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God honors faith.

Matthew 13:58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Was Jesus’s power limited because of these unbelieving people’s faith? No, He restrained his power from them because it would have landed on death ears and been displayed to blind eyes.

One reason I think God often does not show up in as many miraculous ways in our lives at times is because we do not really have faith enough to embrace such wonders. God chooses to honor faith, and Im not suggesting wishful thinking here but genuine faith, the faith that goes out on a limb to trust God when everything seems impossible or hopless! The faith that trusts and obeys in spite of the odds in the way. God is not in the circus business and does not show his power or display himself in vain. He always is purposeful in what he does and never is waistful. For an unbelieving mind and heart can easily rationalize all sorts of proof away if it wants to.

Fear is another reason that can cause us to distrust Almighty God and plug our ears up to what he has to say! Or refuse to jump off the diving board into the unknown when God says to. Why?

Because we doubt his goodness and control over our situation. So in our own pride and wisdom we think we got things figured out and under control. Sadly though when we think we have the most control we have actually very little control over things. God’s delights in an attitude of total dependence on him.
Real faith is not believing we will get what we want but real faith can resign itself and sign the deed of our lives over to a God we know is all wise and good.

Real faith says, “God I do not know my future but I trust you are in complete control and always do whats best.” Real faith obeys without all the details because it trusts God and believes him!

Romans 4
“3. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.””

Can you ever go wrong in the long run obeying and trusting God? No, not at all!

Psalm 33:18-19 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

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(Heroes of faith, friends of God. Rough start, great finish. PT 1.)

Some of the shining saints and beloved heroes of faith came from rugged pasts, broken families, and bad track records.
No matter who you are or what your past has been, Christ can give you a good and wonderful future.

-1 Corinthians 1:26-29 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
Todays example is the great king David, often called “a man after my own heart,” by God himself. David started life tending sheep and his older brother’s and own father often overlooked him. But God took an obscure Shepard boy and raised him up to be Israel’s next king after Saul.


Ever notice that although the rose is a magnificent flower, it has thorns. Do not just stop loving someone because of first appearances or impressions, because often times the lowly people and poor of this world are great people. God loved us enough to see past our thorns as well. Our thorns of sin, baggage and rebellion. You know what, Jesus still died for all of us despite our thorns, he wore the crown of thorns as he was nailed to a cross for every sin you and I committed. Why? because he saw our worth and didn’t treat us the way our sins deserved. Now let us extend grace to others.


The Christian life more often than not should cause the unbeliever to sit back and reflect what they are missing out on, not what they have to give up. Although there is sacrifice and pain at times in following Christ, there is also the indescribable joy and peace resulting from being loved by and serving the God of the universe who created you with a glorious purpose. Friend if your afraid to trust Christ and give your life out of fear, I encourage you to be reminded that there is no greater blessing. Fear keeps so many from great things all the time, don’t let your fears keep you from the greatest thing.

Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.——Jesus taught this powerfully, he also lived it. On one occasion he went into a Samaritin village and they rejected his message and James and John said “Lord shall we call fire down on them?” and basically Jesus said “Shame on you” Jesus loved even those who hung him on the cross in His dying hour, he cried out “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!” Jesus bled the love and compassion of God through his teaching and life. Let us do the same.

Do not wait for that day that God will really use you. Why? Cause you don’t have to wait, today is that day! Did not Peter write in 1 Peter 1:3 “3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” You don’t have to wait for some special point in your life where you are “more sanctified”—When you trusted in Jesus for your salvation and the forgiveness of your sins he did not give you part of the Holy Spirit, NO, he deposited all of his power and riches in you so that you can live in victory over sin and have what Jesus called “the abundant life” So many Christians are living in spiritual poverty and need not to, I know this because I was too not long ago. Don’t beg God for his grace or strength any longer, but believe it is already in you and in faith just use it. “We walk by faith, not by sight” God’s power is not a feeling it’s a choice that all believers have.

“You Just Don’t have Enough Faith!” they say.

“You Just Don’t have Enough Faith!”

This is a big lie circulating today in many Christian circles. Some will even say, “just get well, you would, if you just had more faith.” This is destructive to say to a suffering or hurting person. Why, because it is not scriptural. If we look at Jesus’s life, we can see first hand that the Father did not spare even his own son hardship.
I believe it was the prophet Isaiah that described Jesus as “A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”

Hebrews 4:15 tells us this “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.”

In essence the very God who created us all clothed himself in human weakness and suffering during the days of his life. Fully God and fully man, and he said to his disciples shortly before he was betrayed in John 16, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

God never promise an easy, pain free, nor illness or heartache free life. When Peter tried to stop Jesus from his mission going the cross, Jesus replied sharply, ” But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Mark 8:33, he then says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Dear friends, a cross can represent many things, it could mean a wheelchair for some, an unpleasant job or living situation for others, finacial struggles, loss of a loved one, cancer, or being lonely. It could mean singleness, infertility, persecution from coworkers and friends, or anything that is painfully difficult. Don’t view your struggles as a sign of a lack of faith but rather a stamp of real faith, for it says, “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,” Philippians 1:29

Can God heal? Does God still heal? Yes! Will he always heal physically? No. It is not always his will to remove a hardship, especially when it can have great potential to develop the three C’s (Christ, Character, and Compassion.) God is so much more interested in healing the lame soul over the lame legs. A lame soul is bitter and useless to the potter, but God can use even the most physically handicap people to advance his kingdom if they let him. Doesn’t matter, physical limitations are nothing in comparison to mindset limitations. God is the enabler and he can use a broken body but he will not use a unwilling soul.

Faith That Moves.

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Romans 8:24 says ” For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?”

Sometimes you won’t always see or feel the results of your hard work for the Lord immediately, and other times it won’t be until you arrive in Heaven till you see the fruit of your labor. Have you ever gotten paid for your job immediately? That’s not how it works. And when you plant a tree or a seed of some sort, does it spring up in an instance? No! Remember, hard work for Christ pays off even when you do not see it, it takes faith to say, “Lord I did this for you with good intent in my heart, now I trust you with the outcome.”

The Lord does not expect success or harvest from us, that is his job…

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Faith That Moves.

Romans 8:24 says ” For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?”

Sometimes you won’t always see or feel the results of your hard work for the Lord immediately, and other times it won’t be until you arrive in Heaven till you see the fruit of your labor. Have you ever gotten paid for your job immediately? That’s not how it works. And when you plant a tree or a seed of some sort, does it spring up in an instance? No! Remember, hard work for Christ pays off even when you do not see it, it takes faith to say, “Lord I did this for you with good intent in my heart, now I trust you with the outcome.”

The Lord does not expect success or harvest from us, that is his job. He does expect our obedience. Galatians 6:7 says “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family

(Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

(James 2:17) In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

We must take an initiative and expect God to meet us.

Faith: Struggling with besetting sins?

This has recently been revealed to me that in my past I had so much trouble letting go of certain sins as a Christian not because I loved to wallow in sin but because I deep down believed I would never break free from certain things. I think many Christians feel this way about certain besetting sins or habits.

Matthew 14:28-30
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!

“Lord if it is you,” sometimes we like Peter can doubt if God is calling us to do something so we may ask “Lord if it is you” and then add “tell me to come to you on the water”

The water itself represents the impossible, but Jesus says “Come,” and God will never command us to do what he wont enable us to. One may say “what if he calls me to give up everything?” or “what if he calls me to die for him?” Well we know that the Apostle Paul not only gave up all for the gospel, lived for the gospel sake as well as died for the gospel sake and he would say according to : 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

“Not I, but the grace of God” now if Jesus commands “Come” will he not also equip?