Thursday, April 30, 2015

Faith in Action






My friends, we are not those who give up hope and so are lost; but we are of the company who live by faith and so are saved. (Hebrews 10:39, The Voice)
Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you've never seen. It was by faith that our forebears were approved. Through faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God; everything we now see was fashioned from that which is invisible. (Hebrews 11:1-3, The Voice)
Faith is believing in what is true. Faith has two elements: 1) being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, and 2) believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth.
 
Faith begins as hope and indeed is unseen; so many doubt that it is real. Hebrews 11 – The Hall of Faith – is the proof that faith is a reality that can be trusted.
Like the individuals portrayed in Chapter 11, if we are willing God can and will use us. He often chooses men and women who lack confidence in their own abilities to do His work because He is made strong in our weakness.
Stories of faith and faithfulness are central to Christ Followers. The writer of Hebrews recalls some of the most memorable examples of how people of faith lived their lives. But what is faith? Faith is more than belief; it is trust, assurance, and firm conviction. Ironically most of those who lived by faith never fully realized the promises God had made. Like us they journeyed as strangers and exiles, longing for another country. We should remember their patient faith when we face prolonged hardships and allow the trials we face to strengthen our faith rather than destroy it. If we are comfortable here and don't face suffering for our faith, perhaps we aren't fully living by faith and looking forward to a future hope. 
 

Faith rejoices without seeing or understanding what God is doing – it is the confident expectation. In order to have great faith we must have a personal relationship with God, that relationship comes by reading and studying His Word; believing and trusting in His Son Jesus Christ. God's word must be hoped for, embraced, seized! Luke 17:5 (NIV) The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."
  • C.S. Lewis: "We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as "faith", with the idea that this will somehow insure the granting of our prayer.... The state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense. It is a feat of psychological gymnastics."

     
  • A.W. Tozer: "I do not recall another period when "faith" was as popular as it is today. If only we believe hard enough we'll make it somehow. So goes the popular chant. What you believe is not important. Only believe... What is overlooked in all this is that faith is good only when it engages truth; when it is made to rest upon falsehood it can and often does lead to eternal tragedy. For it is not enough that we believe; we must believe the right thing about the right One.

 




 

Blessings,

 

Cheryl

 


 



Reference: The Voice Translation of the Bible

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Your Light Has Come!

 
 
Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1 - AMP)


Blessings,

  

Cheryl

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Soar!


Word for Today - SOAR

S - Seek God First
O - Obey His Word
A - Ask for Wisdom and Direction
R - Rest in His Promises


Blessings,

  

Cheryl

Monday, April 20, 2015

Guard Your Heart



Proverbs 4:23-27 (NLT)
    Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life.

24 Avoid all perverse talk;
    stay away from corrupt speech.

25 Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
27 Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil.
 
Setting off on the path of wisdom is no casual thing. These scriptures reveal the constancy of heart and purpose, honesty in speech, steadiness of gaze and a right goal in our daily walk and in life.
 
The heart represents the center of emotions, thinking, and reasoning. The heart is crucial in the battle between wisdom and foolishness, between righteousness and evil. Our words originate in our hearts.

As Christ-Followers, our words should build up and not tear down. Breathe life into those around us and those that cross our paths.

Be blessed and be a blessing,

Cheryl

Friday, April 3, 2015

Shout from the Rooftops



 
But one thing we can tell you: we cannot possibly restrain ourselves from speaking about what we have seen and heard with our own eyes and ears. Acts 4:20 (The Voice)

But we (ourselves) cannot help telling...(Acts 4:40 AMP)

Where has God brought you from, and what has He taught you along the way to get you where you are today? Hold on to that, lean on that. Then shout from the rooftops how good God has been! Tell somebody, tell everybody!

Like Peter & John, when people see your boldness, they'll marvel and realize that the only explanation is that you've been with Jesus.

This is one of my favorite worship song - "Rooftops" - click here

Thursday, April 2, 2015

HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY SOUL

HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY SOUL
 
 

 
  1. Lose the victim mentality.
  2. When you're feeling powerless, don't let anyone tell you there's nothing you can do.
  3. LIVE LIFE WITH GOD
  4. Pray and be prayed for.
  5. Confess sin! To God, and when appropriate, to others

 

The pray of a righteous person has great effectiveness

 

If we are willing, God is our song when we are happy, our escape when we are tempted, our hope when we are despairing, our joy in tribulation, our strength in weakness, and our immortality in dying, Ultimately, He Himself is our health.
~ Beth Moore

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