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Faith begins when the will of God is known.
Know the word:
When people say they know God, what they are really saying is they know the word of God. The better we know the (Bible) word of God, the better we know God. We can have faith for so many things, in so many things. But faith in God comes only by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him (Heb. 11:6 NLT).
When you want to get to know someone, you get around them, hang out with them. The more you are around them, the better you get to know them — their characteristics, their mannerisms. After a while, you will get to know how they would react in certain situations — what they would say to certain things. Why? Because you have gotten to know them, taken the time to really know them.
It’s the same way with God: the more we are around Him (being in His Church), the better we get to know Him. The more we hear the word, the more faith we will have to do it. The result is we get to know God: how He does things, how He helps us, His ways. Why? Because we know the Bible. I said earlier, Faith begins when the will of God is known. The more you know the Bible — when I say know the Bible, I mean you act on it, you are a doer of it — the better you will know our heavenly Father, the more you will appreciate Him and serve Him. You can’t get to know God, have faith in God, until you get to know His word.
So, let’s become doers of the word, and not hearers only. Then we will truly see God work in our lives.
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Published on Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 7:06 AM CDT
To endure means: to suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently.
I had to wait in line at the airport for an hour to get through security. Can you think of something in your life that required endurance — something that was hard or required great patience? She had to endure 24 hours of labor. Is there something in your life that requires endurance right now?
Don’t give up:
The truth is, we all have to endure at some time in our lives. The key is not to give up. The Lord doesn’t give up on us. Psalm 136:1 — Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His faithful love endures forever. God’s love for us endures forever. The word says in 1 Corinthians 13:8 — Love never fails. Everything else will pass away, but God’s love for us won’t. He puts up with us. He also says in Matthew 24:13 — But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Endure here means: to remain, basically not to retreat. We must all learn to put up with hard things, discouraging things, in life.
To endure hardships, to remain in times of difficulty, is one of the main keys to succeeding. We must learn to endure hardship as a good soldier (2 Timothy 2:3). It could mean the difference between heaven and hell for us — the difference between success and failure. Learning to endure can save your life.
We will all encounter problems, but let’s endure.
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Published on Monday, October 8, 2018 @ 7:25 AM CDT
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up (Gal 6:9 NLT). The King James Version says, “Let us not be weary in well doing.”
Weary, from the Greek, means: to be utterly spiritless, to be exhausted. Another translation says, “Do not lose heart in doing good.” In today’s world it is easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted with life and its obligations. It’s during these times we can quit doing what we know is right, and it’s during these moments we are susceptible to making mistakes we otherwise wouldn’t make. It’s also a time when we can quit doing what God says is right.
If we are feeling overwhelmed, tired all the time, we must learn how to reset, take some moments to rest, to rest our minds from thinking, worrying about life, all we have to do: work, family, school, making ends meet. If we are not careful, we will run ourselves down to the point of discouragement, even with God. The disappointments of life will begin to add up and knock us even further down.
So, how do I begin to regain my life, my energy back? Disconnect from unnecessary obligations. In other words, maybe you have obligated yourself way too thin. Let go of difficult relationships. Take more time to regenerate. Rest and charge your batteries.
Maybe you hate your job but can’t seem to get to a place to find a new one. Maybe you just need to make a decision to not make a decision so that you won’t allow it to drain you any longer. Maybe what’s drawing your energy is continually meditating on, thinking about, unrealistic, unexpressed expectations of others. This will be a constant drain of your energy.
Whatever we can do to simplify our lives and give us some moments to recharge will help us stay energized and prevent us from making bad decisions.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, October 1, 2018 @ 7:51 AM CDT
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