According to your Faith & The Day of the Lord

Faith cross TSermon Review – Sunday, January 24, 2016

According To Your Faith Be It Unto You

The Sunday morning message was entitled “According To Your Faith Be It Unto You” from Matthew 9:18-29.

Matthew 9:18–29

While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

The word “according” means “to harmonize” or “to adjust one thing to another”. Continue reading

A Good Report Maketh the Bones Fat – The Bible Amazes Me Again

Proverbs 15:30

The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

Those of us that have studied the Bible for many years have learned to trust its truthfulness without question.  Gone are the days of constant doubt and wondering what parts of the Bible can be trusted.  I have found it to be true by study and experience.

The Bible bears any scrutiny.  It is the inspired and preserved Word of God.  I am amazed at how many times throughout history the Bible has been challenged only to be proven right in measurable areas such as history, archeology and science.  What an amazing book!

The verse mentioned above has brought a smile to my face many times.  I know a body can be fat, but can bones be fat?  At times in my life my fluctuating weight has made me wonder if I might be the poster child for fat bones!

I have never doubted that the Bible is correct in this verse.  But I confess I did not understand the analogy.  We all know the immediate benefits of good news.  It certainly has physical and mental blessings.  However, today as I was studying for a message, I learned an interesting fact.  One of the purposes of human bones is fat storage.  Yes, you read that right.  We all know that bones contain red marrow that produces blood cells.  Yet I learned today that bones also contain yellow marrow.  This yellow bone marrow stores fat.  The yellow bone marrow can become red marrow to help in blood cell production in the event of a great loss of blood or anemia.

Thousands of years before fancy microscopes and expensive tests God told us this medical fact!

Once again, the Bible amazes me!  God is good to give us His written Word.

Read it today and be amazed.

Simple Outline of John 3:16

John 3-16 verseHere is a simple outline of John 3:16 that the Lord gave me while I was going over my sermon for tomorrow morning.  I have never preached it, but I look forward to doing so one day as the Lord leads.  I sensed that I should post this now. I pray it will be a blessing to someone tonight.  If you would take the time to add substantiating verses, it would be a great teaching/preaching help.  Let me know what you think.

God bless.

John 3:16:

Declares God’s Love

“For God so loved the world…”

Describes Christ’s Sacrifice

“…that he gave his only begotten son…”

Defines God’s Terms

“…that whosoever believeth in him…”

Decries Man’s Sin

“…should not perish…”

Details God’s Gift

“…but have everlasting life.”

Trust in the LORD

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
(Proverbs 3:5)

This familiar Scripture has been convicting the hearts of God’s people for 3,000 years. The simplicity of it’s wording belies the power of it’s message. TRUST IN THE LORD. Four simple words that cut to the heart of the great human problem. We just don’t trust the LORD.

How much better would our world be if people would just trust in the LORD? How much improved and blessed would your life be if you would just trust in the LORD? If we trust in the LORD’S gospel, we can be forgiven, made a child of God and live eternally with Him in Heaven. If we trust in the LORD’S Bible we learn all that is necessary for faith and practice that leads to an abundant life on earth now. Oh, why don’t we trust Him?  The heart of man is deceitful and will lead us to misplace our trust in people and things that are not worthy of it. Satan knows the wonderful everlasting results of our trust in the LORD and works diligently to erode it.  Nevertheless, the Bible commands us to trust in the LORD.

The Hebrew word for trust in this verse means to trust, to be confident, to be sure. We can trust the Lord! He has proven Himself faithful countless times during the history of the world. If you could see the overview of your life clearly, you would see that God has never failed you or let you down. Any perceived instance of the LORD failing you will be cleared up beyond a doubt in Heaven. So why not choose to trust Him now? Why not confess to the Lord that in your human reasoning it feels like He has let you down or forsaken you, but you choose to believe the Bible and trust in the LORD.

Trust is a choice.  Every situation affords us an opportunity to believe what God says in the Bible or reject it.  Doubt is an opportunity for faith.  Choose to trust in the LORD.  What freedom we find when we choose to trust in the LORD! Break the chains of doubt that hold you captive in fear, negativity, anxiety, and disbelief! Stop leaning on your own limited understanding and trust the limitless God of creation. It is easy to have a small measure of faith in the Lord that lulls us into a sense that we are sufficiently trusting Him.  We “trust” the LORD when everything is going well, the family is healthy and there is money in the bank.  We trust Him when we can see how trials will work out for good in the end.  Then we fall apart when we can’t understand why God is allowing a thing or how it will work out. This ought not to be!

My friend, choose to trust God in the darkest days of your life.  Choose to trust Him when it doesn’t make sense and you have no idea how it will work out.  Choose to trust Him when others around you tell you to “curse God and die” as Job’s wife counseled him.  Remember that your extremity is God’s opportunity!  Every affliction is an opportunity for faith.  Your faith is the platform that God will use to glorify Himself to the world around you.  Don’t comfort yourself with faith in a few compartmentalized areas of your life, but trust in the LORD with all your heart. Root out any doubt in your life then confront it with faith and convert it to trust in the LORD.

TRUST IN THE LORD!

Interesting Article about God and Science

consciousIf you have a technical mind and enjoy science, this is an interesting article that discusses how science is biased against the concept of consciousness, spirituality, etc, and how that bias leads to an incomplete understanding of our Universe.  The writer does not claim to be a Christian, but explains how an honest view of our Universe requires the existence of a Creator.

It is not a Bible study and thus is not theologically correct, but it is an interesting piece that will engage your mind and help you be prepared to discuss the issue of God and Creation with others.

Let me know what you think.

http://www.naturalnews.com/036376_Higgs_boson_conscious_cosmology.html

How to Pray for One Another

Pray to Praise

When God brings someone to our minds, we should pray for them.  As we pray, we should praise God for the people he brings into our lives.

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,”

Pray to Protect

We must pray for one another to protect them from the attacks of the Devil.

Luke 22:31–32

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

We should pray fervently for those who are struggling with sin, those who are in a great trial.  Those who have forsaken the way of God and are backslidden must be prayed for until they are converted from the error and they way and restored to the will of God.

James 5:16–20

“16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”

Pray to Perfect

As we pray for others, we must pray that they will grow in the Lord.  The Biblical word perfect means “complete, mature”.  We should pray that others will grow in grace and become more like our Saviour.

In several places, the Bible gives us a list of what we should pray for each other.

Ephesians 3:13–19

“13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

Ephesians 6:18–20

“18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Philippians 1:9–11

“9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

Colossians 1:9–11  

“9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;”

1 Thessalonians 5:23

“23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1:11–12

“11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: 12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 3:1–5

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.”

List of Biblical Prayer Requests From the Above Verses:

  1. Protection from Satanic attack
  2. That thy faith fail not
  3. That trials will convert and strengthen
  4. For physical healing
  5. For strength to overcome faults
  6. Faint not at tribulations
  7. To be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man
  8. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith
  9. Be rooted and grounded in love
  10. Comprehend and know the love of Christ
  11. Be filled with all the fullness of God
  12. Boldness to speak the Gospel
  13. That your love may about yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement
  14. That ye may approve things that are excellent
  15. That ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ
  16. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God
  17. Filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding
  18. Thant ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing
  19. Be fruitful in every good work
  20. Increasing in the knowledge of God
  21. Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power
  22. Unto all Patience
  23. And Longsuffering
  24. With Joyfulness
  25. The God of peace sanctify you wholly
  26. your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
  27. God would count you worthy of this calling
  28. Fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness
  29. Fulfill the work of faith with power
  30. That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ
  31. That the word of the Lord may have free course
  32. That the Lord be glorified
  33. That we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men
  34. The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God,
  35. And unto the patient waiting for Christ.

The Pursuit of Wisdom

The following is an outline of the Bible Study I shared at our Men’s Prayer Breakfast this morning.  I thank God for spiritual men who desire to be more like the Master.

May all of our lives be lived in the pursuit of wisdom!

 THE PURSUIT OF WISDOM

James 1:5-8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (6) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (7) For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. (8) A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

1. Wisdom is precious.

a. Skillful living.

b. The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom in act, effect, or practice.

Proverbs 3:13-18 “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. (14) For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. (15) She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. (16) Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. (17) Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. (18) She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.”

 

2. Everyone needs wisdom.

James 1:5

3. Wisdom must be pursued.

Proverbs 4:5-7 “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. (6) Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. (7) Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

 

4. Pray for wisdom.

James 1:5

 

5. Purchase wisdom.

Proverbs 23:23 “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”

 

6. Choose wise friends & mentors.

Proverbs 13:20 “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

 

7. Study wisdom.

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

8. Be wise and God will give you more wisdom.

Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: