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HEARERS AND DOERS

God’s Word says that faith grows by hearing the Word of God and by doing - obeying that Word.  Many people are hearers, and hearers, and hearers, but they never DO what the Word says.  Therefore their faith is weak and ineffective and never seems to produce any fruit.  Since God has placed HIS seed of faith in us, it is a perfect seed, but we must do our part to cause that seed to grow.  The book of James says that we deceive ourselves if we only hear the Word of God and do not do what it says.   May our actions match what we say we believe.

SEED FAITH

When we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, we receive by grace through faith.  Grace is the favor of God and faith is like a seed.  Both grace and faith are gifts from God.  Then what do we do with these very important gifts that we have received.  We give thanks for God’s favor, but what do we do with faith?  Jesus said that faith is like a seed.  Hmmmm. What does that mean?  Think about this: inside that seed of faith is the potential for becoming a great person of faith.  We water and cultivate a natural seed and it begins to grow.  We must do the same with the seed of faith.

BE THANKFUL

FAITH is the foundation for believing that things hoped for will be seen in our “natural world”.  What are you talking about?  Do you need a job?  Do you have a loved one that is far away from God? Are you sick? PRAY the prayer of faith according to God’s Word, believing that God hears you when you pray and that the answer is on the way.  Then thank Him for the answer even though you may not see it yet.  When we pray the prayer of faith, then we must stand by faith.  The key to standing by faith is that we continue to THANK GOD for the answer.  Do not continue to ask!  THANK HIM!   THANK HIM!    THANK HIM!!!   

THE FOUNDATION

FAITH is the foundation for believing that things hoped for will be seen in our “natural world”.  What are you talking about?  Do you need a job?  Do you have a loved one that is far away from God? Are you sick? PRAY the prayer of faith according to God’s Word, believing that God hears you when you pray and that the answer is on the way.  Then thank Him for the answer even though you may not see it yet.  When we pray the prayer of faith, then we must stand by faith.  The key to standing by faith is that we continue to THANK GOD for the answer.  Do not continue to ask!  THANK HIM!   THANK HIM!    THANK HIM!!!   

HEAR GOD

Psalm 91says that God will deliver us from the snare of the devil.  That
means when the devil lays a trap for us, God will warn us to turn aside so that we will not be harmed.  Therefore, our ears must be tuned to what God is saying, and tune out other voices.  God also promises to deliver us from pestilence.  What is that?  Deadly and devastating diseases.  These are sicknesses that come unexpectedly and there seems to be no medical cure for them.  We must have faith in God to not only protect us from the devil but also to protect us from deadly diseases.  We build up our faith by knowing what the Bible has to say about the power of God.  We must live by faith and not by sight.

SHELTER

Our place of shelter from things that are too difficult for us.             Psalm 61:1-4 (Amplified)

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].  For you have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary.  I will dwell in your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that].

BLESS THE LORD

May we bless the Lord forever.  Psalm 145:1,8,14,21 (Amplified)

I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever [with grateful, affectionate praise].  The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness.  The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down.  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless (affectionately and gratefully praise) His holy name forever and ever.
                                        AMEN

AMAZED

God is our refuge and our fortress.  He is trustworthy.   He knows your every step and He knows your every need.  He loves us with an everlasting love and He cares for us tenderly.  Do you realize that we are children of Almighty God, the Creator of the universe?  Think about the majesty of His creation.  Then we have to consider ourselves.  Why does God love us with an everlasting love?  We are made in His image.  Sin separated man from God in the garden of Eden.  Jesus was willing to come to this earth and pay sin’s price for us that our fellowship with Almighty God could be restored.  We should stand amazed in the presence of Jesus and be awe stricken by the Majesty of the love of God our Father for us!   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

THE SECRET PLACE

Do you know where the secret place is?  Do you know how to get in to the secret place?  Why do we need to be in the secret place?  You say you sure have a lot of questions....so do you have any answers?  The secret place according to Psalm 91 is in the presence of Almighty God.  We get there when receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and begin to have a PERSONAL relationship with Him.  We stay in the secret place of God’s blessings and protection by FAITH.  If you don’t know why we need to be in the secret place....look around.  It is the only place of safety and protection available for us.  Go to the secret place today and make it your dwelling place.   May God bless you on your journey.

HEAR GOD

Who is laughing when a child of God is living like the world and acting like the devil?  The devil!  Whose heart is calling to you?  God’s heart.  Our faith will not be active if we have turned our backs to God.  He is still calling, but we are not listening.  It has always been important that we hear God’s voice and obey Him, but in this world in which we live, it is of utmost importance that we hear Him clearly.  Therefore we must not have the interference of “other gods” between us and our Heavenly Father.  Let us clear our lives of those things that so easily get us upset and fill ourselves with God’s love and His Word!