Faith Is Big

 

faith messageI remember digging into this word faith many years ago. I have faith in many areas of my life. It takes faith to ride an elevator. It takes faith to ride an airplane. It takes faith to drive across a bridge that was built in half the time originally projected – or any bridge for that matter. Faith is a part of the fabric of my life. I choose to cultivate my faith in God. I see Him in my everyday life. I’m looking for His activity in my every day, regular life. My faith in the Lord has grown over the years because I seek Him daily in His Word. I don’t dig in His Word to earn my way to Him, I get to see Him more clearly through His Word. I don’t believe that I earn “points” because I study His Word – I’m just hungry and thirsty to know Him deeper. My faith in Him grows as I seek Him. I could NEVER earn my way to Him. Check this out…

13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, 15 because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.

16 This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of Abraham’s faith. He is the father of us all. (Romans 4:13-16 CSB)

I am stunned by His Grace.

He made a way to save me without me.

He made a way to the Lord that only requires my faith in Him.

I believe in God the Father. I believe in His Son Jesus. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in eternal life. I believe I am saved NOT because of what I’ve done, but because of what He has done. Jesus made a way for me. My faith in Him grows deeper the more I investigate His heart. My faith seems small at times, but it’s getting bigger the more I know Him.

I recently heard this song by Elevation Worship out of Charlotte, NC.

O Come To The Altar

Are you hurting and broken within,
Overwhelmed by the weight of the sin,
Jesus is calling.
Have you come to the end of yourself,
do you thirst for a drink from the well,
Jesus is calling.

O come to,
the altar,
the fathers arms are open wide,
forgiveness,
was bought with,
the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Leave behind your regrets and mistakes,
come today there’s no reason to wait,
Jesus is calling.
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy,
from the ashes a new life is born,
Jesus is calling.

Oh what a savior,
isn’t he wonderful,
sing hallelujah Christ is risen,
bow down before him,
for he is lord of all,
sing hallelujah Christ is risen.
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Pressing On!

Dwayne

This I Know

 

i want to know moreI actually believe that I know lots of stuff. I know my family. I know what day it is. I know right from wrong. I know good versus bad. I’m not being braggadocios, but as an older man with lots of different kinds of experiences; I’ve learned a good bit. There is still a bunch that I don’t know. I don’t know how to work on airplanes. I don’t know a lot about medicine. I don’t know a lot about how cell phones work. I don’t know a lot about satellite technology. I actually have a lot to learn even though I know a lot.

Job was once again pushing back on his friends who were lecturing him that he had obviously sinned against God and he was being punished. Job was not convinced that he had sinned at all. I think he was struggling to be respectful to the Lord as he cried out to Him. I do believe Job had a deep and strong relationship with the Lord even in spite of losing his family, his possessions and his health. Job responds with what he knows in the midst of this unhealthy debate with his friends. Check this out…

25 I know that my redeemer lives,

    and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

26 And after my skin has been destroyed,

    yet in my flesh I will see God;

27 I myself will see him

    with my own eyes – I, and not another.

    How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27 NIV)

This short passage reminded me about what I know about the Lord. I realized that not everyone will understand my relationship with Him as they maybe haven’t walked through what I’ve walked through with the Lord. I can’t imagine having gone through some of the suffering in my life without Him walking with me through it. He has never forsaken me and left me on my own. I started repeating a phrase years ago in the middle of one of the storms of my life that goes like this: “Go with what you know until your feelings catch up.” I’m not sure where it came from, but it reminds me that my feelings and emotions can be fickle and temperamental for sure. If I want to walk steady with the Lord, I have to trust Him even when I can’t see Him or feel Him. These are the times that I have to lean into and stand upon His promises in His Word. He promises that He will not leave me and He hasn’t.

I’m going with what I know about Him versus how I feel about Him today and every day.

I love this simple song by Crowder called – This I Know

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Know vs. Known

Abstract Silhouette PrayingI know some things about life in general. I know some things that won’t work and I know some things that will work. I know enough about some things to be downright dangerous. There are other things that I know very little about. I know what I believe about God and His Word. I know what I believe about Creation. I know what I believe about Salvation.  I know what I know, but it’s way more important to be known by God. Check this out….

But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. 2 Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. 3 But whoever loves God is known by God.
4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:1b-6 NIV)

I want to be known by God. I love the Lord and I want to live my life to honor Him. His Word says that he will know me.  He is like no one else on this earth. He is the Creator of all that I see and know on this earth. He is worthy of my genuine love, utmost honor and respect. He is the Amazing Almighty God who sent His one and only Son to this world to serve as a sacrifice for my sin. He loved me first and to be known by Him all that is required is love.

I can’t begin to wrap my head around all the amazing characteristics and facets of God. I just know that I feel His Presence in me. My obedience to His call upon my heart is crucial to me knowing Him deeply. When I follow His call, my trust for Him grows and His love for me deepens. I want to be known by God above all else.

Pressing On!
Dwayne