepts and purposes of the Lord, we must make Him FIRST above everything!  We must take proactive steps to ensure that no thought that is out of harmony with His Word is allowed to lodge in our hearts or minds.  We must become people of prayer, praise, and pursuit of God!  If we do that, I am convinced that God will step into our situations and maneuver our words and meditations so that they are in complete harmony and pleasing to the Father!

May God be with you and guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus our Lord as you go through your day!

SOMETHING THE WICKED CAN NOT HAVE….


Isaiah 57:19-21 –“I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the LORD, “And I will heal him.”  20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.”  NKJV

Jesus said in John 14:27-28 – “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” NASB Paul later wrote in Philippians 4:7 – “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” NASB

The Lord, through Isaiah, declares that He creates the fruit of the lips and grants peace to the one who is near and the one who is far off.  God promises to bring healing to those, and I personally believe that means physically, mentally, socially, spiritually, and economically.  Then He says something that should catch our attention if the first part did not.

God identified that there is something that the wicked cannot have or possess. That something is Peace!  The wicked will toss and turn on his bed at night troubled by shadows of things they fear whether real or imagined.  The wicked will always be looking over his shoulder because of the vileness of his heart and the corruption that proceeds from it.  He will never trust anyone because he cannot be trusted.  He is like a troubled sea that dredges up filth and pollution and there is no Peace! 

If your life is marked by the absence of peace you might want to examine your relationship with our Lord.  I am not saying you are wicked. I am suggesting that if you allow the Holy Spirit to develop and strengthen your relationship with Jesus, Peace will become a natural product of your life. I am suggesting that the continual absence of peace could be an indication of a problem or deficiency. On the other hand, if you are engaged in wickedness then you cannot expect to experience true peace or continual peace it is not something that God will allow you to have.

I know the Peace of God that goes far beyond what the human mind can comprehend or imagine.  I know what it is to be completely calm, collected, and restful in the midst of a situation that would cause any heart to be completely hysterical.  I know what the infusion of God’s Peace can bring to any situation and any heart in the most difficult of times.  That place of peace is a place that I desire as my permanent residence.

May God be with you as you go through your day!

CAN I GET A WITNESS?


Romans 8:16-17 – “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” NASB

The title question “Can I Get a Witness?” is a fitting catalyst to launch us into this discussion.  A witness, okay, here it is in plain sight in the Bible!  When the Holy Spirit witnesses to your human spirit that you are a Child of God rejoice!  That means as a child of God you are an ‘heir’ and beyond that, you are a ‘fellow heir’ with Christ.  We will not only suffer with Him, but we will be glorified with Him. 

Fellow believers, there is a better day coming!  There is a day of triumph coming for those who are faithful until the end.  There is a day of glory coming for those who endure to the end.  There is an Eternal Day coming for those who are washed in the blood of Jesus and have their sins forgiven.  What more do you need to give you the courage to stand firm and stand true than the witness of the Holy Spirit that you are indeed a child of God?  Rejoice and again I say REJOICE!

In the early days of my entering the ministry, I attended a meeting in Tyler, Texas conducted by the Church of God In Christ organization.  There were probably a couple of thousand people in attendance and the speaker was a pastor from Houston.  The elders were sitting at a table in the front on the floor level directly in front of the pulpit and the Evangelist was charged with receiving the offering. 

After well over an hour of testifying, mini preaching episodes, offerings, singing, and motivating the congregation to give, the congregation did almost to a person.  They came down the aisles and stood in front of the elders as they put their offerings on the table.  The elders recorded each offering in their books.  The Evangelist turned to the choir and instructed them to bring their offerings. They were seated on the floor level and as they began to come forward, he stopped them saying, “Unh Unh honey, some of you women are too dressed up to be puttin’ them quarters on the table.”  Then he turned to the preachers on the platform and yelled, “Can I get a witness?”  The place erupted with clapping and shouting. 

I left the meeting at almost 11 PM that night and they had just finished taking the offering.  I do not know what time the service was over, but I had a ball.  I left only because I had to go to work the next morning so I could not stay.  I was preaching and working a secular job as well as going to college, so my time was precious, but I would not trade that night for anything.  I learned something about enthusiasm for worship and willingness to be open and direct with regard to what people were doing.  It was refreshing then and is now when I see it and experience it.

The only real witness we need concerning our spiritual condition is not the testimony or accolades of men it is the witness of the Holy Spirit!  If our hearts condemn us then we need to take stock, but if the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God, then stop fretting, doubting, and worrying, and REJOICE!  Your name is in the Book of Life and that is the most important thing.

As you go through your day go in the witness, comfort, and encouragement of the Holy Spirit.  God bless you richly is my prayer!

SOMEBODY’S EATING YOUR CALF…


Luke 15:23 – Bring the fattened calf and kill it! Let’s celebrate with a feast!”  TLV

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to Him who is able to do far beyond all that we ask or imagine, by means of His power that works in us, 21 to Him be the glory in the community of believers and in Messiah Yeshua throughout all generations[c] forever and ever! Amen.”  TLV

The passage in Luke is the father’s response when the prodigal son came home in repentance.  He never let the wayward boy finish but forgave him and accepted him back into the family. His response was “Let’s celebrate with a fattened calf.”  If you remember the story, you remember the response of the older brother.  He was angry and refused to come in for the celebration.

A great tragedy in the lives of many, too many believers, are living beneath their promised privilege in Jesus.  For whatever reason, they never access the provisions in the promises.  If we study the Bible, we will discover that we have manifold Promises from God, and those promises are awaiting our apprehension and acceptance.  Simply, all we have to do is believe they are for us, believe we are in Christ, and accept them.  Yes, it is that simple but not always easy.

We cannot miss the biblical reality that God Knows Everything!  He knows our hearts, our thoughts, our intentions, our motivations, and our actions.  There is nothing hidden from the eyes of our Creator.  He is the All-Seeing Eye. and He is Watching!

It would behoove us to realize that God Never Wants Second Best for us or from us.  Remember His Gift?  He gave the best heaven had to offer in the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.  Therefore, if He gave heaven’s best for us, He expects our best to be given to Him.  Total Surrender and Total Commitment!

Another important reality is that God has provided an inheritance for us.  In illustrating that truth, I refer to the Prodigal’s brother.  The older brother stayed at home, while his younger brother squandered his inheritance and in so doing the wealth of his father.  His younger brother had lived in such a manner as to disrespect their father and their God.  He was livid and bitter toward his brother. 

When his father threw a party for the wayward young man, the older brother complained.  He told his father that he had faithfully served and never received a reward.  His complaint was, “You never even gave me a Billy goat to have a barbeque with my buddies.”  His father, right said, “Son, son…All that I have is yours.”  Simply, you could have had whatever you wanted but you never asked.  The older brother’s attitude and actions resulted in somebody eating his calf.

In Galatians 3:13-14 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” NASB Then in verse 29 of Galatians 3 we find the powerful declaration, “and if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the Promise.”  That is incredible! 

God made the Covenant with Abraham.  In Galatians 3:15-17, Jesus confirmed the covenant and made it plain that we are heirs according to the Promise.  In Deuteronomy 28 we have a list of the Blessings of Abraham.  Then in Hebrews 8:6, we read, But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, to the extent that He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.” NASB

You must catch the truth presented here.  Our Covenant is a Better Covenant, even better than what God promised Abraham and that was incredible.  But if we do not believe that it is ours and appropriate it by faith, we will live watching someone else eat our calf.  It is time that we believe God’s Promises, embrace them as ours, and begin to Enforce the Victory Jesus Won at Calvary, and live in the fullness He has Promised.

You are an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus.  The Promises of God are Ours!  It is time to participate in the celebration and stop letting someone else eat your calf. 

God bless you as you enjoy this beautiful day in Jesus!

THE POWER OF PRAYING – Part 3…


Luke 11:1 “Now Yeshua was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Master, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” TLV

Now, let’s move to the next step in the development of a Powerful Prayer Life. 

THE SECOND STEP IN PRAYER SHOULD BE THANKSGIVING.

I invite you to consider some powerful passages of scripture that say it better than I could the truth and value of this step.

Psalm 100:4 – Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courtyards with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 50:14-15 – “Offer God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High; 15 Call upon Me on the day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

Ephesians 5:20 –always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father;” 

Philippians 4:6 – “Do not     be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Colossians 3:17 – “Do not    be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

We should focus on giving God thanks for every spiritual blessing we have received.  We should give Him Thanks for every physical blessing we have received, and we should give Him thanks for every material blessing.  IN EVERYTHING Give Him Praise and Thanks!

THE THIRD STEP IN PRAYER SHOULD BE THE CONFESSION OF SIN.

Do you notice that I did not put it at the beginning?  The reason is, that if you focus on your sinfulness first you will fail to focus on His Greatness, Love, Mercy, and Longsuffering.  That does not mean we ignore our sinfulness, but we focus on His Greatness, and we can see the Light of Salvation and be inspired to want to renounce our sin!  We need to see His Greatness, His Love, His Mercy, and His incredible Longsuffering to help us not only receive forgiveness but to believe that we have been forgiven!

1 John 1:9 declares, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Notice the word “if” – Forgiveness is conditional, not automatic.  It is conditional upon our repentance and confession.

It has been said that we have a battle of two natures.  Some agree and some disagree, but we all know that we face struggles with temptation and our want to.  I heard the story told about a missionary and a native American convert. The Indian said, “I have two dogs inside of me fighting.  It is a white dog and a black dog (the color is unimportant).” The missionary waited and the Indian said, “The dog I feed the most is the one that wins.”

We struggle with the godly and the carnal.  Notice the word “we” in the scripture.  It is personal.  If we confess our sins not, depend on our parents, or the church but come to God exposed and humbly confess to Him our failure.  Also, note the word, “confess” because it carries the idea of not only admitting but changing.  That is what repentance is, turning and going in the opposite direction. 

We change our attitude toward sin, self, and God.  We begin to develop the ability to see our sin as God does and feel how deeply it breaks His heart.  We do not sin because we have to or are forced to, but because we want to.  The pleasures of sin are often real, but they are only for a season.  There is a payday someday.

We need to acknowledge our personal or private sins (known only to God and us.)  We need to acknowledge the sin that involves someone else but is not publicly known.  We need to acknowledge our public sin and in this, we not only confess to God but publicly.

THE LAST STEP IS ASKING or PETITION or MAKING OUR REQUESTS.

Once we get in the right frame of mind and heart so that we believe in God’s goodness and trustworthiness we are in a place to petition.  We can then engage in petition, intercession, and soul searching.  Instead of repeating the petition over and over, we move to soul searching and weed out the tares in our lives.  Remember the promise of Jesus, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be open.”  

May the LORD bless you as you embark on your new life of Powerful Prayer!  Have a Great Day in Jesus!

THE POWER OF PRAYING – Part 2…


Luke 11:1 “Now Yeshua was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Master, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” TLV

I want to continue this look at the Power of Praying and the Power and Purpose of Praise in Prayer.  Let us consider three ways to Praise the Lord.

Praise Can Be and Often Needs to be In Your Own Words.    

Use your own vocabulary.  If you feel comfortable and are helped by using King James English, go ahead, but I believe it would be powerfully beneficial to use your own words in expressing your Praise to God.  Let me give you some passages that may be beneficial.

Luke 1:46 – “Then Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies, Adonai.”

Psalm 34:1-3 – “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice.  Exalt the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

Psalm 35:28 – “And my tongue shall proclaim Your righteousness and Your praise all day long.”

Psalm 51:15 – “Lord, open my lips, So that my mouth may declare Your praise.”

We are bragging on God!  It will not help Him nor make Him more than He is but will elevate Him in our sight.  It will help us!  All of us enjoy compliments, don’t we?  Bragging about God will help us see Him differently and more favorably.  We need to magnify the LORD!  We cannot make Him bigger than He is, but we can allow Him to become bigger to us than we have seen Him before.  To magnify is to increase out of true proportion. With God that is impossible, but it helps us to see Him greater than we have seen Him before.  It is a benefit to us!

The more I praise God and attempt to find words to describe Him, the more I see the Greatness of God.  He becomes larger and larger in my heart, mind, soul, and spirit.  Therefore, I believe that telling God how Great He is in our own words enables us to embrace His Greatness more powerfully.

We Can Praise God Through the Psalms. 

The Book of Psalms is the songbook of the Bible.  Almost every Psalm has one or more passages of Praise and Magnification for the LORD. 

I suggest that you read them, get them in your spirit and mind, and it may be beneficial to memorize them.  I like to read them aloud and personalize them.  I say them from my heart to God as though I was the author of that Psalm. 

We Can Praise God, Through Music. 

I am not speaking of singing in the choir or congregational singing, but from your knees, as you worship Him through your singing, or just walking around focusing on Him a son rings out! I often sing aloud and at times I sing in my mind even when I am in a crowd.

I know that today’s Christians have abandoned the old hymns, but I find myself singing them.  I sing songs like ‘Revive Us Again.’  “We praise thee O God for the Son of Thy Love, for Jesus who died and is now gone above.” 

Think about that.  We are praising God for Jesus and the incredible Gift and act of Grace and Mercy through which He brought salvation to us.  We focus on the reality that Jesus was not born of the will of man, nor the will of the flesh, but he was the result, the product, and the fruit of God’s Incredible Love!

We are praising God for Jesus and focusing on the life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus and what it means to us.  We are focusing on His Promise to Come Again.  We are focusing on Heaven, Eternity, the Bible, and the Blood of Jesus.  We are emptying ourselves of ourselves and focusing on Him and His incredible Salvation.

The next verse is incredible, “We praise Thee O God, for the Spirit of Light, who has shown us our Savior and scattered our night.”  Hallelujah!  No wonder the words, “Hallelujah, Thine be the Glory, Hallelujah, Amen!” are part of the song.  Sing songs of Praise to God!

I want to move another step into this consideration but will pause here.  Until tomorrow…

“May the LORD bless you and keep you as you go through this day!” 

WHERE IS YOUR FAITH? – Part 2…


Luke 8:22-25 – “Now on one of those days Yeshua and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let’s move to the other side of the lake.” So, they set out. 23 Then as they were sailing, He fell asleep. A violent windstorm came down on the lake, and they were swamped with water and in danger.

24 They came to Yeshua and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re perishing!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging wave of water. Then they stopped, and it became calm.

25 Then Yeshua said to them, “Where is your faith?” But they were afraid and marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him!” TLV

Last time we began considering the question of where our faith is.  We noted that it was not a question of having faith but of where that faith was placed.  So, the question, “Where is your faith?” is a question that we need to answer and realize if we are to enjoy the abundance of life Jesus promised and become those who can and do enforce the Victory of Calvary.

Matthew 21:22 – “And whatever you ask in prayer, trusting (belief), you shall receive.”

What are we to believe?  The obvious is, that we are to believe in Christ and the power of God!  But it goes beyond that, far beyond that.  We fall into one of two categories.  We believe that it will happen, and we will have that for which we have asked.  We will believe that it will not happen, and we will not have that for which we have asked.  So, the question – “Where is your faith?”

The foundation and heart of the matter are learning to point or direct our faith in the right direction and place it upon the right object.  Faith, as God intended, is simple, not complex, or complicated.  Man tends to complicate faith and everything in which he is involved.  We tend to infuse ‘sense knowledge’ or ‘human reason’ into the equation and call it logic.  We somehow seem to feel that we need to understand everything to trust.

Yet, at the same time, we place our total confidence in others and human means without hesitation or fully understanding.  We place our trust our lives in a medical doctor even without understanding medicine or the method of treatment.  We will hire an attorney because we do not understand the law.  Yet, we hesitate to trust the one who created us with our healing, guidance, and provisions, because we do not understand it all. 

I feel the need to insert this comment: “God made us, therefore, surely, He knows how to care for us!”  The bottom line is that it is a matter of trust.  We do not understand all there is to know about salvation or how it is even possible, but we believe it. Then, why is it difficult to trust God in everything?  It is a matter of trust!

Let me offer an illustration that may be of benefit.  I read that once Stonewall Jackson and his sister-in-law were crossing the boiling torrent, just below the American Falls at Niagara. They were in a small boat manned by two oarsmen. The current was so swift that it swilled the boat around so much that Jackson’s sister-in-law became hysterical and terrified.  She believed they were going to sink and be killed. 

He seized her arm and turned to one of the men rowing the boat, “How often have you crossed here?”  The oarsman said, “I’ve been rowing people across for twelve years.”  Jackson then asked, “Did you ever have an accident?”  The man said, “Never, sir!”  Jackson continued, “Have you ever capsized and lost lives?”  The man said, “Never, sir!”  Jackson turned to his sister-in-law and said, “Did you hear what they said?  Unless you think you can do a better and safer job, sit still, and let trust them, as I do!”

The question is, “Who can do a better job, you, or God?”  Can we do better than to put our full confidence in Him?  So, again I ask, “Where is your faith?”  In what do you trust?

Faith is not simply feeling, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, or hearing.  Faith is believing.  In Hebrews 11:1 we read, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

So, I conclude with these declarations:

  • You can trust God with your health.
  • You can trust God with your finances.
  • You can trust God with your life.
  • You can trust God with your eternal soul.

Where Is Your Faith?

God bless you as you enjoy this walk of faith and may it grow ever more wonderful.  Have a wonderful day!