Faith Messages to build your faith

Saturday, November 18, 2017

What Is Repentance?

Gipsy Smith: "If there is a man or woman who has been trying to live a Christian life and has no joy in it, and no victory in it, and no song in it - I know the reason. 

   It is that they have never repented. They have started wrong. (Google image, Sad person)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

#10 The All-Essential Power

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "You are witnesses . . . but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:48-49).

   This was said to a large group of the disciples by Jesus. The command is clear. We are not ready for Christian witness, service, or leadership until we are clothed with the promised power of the Spirit. (Google image, Jesus instructing His disciples).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#9 The Hand of the Lord Upon You

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "The Hand of the Lord" is a term frequently used in the Old Testament to express God's Spirit resting upon a person whether in grace or in power.

   When God gave Ezra the vision and burden for Jerusalem he went to Artaxerxes with his requests. He reports that the emperor "granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him (Ezra 7:6). (Google image, Living in God's power).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

One Invitation at a Time

Debbie McEwen: How did I come to know Christ? How did I start on my walk with Him?

I was asked the other day how I got to the point that I know him so well that whether I live or die, it is for Him.

If I live I get to do His work. If I die, I spend eternity with Him in heaven. I win either way.
(Google image, Jesus, by permission by Nancy Lee Moran,

Thursday, November 9, 2017

#8 The "UPON"ness of the Spirit

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: This emphasis of the Spirit of the Lord coming upon God's chosen leaders is frequently mentioned in Bible history.

   "The Spirit of the LORD came upon" Othniel, and he became Israel's judge, went to war, and a forty-year peace resulted. Why could he overpower the enemy even though he had no trained army? Because of God's power upon him. (Google image, Bible Sampson).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

#7 Do You Long for Power?

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: It is natural for you as a Christian leader to long for God's power to rest upon you and be evident in your ministry.

   You have often longed for more power in prayer, in your speaking, and in your touch upon the lives of those to whom you minister. (Google image, Firey preacher

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Jesus . . . Your Rescuer

Jesus . . . your rescuer . . .
your deliverer . . .
nothing can defeat Him, 
no problem too big, 
no past too dark,

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#6 Wanted: A Burning Heart!

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: No alternative to the Holy Spirit is available for the Christian leader. He must have a heart ablaze with love to God and love for people. (Google image, Man worshipping)

   Dr. George W. Peters said,

    "God, the church, and the world are looking for men with
     burning hearts—hearts filled with love of God; filled 
     with passion for the glory of God, the gospel of Jesus
     Christ, and the salvation of the lost." 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

#5 He Provides You Gifts

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: He provides you gifts which you are to stir into flame. Spiritual gifts are endowments for service given through the activity of the Holy Spirit.

   God provides whatever divine enablements we need for the service to which He appoints us. (Google image, Gifts of the Holy Spirit) 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Why Pray?

A most perplexing question 
Came to light the other day 
If God is in control 
Then why do men have need to pray 

If God knows all the questions
That a soul will likely ask
Then why not give the answers
Saving all that daily task

That task of spending time in prayer
The way so many do
Petitioning the Lord to give
The things they want Him to

Not really thinking that He'll hear
Or answer their request
Believing that the exercise
Is futile at its best

And if He truly hears
Then why do many fail to pray
Believing that He truly will
Deliver them that day

From given circumstances
That have pressed them to the throne
Where they by their confession
Can make all their feelings known

The answer's not that simple
If you're not in love with Him
Who sacrificed His precious Son
To save the souls of men

For those who choose to love themselves
More than their God and King
Will not discern the reason for
His gift of suffering

For as we suffer need
The more we'll understand His plan
And learn how to appreciate
What He has done for man

If we by our confession
Place our soul and trust in God
Who gave us an Example
By the way that Jesus trod

Example by His righteousness
And by His tender care
That started every morning
With His time with God in prayer

A time of loving fellowship
Just with the One He knew
Would share with Him what He had planned
And what He'd have Him do

As He had need of knowing
Not before the time had come
For Him to open blinded eyes
Or heal the deaf and dumb

For prayer as Jesus taught us
Is not simply where we go
With endless repetitions
Making sure that God will know

The things that we have need of
Or at least desire to see
Because we stopped to meet Him
A short time on bended knee

But prayer is where we go to find
The mind and will of God
Who promised us His presence
All along the path we trod

If we will give our hearts to Him
Each day on bended knee
And wait awhile in fellowship
To see what we might see

That God will share the answers
That we need the most to know
And by our invitation
He will show us where to go

And will with every moment
Give us what we need the most
Through the presence and the timing
Of His precious Holy Ghost
(John 14:11-17, 26)

Why Pray?  Lee Forbes
(Google image, Interfaith praying)

Inject your prayer list with life

Our prayer today-  From Show me by Lisa Buffaloe:

"Now when life hits hard and it’s difficult to stand, pray and ask God . . . 
   From this situation, from every situation, 

Heavenly Father . . .
show me how to get through one more day
help me to see Your loving hand during this difficulty
grant me the ability to remember You are always with me
remind me of Your truth and show me Your truth in Your word
show me how to win against the enemy with Your power

and Your truth
help me discover what You want me to know
show me Your goodness and lovingkindess
show me Your power
show me what I can learn
show me how I can grow
show me how I can develop as a Christian
show me ways I can help others through my own 
show me, teach me, grow me, develop me, and make 
me more like Your precious Son, Jesus Christ.

   Thank You, Father that You never leave or forsake us. 
Thank You that You are just and righteous and nothing is 
too hard or impossible for You. Show me, remind me, help 
me to always remember, no matter what happens, I am 
always forever safe in Your loving heart."

Today's Bible verses-

    “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great 
       and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:33 NKJV).

    “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence 
      is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures 
       forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 NKJV).

    “Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, 
      O You who save those who trust in You from those who rise 
      up against them” (Psalm 17:7 NKJV).

Today's quote-

"On the day when you cry out to Christ, when all your hope has 
vanished and your faith is week, when circumstances overwhelm you, 
when you've been forsaken and mocked, when your only hope is 
that the Lord really does love you . . .

. . . you're in the safest place you'll ever be.

ord I pray hope to those in sorrow and trials . . . 
Not in words from men . . . 
but the demonstration of your power in their lives. For you Lord
to rejoice with them with joy unspeakable when they see your
hand upon them . . . Lord it's like when you told the father 
you knew He always heard you but you spoke for the 
 sake . . . let them hear and see 
I pray . . . thank you for hearing me."

List of recent sermons of CFC ministers CFC Potsdam 
church has a live service at 10 am Sunday's for shut-ins. If 
for some reason you can't make it to the church you usually
attend, click on the above link, and still get fed!

10 ways to disrespect your husband
(without even realizing it).
Lindsey Maestas

"Sometimes we can be so blinded to our own shortcomings 
that we have to take the time to ask our spouses to boldly and 
lovingly share them with us."

Dr. James Dobson- "Romance can mean vastly different things to women 
and men, but for most of us the word describes that wonderful feeling of 
being noticed, wanted, and pursued–of being at the very center of our lover's attention."

(Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk

Popular post:
Oswald ChambersDevotions for 

 "It is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray’; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer."

Upcoming posts-

#5 He Provides You Gifts
31st- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#6 Wanted: A Burning Heart!
11/2nd- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Jesus . . . Your Rescuer
4th- Saturday's post by Ernie Miller

#7 Do You long for Power?
7th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Jean's blog
 (Click to see snippets of the 7 recent posts)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

#4 He Sets You Aflame

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: He sets you aflame with His fiery baptism. "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire," said John the baptist of Jesus (Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16). 

   This refers to "the fiery character of the Spirit's operations upon the soulsearching, consuming, refining, sublimating—as nearly all good interpreters understand the words." (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown, Commentary, 888). (Google image, An on Fire Heart for Christ)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

#3 The Holy Spirit will Set You Ablaze

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: The Holy Spirit loves so tenderly, cares so personally, and ministers to us so faithfully. How amazing that perhaps the most common symbol of this beautiful Person found in the Bible is flaming fire!

   Why does Scripture choose fire to illustrate His presence and role? What blessedness does this suggest for us when we are Spirit-filled?  (Google image, praying crowd

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Camping Psalms

Alyson Kieda: When my husband and I go for nature walks, we bring our cameras and take close-ups of the plants at our feet, which are like microcosms of the world.

   What amazing variety and beauty we see, even in the fungi that spring up overnight and dot the woods with splashes of bright orange, red, and yellow! 

(Google images, [red top] Fungi, [orange] Polypore mushroom).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#2 You Can be Ablaze!

Dr. Wesley L. DuewelAblaze for God! Your personality so suffused with the presence and beauty of the Lord that others instinctively sense that God is with you!

   God's hand so clearly evident upon your life and leadership that a quiet holy power and authority seem to rest upon you!  (Google image, Praising God). 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#1 Foreword for ABLAZE For GOD

Robert E. Coleman: Ablaze for God is a book that speaks to the desperate need for spiritual leadership in the church. 

   One does not have to be a theologian to recognize that persons prepared to minister in Christ's stead are in short supply today. (Google image, ABLAZE For GOD)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Beauty of Brokenness

James Banks- Kintsugi is a centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery.

   Gold dust mixed with resin is used to reattach broken pieces or fill in cracks, resulting in a striking bond. Instead of trying to hide the repair, the art makes something beautiful out of brokenness. (Google image. Broken dish with gold in cracks.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

#150 Will You Join Me in this Prayer?

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Wonderful Lord Jesus—my crucified, resurrected, ascended, and enthroned Savior—I worship and adore You. My interceding King, with what everlasting love You give your holy self to me and to this needy world!

   Thank You, Jesus, that Your throne is a throne of grace. Thank You that at the right hand of the Father, You are interceding now. (Google image, Jesus crucified).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#149 Go Alone With God

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Ask God. Wait on God. He will refill you again and again. You must stay filled with the Spirit to pray in the Spirit.

   You must wait on God if you would be refilled. You must feast on His words, chapter after chapter, if you would be refilled. (Google image, A prayerful church).

Saturday, October 7, 2017


Jean Oathout: Have you ever wondered just what "sanctification" means? Let's explore it today, to learn what it means from God's point of view.

   When someone hears the Word concerning Christ's sacrifice for their sins on the Cross, some 2,000 years ago, and they believe it's for them [1], their acceptance of His provision for them seals their future with Him in glory. 

   They become pure and free from all guilt or evil; sanctification is acceptance by God, given through belief in the shed blood of Christ Jesus. We are then challenged to walk out a sanctified life, bringing honor to Jesus. (Photo by Lisa Buffaloe)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

#148 First, Get the Vision

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Ask the Spirit to let you see the world's people and their need with the loving eyes of God. 

   Then you will understand why Nehemiah wept, why Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul, and a host of others wept.

   Then you will understand why Jesus wept. Ask the Spirit to let your heart feel earth's pain as the heart of God feels it. Then you will weep. Your heart will weep, and if you prevail long enough, your eyes may also fill with tears. (Google image, Prayer

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

#147 Will You Become Mighty in Prayer?

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: You began reading [posts from] this book with the hunger and hope that you might know more of mighty prevailing prayer in your own experience.

   You have thrilled to read about the lives of those whom God has used mightily in prayer. (Google image, Man praying in field).

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Gathered Home

Lisa Buffaloe- While rereading Genesis 
the other day, this verse stood out . . . 
“Abraham breathed his last and died 
in a ripe old age, an old man and 
satisfied with life; and he was gathered 
to his people."  ~ Genesis 25:8 (NASB)

   Abraham died and was gathered to his people. Isaac, Jacob, and others are mentioned at their deaths that they also were gathered to their people. 

Death is not the end. Death leads to life. (Lisa's photo)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

#146 How to Plead Before God (5-7)

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 5. Plead the past answers to prayer. It is always good to praise the Lord for all that He has already done. 

   Remind God of how heavily He has already invested His mercy, His faithfulness, and His power. Remind Him of how the task is incomplete. (Google image, People praying together)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

#145 How to Plead Before God (1-4)

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Here are some of the holy pleas that can be powerfully used in bold prayer before God's throne. 

   Be sure your own heart is pure before God and that there is no controversy between God and your own soul.(Google image, Praying woman).

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Seasons

The coolness of the Autumn breeze embraced my soul today
To let me know that Summer had escaped and slipped away
And soon the chill of winter will envelope all the land
Completing the life cycle that the early Spring began

Thursday, September 21, 2017

#144 Holy Pleadings and Argument Before God

Dr. Wesley L. DuewelThere is a sense in which prevailing with God can take the form of holy reasoning—yes, even presenting holy arguments before God.

   The Bible at times uses court terms for our face-to-face meeting with God. "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD" (Isa. 1:18). (Google image, Praying hands with Bible).

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#143 God's Word Arms with Faith for Prayer Warfare (4-6)

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 4. Faith is your shield in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:16). But it is also a weapon of offensive warfare. 

   Faith feeds upon God's Word and especially upon God's promises until you are strengthened and full of zeal to advance for God. (Google image, Basics to prayer)

   Faith is the essential and inseparable spirit and power of prevailing prayer. We have discussed the dynamic of faith in chapter 13. (The Dynamic of Faith)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

All Eyes On the Sky

 Ron Hutchcraft- Seasoned reporters were groping for words. And almost giddy about what they were seeing.
   The former commander of the International Space Station - moved beyond his scientific detachment - testified to a sense of "ancient wonder." (Looking at the eclipse)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

#142 The Militant Use of the Word (1-3)

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: God's word has an essential role in all aspects of your prayer life. Your communion with God will be based on and include much communion through the word.

   Your praise must of necessity make much use of Scripture as you praise the Lord. Whatever time you spend on your devotional life, surely about half will be spent reading and feeding on God's Word. (Google image, God's Word is food for the soul)