Faith Messages to build your faith

Thursday, March 30, 2017

#102 Jesus Said We Would Fast: Level 4

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Jesus, speaking of you and me, said, "Then they will fast" (Matt. 9:15). He was referring to His followers during the period between His ascension and His return. 

   Jesus expects all His children to fast. Why? It is an even higher level of intensity of prayer, level four. Ask, seek, knock, fast. (Google image, Jesus teaching His disciples).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

#101 Level 3 of Prevailing Prayer: Knocking

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Jesus' words to us are, "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matt. 7:7-8). 

   Jesus followed up this challenge with one of His "how much more" promises (v. 11).

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Giving God the Time of Day

Leah Meahl- "Are You done with your three days of silence yet? a girl on my hall asked. Then a guy texted, "Did you find God?"

   Three days earlier, I had told my friends not to text me. Other than attending classes, I would be spending time alone in my dorm room. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

#100 Level 2 of Prevailing Prayer: Seeking

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "Seeking is a more intensified form of prayer than asking. Seeking implies greater earnestness, continued perseverance, and often deeper hunger and desire.

   Many prayers are in the will of God, but they are not instantly granted when we ask. Perhaps repeated asking will lead us to making a special priority of this need. (Google image, Seek God)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#99 Levels of Intensity: Level 1- Asking

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Scripture suggests several levels of intensity in prevailing prayer. In order to help you prevail, the Holy Spirit may lead you to use any of these levels of prayer.

   Some prevailing prayer is very brief. Thank God, often we prevail in a few moments of intercession. These times are not necessarily predictable. (Google image, man praying)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

When Should the Preacher Speak?

James H. CagleThe Bible says, “My heart was hot within me; while I was musing (meditating) the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue” (Ps. 39:3).

   The writer of our text held his tongue until he had something to say. While he was meditating his heart got warm and then hot and then caught fire.  (Preacher, Google image)

   Then he opened his mouth and spoke.  He became like Elihu as he waited to give a response to Job - 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

#98 The Dynamic of Praise - Part 2

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 4. Praise invokes God's presence, God's power, and God's forces. God manifests His presence in the midst of His praise. God is enthroned among His praising creatures.

   God's praise seems in a special way to call Him to be active among His people, calling forth the manifestation and use of His almighty power. (Worship God, Google image)

   Nothing unites us more with the angels of God than joining in praise of God, and perhaps our worshiping and militant praise unites them in our endeavor and in the answering of our prayer.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#97 The Dynamic of Praise- Part 1

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: God has predestined that our Christian lives bring praise and glory to Him (Eph. 1:5-6). We are to be to His praise now and eternally (v. 14).

   Therefore, our lips and our lifestyle should constantly praise God. God rejoices in our praise. We are to begin His worship with praise (Ps. 100:4; Isa. 60:18).

   We are to praise Him with our voice (Ps. 34:1), with song (147:1), and with music (150:3). We are to be clothed with praise (Is. 61:3), and our very lives are to be a praise to God (1 Peter 2:9). (Google image, It's All About Him)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Why It's Too Soon to Give Up

Ron HutchcraftTen more 
minutes and my wife would have 
never been born. 

   The story that changed everything is hope for any of us who love someone who's making some very bad choices.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

#96 Make God's Priorities Your Prayer Priorities

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 4) Make God's priorities your prayer priorities. Day by day God has a highest choice in each situation and for each life.

   As God shows you the prayers He wants you to pray, trust the Spirit to guide you to special urgent priorities at moments of need. You do not know who most needs your prayer or for what need God most needs your prayer at any given time.
(Google image)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

#95 God's Will and Prevailing Prayer

Dr. Wesley L. DuewelOne secret of prevailing prayer is the inner assurance that we are praying in the will of God.

   The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, Father-sent and Christ-given. The Greek word parakletos, used repeatedly by Jesus for the Holy Spirit (John 14:15, 26; 16:7), is very full of meaning. It is variously translated as Comforter, Helper, or Counselor. (Let's pray, Google image)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Growing in the Wind

Mark DeHaan- 
Imagine a world without wind. Lakes would be calm. Falling leaves wouldn't blow in the streets.
    But in still air, who would expect trees to suddenly fall over?

   That's what happened in a three-acre glass dome built in the Arizona desert. (Three-acre glass dome in Arizona Desert, Google image)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

#94 Persevere Till You "Pray Through"

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel:  During my college years one of my fellow students was out witnessing in a slum area one cold night. As he witnessed to a drunk outside a tavern door, the derelict said,

   "Oh, yes! It is all right for you to stand there in your warm 
    coat and talk about  Jesus. What has Jesus ever done for me?"

   Instantly the student took off his worm overcoat and put it around the shoulders of the shivering, coatless drunk. (College student, Google image)