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.
__________________________

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Delivered

delivery guy knockingI love getting packages from my online orders. I am an Amazon Prime member and it’s made Christmas shopping fun, easy and even economical. There is even cool technology that lets me track the shipments while they are on their way. I usually have my orders delivered to my office because our office staff is there during the day to receive deliveries. If I’m out showing houses and away from the office, I get a text when the packages are delivered. It’s fun to even open the packages and get them ready to wrap for a Christmas gift for someone else.

Job is still suffering from the loss of his family, his possessions and his health. He has been debating three of his “friends” and now a young man named Elihu speaks to Job. I have to commend this young man because he has such a respectful tone as he begins to speak. Check this out…

2 I am about to open my mouth;

    my words are on the tip of my tongue.

3 My words come from an upright heart;

    my lips sincerely speak what I know.

4 The Spirit of God has made me;

    the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:2-4 NIV)

He then tells Job that the Lord may very well send a mediator to console and comfort him. He may send an angel or messenger to speak on His behalf. I actually like the tone of this young man’s words. He seems humble and kind. Check this out…

26 then that person can pray to God and find favor with him,

    they will see God’s face and shout for joy;

    he will restore them to full well-being.

27 And they will go to others and say,

    “I have sinned, and I have perverted what is right,

    but I did not get what I deserved.

28 God has delivered me from going down to the pit,

    and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.”

29 ‘God does all these things to a person –

    twice, even three times –

30 to turn them back from the pit,

    that the light of life may shine on them. (Job 33:26-30 NIV)

While this young man was speaking to Job, he really didn’t understand Job’s relationship with God. I do think what he’s describing though is much how I relate to the Lord. I do have a Mediator Who speaks to God on my behalf. He is Jesus. He intercedes on my behalf and he provided freedom from my sin because of His sacrifice. I can’t quite comprehend that kind of love – but I’m so thankful. Through Jesus, I’m delivered from sin forever. I’m thankful to have the Light of the Lord shining upon my life. It’s as if I’ve received a text saying that I’ve been delivered from death to life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Match Maker

ConversationI see people all the time trying to connect two other people together. If they know both people and they are compatible, then they get introduced and possibly go out on a date. Relationships are tricky and somewhat fragile. When they are built right, they can be incredible rewarding and strong. I believe that God wired us for relationship. He built into our DNA the need for relationship and companionship.

Naomi was doing some matchmaking for Ruth. She gave her some instructions about “turning Boaz’s head”. Naomi learned that Boaz would be on the threshing floor overseeing the wheat threshing process. She tells Ruth to shower and put her best clothes and go lay under the corner of his blanket while he’s sleeping. Naomi told her what to say and then to wait to see his response. So Ruth does everything like Naomi tells her. Ruth secretly goes to the place where Boaz is working and waits until the right time. Check this out…

7 When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned – and there was a woman lying at his feet!

9 ‘Who are you?’ he asked.

‘I am your servant Ruth,’ she said. ‘Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.’

10 ‘The Lord bless you, my daughter,’ he replied. ‘This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: you have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. (Ruth 3:7-11 NIV)

This whole process was important. I believe Boaz’s head had already been turned when he first saw Ruth. He had favor on her and he knew then of her character because of how she had looked after her mother-in-law Naomi. I love the respect that I see from both of them. If this had happened in our culture, there would have more than likely been sexual activity involved. This was the first time that Boaz heard from Ruth the “guardian redeemer” word, but he knew exactly what it meant. In fact, I believe that he had done his due diligence with this young lady as well. In Israel the “guardian redeemer” also known as “kinsmen redeemer” was a person in the family who was to look out for other family members who had fallen on hard times and needed rescuing from hard times. I love the picture here, because Jesus became my “kinsmen redeemer” of sorts. He rescued me from hard times. He rescues me daily from difficulty.

I want to stay connected to the Lord – my redeemer.

I want to be respectful of Him and honor Him.

I want to be obedient of Him and allow Him to direct my decisions and my actions.

I’m so thankful that I met the Lord many years ago and that He still is as concerned with me as He was when we first met. That is literally a match made in heaven.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Jesus – ONLY Jesus

Jesus signI grew up wondering about all the different churches like Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Nazarene, Catholic, etc…  I was a bit confused about so many different kinds of churches. As I grew older, I begin to understand the differences between the different churches – I must say that it makes me a bit sad. As I grew up and checked out things more carefully, I realized that most all of the churches I know of preach and teach that Jesus is the ONLY Son of God. I began to look carefully about what these churches do with Jesus. Paul speaks clearly to the church at Corinth about staying on track with their trust in Jesus. Check this out…

3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:3-4 NIV)

 

I have a lot of different opinions about a lot of different matters related to my faith. One part is crystal clear – Jesus is the one & only Son of God. He came to earth – lived a sinless life and became the perfect sacrifice for my sin. I can’t quite wrap my head around that kind of love, but I will accept it and embrace the forgiveness and grace that Jesus brought into my world.  There are times that it’s not logical to have faith – but I believe in Him anyway. There are times when I don’t understand and can’t figure out what just happened – I will believe in Him anyway. I want to walk with Him and trust Him all the days of my life here on earth. I believe that Jesus is THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE!

Matt Redman wrote and recorded an amazing song that blesses me.

http://youtu.be/8c1r8ssXomw (Jesus Only Jesus)

Pressing On!
Dwayne