Archive | September 4, 2012

Stretching Our Faith…

Welcome Friend and Thanks for stopping by!

I hope the words here encourage and inspire you as you continue on your journey

seeking Jesus Christ – your friend and mine. 

I pray ALL  is well with you

and 

I invite you right now to pause with me for a moment –

close your eyes – 

breathe deep –

focus your thoughts on God and His love.

Without fail – my heart is always cheered and lifted when I do this and think these thoughts.  Surely yours is too and you’ll willingly join me in thanking God and giving Him praise!

Halleluiah!

Today – our Scripture Focus is not from the book of Psalm as it normally is but instead from Romans – chapter 10 verse 17—

“So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”

Friend – no delays – I will get right to it –

is there something missing in your life that you want to experience/achieve?  Something that would require you to make a CHANGE and do something different but you are hesitating?

Well if your answer is yes – please know that EVERYTHING is difficult at first but we must have FAITH, PRAY and forge ahead despite our fear of failing!

Know that many in this life will fail because they are unwilling to make changes.  They refuse to change jobs, towns, friendships, etc.  They choose to  stay in their comfort zones.

On the other hand, I believe many others will and do succeed because of their FAITH and they are willing to go through a little discomfort to experience/achieve a new level in life.

Have you noticed that when you want something you have never had, you often have to do something you have never done?

I have and I stand on God’s Word that —

“I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me”

(Philippians 4:12-14)

God’s Word is full of instances where He gave clear instructions to people – always giving them something to do – knowing full well that it stretched their FAITH – and their obedience was the ONLY proof of their faith in Him.  

People such as —

Abraham(Abram) in Genesis 12:1,2

“Now the Lord has said…Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee…”

Peter in Matthew 14:29 wanted to walk on water.  Jesus gave him a simple instruction to do something he had never done before and Jesus said—

“Come.”

How about His instructions to the Israelites (Joshua 6) —

“March around the walls of Jericho seven days in a row, and then seven times on Sunday.”

Elijah in 1 Kings 17

stretched the faith of the widow, who was down to her last meal but gave out the little she had to someone she did not even know and believed the word of God’s prophet for her future provision in the midst of famine.  She saw the miracle come to pass.

And – we know Ruth(Book of Ruth) left her home country of Moab to be with Naomi and she met Boaz, who changed her life forever.

Our God is an AWESOME God!!!

Let us bow our heads together in prayer —

Father, we need thee and we love you.  Please help us – your children- to move out of our comfort zones and willingly embrace you stretching our faith as we do something we have never done before to achieve something we have never had. 

In Jesus’ name.

Amen. 

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