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Faith Is Refusal to Panic

Fear not. “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

Panic comes naturally to some. But, with prayer, God’s help and repetition practice, panic can become a thing of your past.

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Step out on Faith

Or as Peter understood it, “Faith is believing the water will harden when you step out of the boat.”

Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 

“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”

Come!” He said.

And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

-Matthew 14:27-31

In what areas of life is God asking you to step out in faith? How might strengthening your relationship with God help you take this step?

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Christian Defined

I have some family members who believe they are Christians. They think this because they were born in America, they are good people and they have some belief in God and Jesus. This is why they are not Christians.

1.Being born in America does not make you a Christian no more than being born in a garage makes you a car.

2.Being good does not make you any religion, it just means, according to your standards, you are a good person. (But are your standards good enough?)

3.Believing in a God and having a relationship with God are two different things. The same goes with Jesus being God’s Son. Knowing this as a fact and basing your life around it are also two different things.

Christians in the Bible were called such because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ Jesus. The actual definition of Christian is a follower of Christ. The Bible says that good works do not make us acceptable to God. In other words, a person can live to a high moral standard, give money to feed the poor, go to church, and serve their neighbors, and yet not be a Christ follower or “Christian.” (Titus 3:3-6, Ephesians 2:8-9) If you read these verses, they clearly share that salvation (being born again) is a gift of God. Nothing we do can earn us salvation. A true Christian is a person who has accepted God’s gift of salvation and put their faith in Jesus Christ. This includes accepting Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sins and His resurrection as proof of His power over death. This faith changes how they think, act and speak and the Bible is our “go to” on how to live or life. We believe it in its entirety. No picking and choosing what works and what doesn’t work for us. This is what a Christian is.

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Light Of The World

My children are nervous in the dark. To help them feel more secure, they each have a little turtle that, when turned on, shines stars on their ceiling. These turtle nightlights, for as small as they are give off a lot of light. I wouldn’t put the nightlights in my children’s rooms and cover each with a blanket. That wouldn’t make any sense. Why turn it on at all just to cover it up?

Matthew 5:14-15 says, “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.” If you have Jesus you are a light in this dark world. But many of us try to hide our light from those who might not approve or accept us. We talk just like them, dress just like them, laugh at the same jokes, watch the same shows, sing and listen to the same music. Like the verse says, we put our light under a basket. But, why have the light at all if you’re just going to cover it up? Verse 16 tells us why we have the light, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” If you hide your light God doesn’t get glory. Don’t hide your light, but let it shine.

Where or when do you most likely hide your light? Will you let it shine?

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Pray And Let God Worry - Martin Luther

Have you ever had a time when worry ran you over like a bus? The saying is true for me that 95% of what I worry about never happens. Living in the “what if” world can be so time consuming and focus stealing that we miss the joy in what is really happening. There are a lot of scripture verses that can help us deal with worry.

Psalm 62:1-2 says, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in ALL circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

But my favorite is Isaiah 43:1-3 “…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk thru the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy one of Israel, Your Savior…”

Worry and fear cannot live in the same heart as faith. Next time you feel overwhelmed with worry, pray and claim the promises of God. Call out and ask for Him to take over. Nothing happens to you that surprises our heavenly Father. He will take your hand and lead you through to the other side where you will find peace and comfort in His arms.

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God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible. AW Tozer

I’d like to say my faith is at that point where God can use me to do the impossible, but I don’t believe I’m there yet. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus says, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” There are many who God used to do the impossible. Daniel slept with lions without a scratch, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked out of a fiery furnace without even the slightest sing of hair or clothing, a woman with a blood disorder was healed because of her faith after touching Jesus’ cloak.

I know that my fear of what others think of me stops me from letting my faith soar to the side of the impossible. My prayer is that God would help me care more what He thought of me than what others think of me. What holds your faith back? What keeps God from using you to do the impossible?

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When I think of stepping out in faith the scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade comes to mind. You know the one. It’s where Indiana Jones’ father has been mortally wounded and Indy has to find the cup Christ drank out of, fill it with water, and bring it back to heal his father’s wound. His first act of faith is walking on a bridge he can’t see to cross what might as well be a dark bottomless ravine.

Stepping out in faith has little to do with us and what we think we can and cannot achieve. It’s more about our trust in God. Verbally, it’s easy to say “God is trustworthy.” This is a correct fact and statement. But, to act on it can be difficult. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” The more we seek God the more our faith in God will grow. We will start to see His faithfulness more and more. And one day, that leap of faith won’t be as challenging as it once was perceived. (And how we perceive things can be very wrong.)

Today, spend a little more time seeking God. And ask Him to help you trust Him more.

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My husband always jokes about believing in bigfoot or sasquatches. According to him, believing in the Lock Ness Monster is crazy, but bigfoot is real. A neighbor of ours has a silhouette cut out of bigfoot attached to the far back of his fence and my husband points it out every time we pass it. He and his barber (since childhood) joke about this American mystery and those who are… overly curious about bigfoot. And, although science has little evidence to support the bigfoot theory, that doesn’t stop people from believing.

In John 20, Thomas (also known as doubting Thomas), one of Jesus’ disciples was told to touch Jesus’ wounds to help him believe in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. And he did believe. John 20:29 says, “Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed.”” I don’t know where I stand on the discussion of bigfoot, not do I really care. But, I know that I am blessed for I do believe in Jesus and His resurrection without seeing or feeling the scars in His hands.

Do you have trouble believing? Then, I would suggest a few books of people who did as well. These books show their research and their conclusions.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh & Sean McDowell

A Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace

If you knew the worlds electricity would be turned off for good, would you not research how to survive without it? If you knew you were going to be in a sinking ship, would you not learn how to swim? If you knew that one day you will die, would you not research how to prepare for it? (Wait, this last one is true for everyone.) Or, do you wait, hoping to have enough time before you last few breaths to do some research?

Do you believe in Jesus and His resurrection? If so, type YES into our comments.

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But the fruit of the Spirit is:

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-control

“There is no law against these things!” – Galatians 5:22-23

I once was struggling with my salvation. I was constantly asking God, “Am I saved? Am I one of Your children?” Galatians 5:22-23 was one of the passages that helped me find the answer I was searching for.

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But, before I go any deeper, let me say that questioning your salvation is ok. It is okay to doubt. What is not okay is sitting in that doubt and in those questions and doing nothing about it. When you face doubt don’t be lazy. Get busy and do the research. Read your Bible. Talk to reliable sources. Don’t take anyone’s word as is, but compare it to the scripture. Continuously pray asking for God’s help and guidance. As Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr says, “God gave you a brain and He expects you to use it.”

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In my struggle, my pastor preached on Galatians 5:22-23. I realized that if I had the Spirit then I was saved. And the way to know if I have God’s Spirit was based on my fruit. I remember what my old self was like. So, I compared my old self with what I thought to be my new self, the one lead by God’s Spirt. Was I showing love? Scripture says that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) I know I was not perfect, but was I trying to show others God’s version of love, or a more selfish, worldly version of love?

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Joy, do I have joy even in tough situations and when I’m stressed? Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica that “for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:6) indicating that joy is associated with God the Holy Spirit. So, to have true joy I must have the Holy Spirit.

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Peace, do I have peace in troubling times? And where do I turn when looking for peace? Romans 14:17 says that “righteousness and peace and joy [is] in the Holy Spirit” So, to have real peace I must have the Spirit.

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There is a long list here, so I’m not going to cover them all. But, if you are struggling with doubt and your faith I suggest you do your own research. Find scriptures that explain each fruit of the Spirit and compare your old self with your new self. Ask God for His help and guidance as you do your own research. But, whatever you do, don’t be lazy; don’t put it on the back burner. Get it taken care of asap.

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Which fruit of the spirit means the most to you?

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