Faith

February 19, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

One day the apostles said to the LORD, “We need more faith; tell us how to get it.”

~Luke 17:5, NLT

QUOTE

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.

~Martin Luther

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Unless I am missing something, Jesus did not give them a direct answer and He did not confer faith upon them. He did tell them they could do incredible things with small faith. We would all like to have more faith if the LORD would just give it to us but He doesn’t work in this way. Faith is like a muscle, if you want it to become stronger, you have to exercise it. Who wants to work out? We prefer a gift to a workout. Some things God refuses to make easy for our benefit.

I love the story of the Red Sea.  When the Israelites saw the Egyptian army approaching, they panicked. They cried out to the Lord,  and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt?… But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Evidently both Moses and the Israelites continued to cry out to God in prayer because God said to Moses,  “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!” Dr. Vance Havner paraphrase went like this, “This is no time for a prayer meeting, tell the people to get moving.” There is a time to pray and a time to go forward in faith. I believe God wants us to get our feet wet. Don’t wait until you see the sea parting to move: step into the water and trust Him to make a way.

Revival Strip

  • Today we pray for those having TRIALS. There is a family in Grand Bay that has really been up against it. They are salt of the earth people and have been hit hard by cancer. Pray for the Suthoff family.
  • Great News from Memphis. Kane is almost cancer free! {If I understand correctly}
  • Regular Deacon’s meeting this Sunday. Deacon and wives on March 1st and no meeting on March 8th. Remember, we have to Spring Up on the 8th.
  • Kenny Holladay Memorial Fund for next three Sundays. Our goal is 20 houses which translates to $8,000.00.
  • Coldest night of the year last night….6 degrees….that is cold.
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