Faith Messages to build your faith

Saturday, February 17, 2018

So, Tell Me About Forgiveness

Jean Oathout: Do I just say, "I forgive you," and that takes care of it? 

   When we take the time to closely examine how we are reacting to an emotional or physical injury, we may begin to see there's more to it than what meets the eye. (Google image, Two friends talking)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

#28 Let the Passion for Souls Kindle You

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Many of the greatly used people of God, giant leaders of God's people who moved the church and their would for Christ, were marked by this passion for souls.

   Read the following words not with a spiritual nochalance nor a hurried casualness. These words poured forth from hearts of Christlike yearning, from their own Gethsemane of longing. (Google image, Praying man at desk

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#27 Ablaze with a Passion for Souls

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: What a beautiful phrase! Yet how many of us have almost forgotten the expression "A Passion for Souls."  For years it was a tremendous motivating force for God's children.

   Today with the emphasis upon such terms as church growth, 
 counseling, Christian education, and youth ministries we have almost forgotten the emphasis upon constantly winning people to Christ. (Google image, Woman praying, "Teach me to pray!")

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Barrier in Times of Trouble

Deborah Chase-Lauther: "In times of difficulty, when it feels as if trouble is 
washing away your foundation like a tsunami, it is easy to let your flesh begin to dominate your thought life.

   Feelings of resentment and anger may trigger old wounds that the Lord would desire to heal us of; things that we thought we were "over" can so easily surface when the right wave comes along and pounds relentlessly along those weak stones in our foundation. We find out quickly in times of trouble the areas where we need to grow. (Google image, Hoover dam).

Thursday, February 8, 2018

#26 Loving Jesus will Transform Your Life

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Loving Jesus makes you a happy Christian, an expectant Christian full of hope and faith. Loving Jesus will transform your prayer life, both your communion and your intercession.

   It will make putting priority on prayer much easier. Loving Jesus will make you a radiant witness of all He means to you and does for you. (Google image, Man's folded hands on Bible).

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

#25 Ablaze with a Passion for Christ

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Your deepened passion for Jesus must begin with your passion of love, your deeper dimension of love for Him, your more intensely personal devotion to Him, your more constant delighting in His love and more frequent resting in his love. (Google image, Filling with Holy Spirit and revival). 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Price of the Promise

He promised us eternity with no thoughts of our past
If all we are and hope to be upon Him we have cast
He promised us a future with no fear of where we've been
No fear of rightful consequence for years of selfish sin

If we would stop to contemplate the precious Price He paid
The Price of our forgiveness when upon that cross He laid
His bruised and bleeding body He had taken for our cause
And let that scene of agony cause us to stop and pause

From all that tends to captivate our minds and hearts today
And let His Spirit take us to that time so far away
When in that quiet garden drops of blood came from His brow
As He knelt 'neath the burden of our sins that we do now

And cried out to His Father to remove this guilt of sin
If there could be another way to save the souls of men
But if there was no other way which He knew there was not
That He would give Him strength to pay the Price that we forgot

The Price that was demanded at the breaking of God's Law
The Law of Truth and Righteousness that stands in holy awe
Before the throne of glory as the pathway to God's throne
Where only pure and holy ones stand purchased as God's own

Because they see in Jesus the epitome of Him
Who loves us more than we can know more than the host of them
Who have not ever fallen to that deadly curse of sin
The curse that here has fallen on the helpless souls of men

Who cannot of themselves provide a passport to God's throne
For all the years of sinfulness their evil hearts have sown
In seeking self-indulgence at the cost of other souls
Who likewise turned from serving God to try to reach our goals

But if we truly take Him at the promise in God's Word
To be restored to glory if we follow what is heard
Each morning from His Spirit as we take that time in prayer
Applying from His scriptures all the things He shows us there

Then we will see fulfillment of His purpose in this life
As we will know His Presence through His peace in every strife
And by His grace be fitted for our place upon His throne
Because He'll see His image in the ones who are His own

(John 14:1-6; Isaiah 65:16, 17; Revelation 3:19-22)

The Price of the Promise 

Lee Forbes

(Google image, Jesus shed His blood)

Bill & Gloria Gaither - O, the Blood of 

Jesus/Nothing But the ... - YouTube

   Father, we see the price Jesus paid for our breaking of the Father's law of Truth and Righteousness, as undeserving and completely awesome!
   As only pure and holy people will stand at God's throne someday, ones who've been purchased by Christ's own shed blood on the cross of Calvary, we cry out to You to remove our guilt of sin.
   We understand that there's nothing in and of ourselves that would provide a passport to Your throne, for all the years that our sinfulness and evil hearts have sown.
   Forgive us for our self-indulgence to try to reach our personal goals, and all that tends to captivate our minds and hearts today.
   As we remember that Jesus knelt 'neath the burden of our sins in the quiet garden that day, some 2,000 years ago, may we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us of the price of the promise He gave through His death.
   We ask this in Christ's name, Amen.

   Thank You for forgiving our sins and wiping us clean, and for purifying us too!

Today's Bible verses-

     (1 Timothy 3:16) "And without controversy great is the 
     mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, 
     justified in the Spirit, seen of angels preached unto the 
     Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into  glory."

     (1 Timothy 2:5) "For there is one God, and one mediator
     between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus."

     (1 Thessalonians 5:23) "And the very God of peace
     sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit 
     soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming
     of our Lord Jesus Christ."

     (Luke 19:10) "For the Son of man is come to seek and
     to save that which was lost."

Today's quote-

Keila Ochoa- "Only God can cleanse a heart from sin. And as we looked at the mountains, we admired the pure whiteness that scrubbing and bleaching a piece of cloth dyed in scarlet red can't achieve. When we follow Peter's teaching, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out" (Acts 3:19), God forgives us and gives us a new life. Only through Jesus's sacrifice can we receive what no one else can give—a pure heart. What a wonderful gift!"

(Taken from Our Daily Bread®, © 1/31/2018 by Our Daily Bread Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Today's question-

   What are some promises for those who seek God?

Here is a short list:

  • When we seek God with all our hearts, we'll find Him.
  • His Word, the Bible, is the Life-providing food for us.
  • The closer we get to Him, the stronger our connection will be.
  • When we ask for what He wants done, it will be given us.
  • God's shaped hole within us will be filled by Him.
  • Jesus will be with us, no matter what!
  • Fellowship with other believers is an asset for helping us mature.
  • We can always talk with Jesus, meditate and worship Him.
  • Our desires will change, the more we come to Love Him. 
  • We'll spend less time with those who make us uncomfortable.
  • We may be given a ministry to use our past experiences some day.

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Upcoming posts-

#25 Ablaze with a Passion for Christ
2/6th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#26 Loving Jesus will Transform Your Life
8th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

A Barrier in Times of Trouble
10th- Saturday's post by Deborah Chase-Lauther

#27 Ablaze with a Passion for Souls
2/13- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

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