Posts Tagged ‘belief’

  

“Blessed are those…”‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

In July of 2014, missionary doctors Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were diagnosed with Ebola while working with villagers in Liberia, West Africa. After rounds of emergency treatments with an experimental drug, both doctors were declared cured in August by physicians at Emory University Hospital. Why did they live while others did not?

According to The Blaze, Brantly identifies how he believes his life was spared: “He thanked the many people around the world who were praying for his recovery and said that he serves a ‘faithful God who answers prayers.’ It was through medical professionals, the experimental drug and faith that Brantly believes he was healed.”

Does God really intervene on behalf of people? Yes He does! He even uses doctors and medicines. We are blessed when we seek Him, when our reliance is upon Him. We work and do our part, but our faith is that God will have the final say and control. Blessed are those…who live a blessable life! You are loved today! 

  

“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah‬ ‭17‬:‭14‬ NIV)

It was the NFC Championship Football Game on January 18, 2015, between the Green Bay Packers and the defending Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Going into overtime, Seattle QB Russell Wilson had a horrible game throwing 4 interceptions. But with the game on the line, the team still had confidence that he could pull it out. The 3rd-year quarterback then hit Jermaine Kearse on a 35-yard touchdown pass on the first possession of overtime to give the Seahawks an improbable 28-22 win and a return to the Super Bowl. 

The only way that Jeremiah could make the statement he does about God’s ability is because of his supreme confidence he had in the Almighty God, which can only be borne out of experience. Blind confidence is often a foolish gesture that can lead to failure. But to have traveled the long roads with God means that you have seen Him at work firsthand, and NOTHING can shake that confidence, even if the statistics aren’t going your way!

You will always have needs arise in your life. The key is to have a tried & tested confidence in the Almighty God, that He will come through for you, especially at the last moment! Become assured of what God can do! You are loved today! 

  

All these people were still living by faith when they died…not receiving the things promised…” (Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭13‬ NIV)

On Sunday, January 8, 1956, five men slipped into eternity to the shock and horror of the world. As they attempted to reach the Waodani Indians of Ecuador, they became martyrs for Christ. Not a single one of them awoke that morning knowing they would die by spear point, but in faith climbed into an airplane with Christmas morning enthusiasm, believing they would be introducing souls to Jesus. 

Life rarely turns out the way we think it should. That may be why the Lord doesn’t give us greater glimpses of the future, because we might rebel out of fear! But even in our disappointments, we must maintain our faith that God is still in control and that He knows better than we do how things ought to be. 

If you are nursing a shattered faith due to an unexpected occurrence, give it to God and let your heart be reconciled. Faith is trusting God even when it hurts and doesn’t make sense. Let God reassure you that everything will be alright! You are loved today! Believe it! 

  

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This same Good News…is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.” (Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭6‬ NLT)

Researchers at the University of Oxford will spend $3.7 million investigating why people believe in God. Academics have been given a grant to try to find out whether belief in a deity is a matter of nature or nurture. They will not attempt to solve the question of whether God exists but they will examine evidence to try to prove whether belief in God conferred an evolutionary advantage to mankind.

The proof that God does exist is found in churches all over the world today in the form of changed lives! When God changes a yielded soul, it goes against the norms of our human nature: forgiveness, unconditional love, charity, joy while suffering, etc. These are attributes that weren’t in place before, but after a surrendering encounter with God and His Word, they now are!

As you come to church today, ask yourself, Are there things in my life that need to change? Am I still evolving into God’s pattern for my life, or have I stopped and even began regressing towards my old self? Let God prove He still exists for you by moving in your life today. You are loved! See you at church!

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They stood there amazed and perplexed. ‘What can this mean?” they asked each other.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭2‬:‭12‬ NLT)

For years, the Nazca lines have baffled the world of science. They are composed of ancient hieroglyphs in the Nazca desert in Peru. There are various designs, some encompassing very large areas. They feature animal-like designs, human figures, geometric figures and other designs. There are also no specific or known reasons for the significance of each design. For years the lines were preserved due to the dry and windless weather in the state. These lines were first spotted in 1553. To this day, the purpose of these lines baffles many.

When Man comes in contact with the supernatural, he can’t explain it, even though he feels he needs to. But there’s no way God can be explained in our own terms. That’s why faith is so necessary. It’s not whimsical wishing, but a genuine belief and a trust in a Savior that exists all around us.

The Nazca lines are simply one of the mysterious phenomenons of this world that we’ll never understand. But God shouldn’t be! Accept God and His ways on His terms and according to how He describes Himself in the Bible, and His ways will begin to make more sense. You are loved!

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Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” (Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭10‬ NLT)

In the Old Testament, Abraham did an unheard of thing that became an incredible testimony by leaving home to follow God in a blind fashion: “Abraham obeyed God…He went without knowing where he was going” (Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭8‬). We don’t know what his mental process was to step out like that, but we simply know that he did. And by his obedience, life as we know it changed forever.

The hardest part of living the Christ Life is living by faith. Believing for things that AREN’T there, trusting that it WILL get accomplished, and even praying to a God that you’ve NEVER seen is really quite difficult! But without faith, we miss God’s approval. It’s not that God is cruel and hopes we stumble, but knows that if we learn to trust Him completely, life works out in a more desirable fashion!

While Abraham journeyed this life in faith, his greatest faith was for something beyond this life; he believed for his heavenly home. The faith to overcome this life is simply preparation to embrace the life that is to come! Live faithfully! But always aim for the prize of the greatest faith, to see God face to face! You are loved today and forever!

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I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me, that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭3‬ NLT)

There is a place that I love to be. Every year during Thanksgiving, we visit family at Bearden, AR, where my father-in-law pastors a Methodist church. In the bright of the day, with the sunshine passing through the stained glass in the sanctuary, it bathes the room with a warm glow. Coupled with the architecture style inside from generations past, it creates a nostalgia of wonder and peace!

When I sit in that century-old room, it’s like I can feel the generations of Central Arkansas families that stayed faithful to their spiritual post, passing down to each successive generation the faith and beliefs that they themselves had received. And in this very room are future generations of believers being groomed and trained to know what they believe and to stay faithful to the truth, regardless of society’s ever-changing ways.

In a place of continued thankfulness, say a prayer of thanks for countless hands that have helped to pass down the saving knowledge of Christ to you! Beyond persecutions and death, fads and false teachings, it now lies in your hands. Be careful to pass it on to those that follow so that they may share in this blessed legacy too! You are loved today and forever!