Activate Your Faith

Hebrews 11:6

 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

It pleases God when we want to seek Him first in all we do. It shows our trust in Him and His guidance. Having faith means you’re believing in something you can’t see. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that … faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

How is your faith? Is it activated? In order to activate faith we must develop faith. Having a constant relationship with Him in prayer will give us a fresh understanding of who God is and what it means to be in relationship with Him.

When we put our faith in God and diligently seek Him, nothing is impossible. As a matter of fact, faith helps us to desire His will over ours. The word “diligent” means: constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything. When we diligently seek God, we must do it as a “constant” and “attentive” activity.

Do you believe God exists even though you don’t see Him? Are you in constant relationship with Him? Do you pray consistently and diligently? Are you studying the Word of God? By doing these things, you can be assured of an activated faith and develop an intimate relationship with God.

 

What it Means to Live like Jesus

1 John 2:3-6
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

1 John 2:10
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

During my Bible studies, one lady asked us what our thoughts were about verse 6: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

Her thought was that it meant to love everyone. But, than she asked, “What does love mean?” Did we think it is an action word? And, she wanted to know how we interpreted nothing in them to make them stumble from verse 10.

This is my answer to her:
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SEEKING GOD

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:17,18

Life isn’t always easy. Some days, nothing seems to go our way. Challenges pile up, then we become stressed and unhappy. At these times it isn’t easy to praise God. Digging into The Word can comfort our troubled minds.
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We are called

I love the beckoning sound of church bells on Sunday morning. Occasiionally, there is a lull in the traffic and I am able to hear the bells joyful song. Unfortunately, the noises of the city often drown it out. These same noises can also overpower God’s beckoning call if we don’t search for a lull in our lives.

I have added a poem to my Poetry page. It is entitled Beckoning and is about both church bells and God’s voice beckoning us to action.

My Prayer

 

My Prayer

 

Today I will rejoice in the Lord.

He has filled me with joy,

He has released me from sin.

Thank you Jesus, for your sacrifice,

help me be worthy of it.

Give me strength to accept your will,

guide me to follow your way.

Ever increase my life with your riches.

Secure in the knowledge

earthly treasures comfort for a short time,

yet heavenly treasures last an eternity.

I praise you, O Lord, you’re awesome!

You lighten my heart and bring song to my soul.

Humbled by your love, I rejoice.

Praise be to you, O Lord!

Somebody’s Knocking at the Door

I am never alone even in an empty room; someone is with me. As a Christian I know that Jesus is there. In Matthew He says “I am always with you, even to the end of the age”

Jesus is my constant companion: my rock in times of weakness, my support in times of need, and my comfort in times of grief. It is the strength of my faith that carries me through the difficult times in my life.
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Praying for others

Matthew 18:19-20
Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.

“Will you pray for my aunt? She’s going in for surgery.”
“My son is being sent to Iraq. Can you put him and his unit in your prayers?”
“I could use some prayers, I’m not doing well.”
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Letting Go

Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)
Cast your burden on the LORD,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

I try every day to hand over my worries to God, yet I quickly grab them back. I pray for guidance; I say “Thy will be done.” Yet the problem doesn’t go away; it niggles at my mind. I become impatient; I want it solved quickly. It’s hard to give up control.
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His Place

Two years ago I received a NKJV Bible for Christmas. I was elated. The words sounded poetic and fresh, with new meaning and insight. I wanted to read it from beginning to end.

On January first, I began to read; “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” I read every night for several months. One to two chapters a night, with a few minutes to reflect on the words, gave me a sense of peace and helped me easily fall asleep.
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