Reports on what God is doing through Bible believing evangelical Christians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, India and Ecuador. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
Faith is simply taking God at His word and then acting on it.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29b). These words are for you and me because we have not seen Him in the days of His incarnation.
Jesus is not suggesting faith without the facts, but “a satisfied faith.” It is a faith that is satisfied with God’s provisions and does not plead for visions, miracles or strange experiences as evidence of God’s blessings.
Jesus is saying that a faith without these evidences is superior because it is a mature faith.
God’s word is full of promises to those who by faith act on His truths. God blesses faith in the Triune God. The Bible teaches us to trust in Him, and not the living out of some spectacular experience. The blessings of God are for all believers, and are common to all who call upon the name of Christ as God and Savior.
If we are constantly looking for spectacular miracles, rather than walking by faith in Christ, we will gradually become insensitive to the thousands of normal everyday experiences that God continually gives us.
God blesses those who live by faith, and not by sight. The person who enjoys the great benefits of the Christian life lives by their faith in the character and benevolence of God and not in the evidence of visions, miracles, or other religious experiences.
It is by faith that we become the children of God and enter into His family (Jn. 1:12-13). We received eternal life by simple faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who gave His life for us and rose from the dead (Jn. 3:16; 20:30-31; 11:25-26).
It is also by faith in Christ that we grow in His likeness. We live by faith in Him and He delivers us from spiritual darkness and bondage (12:46). He gives us His life to enjoy today. Jesus is the Bread of Life and He invites us to feast upon Him by faith (6:35). All of our spiritual longings are fulfilled as we walk by faith in Christ.
It is by faith in Christ that He uses us to minister to a faithless world (14:12). When the child of God takes Him at His word He uses us to impact a watching world. The unbelieving world is watching to see what God is going to do in and through your life. Do we step out by faith and trust Him to do the impossible in our lives? This is the only way God will be glorified in our ministry. Without faith we are just like the heathen, who are surrounded by the glory of God and never see it. May God open our spiritual eyes so we can see what He is doing all about us daily.
It is only as we put our trust in God that our eyes are increasingly open to see where He is at work.
The Holy Spirit works through us so that we may point people to Jesus.
By faith we will one day see Jesus in all the fullness of His glory (11:25-26, 40).
What is faith? Faith is our spiritual eyes that looks away from ourselves and focus on the Lord Jesus. Do not rest, then, on your faith, but on the Savior Himself.
It is not the character or degree of faith, but Christ. How much is a grain of mustard seed? Not much. It is tiny, but that is what God requires of us.
Faith is simply believing what God has said regarding His Son in the Holy Scriptures. The moment you do that you are saved.
“Whosoever that believes shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” It is like saying to a starving beggar, “Here, take and eat. Here is a free gift. All you have to do is receive it.” Faith says, “Thank you.”
Lord, increase our faith so that we may see and obey You.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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