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“What Should You Do If God Seems Silent Or Absent?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What Should You Do If God Seems Silent Or Absent?”

Does it seem as if God has packed up, moved far away, and left no forwarding address for you?   Are you going through a painful situation and you are not sensing His presence, promptings or hearing His voice?  Have you been praying to The Lord and all that you’re getting back is “silence?”

I recently read in a newsletter the following words, “When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is remember, the teacher is always quiet during the test.”  

While that’s a cute and humorous saying, the truth of the matter is that many people believe “silence is painful when it comes to God in our lives.”  For it often leaves a person confused, agonizing with uncertainties entering into their minds and even wondering if God has completely abandoned them.

In 1st Kings Chapter 19, we read the story of the mighty Prophet Elijah.  He had just been used by God to perform a great miracle which resulted with the destruction of 450 false prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel.  But afterwards, when he received word that the wicked Queen Jezebel wanted to destroy his life, he fled away.  For he had complained about how he was being treated and began to think that God had now abandoned him by being silent.

Then in 1st Kings 19:10 NIV, Elijah cries out in sheer anguish, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

We see in this passage of Scripture that Elijah’s concerns were not true.  Elijah thought God was silent and that he was the only one left standing for The Lord. God, who is never silent, revealed to Elijah that He had an army waiting in the wings, ensuring Elijah that he was not alone.   In 1st Kings 19:18 God informed him “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

God is NOT indifferent to the needs or the dangers that face His Children. He is always mindful of the tears and cries of His people.

If you’re not sensing or hearing God’s voice in your life, then the very first thing you must do is to examine your heart and make sure that the following sins are NOT in your life:

That you are not harboring secret sins, that you are not filled with anger, that you are not full of unbelief, and that you are not carrying grudges or walking in unforgiveness.   That you are not living a rebellious lifestyle or not following a rebellious spirit, that you don’t have the wrong image or portrait of God,  or that you’re not too busy to spend intimate quality time in God’s Word.

But, if you ARE living a prayer-less life instead of a prayerful life and if your love for the world is still greater than your love for God, then know that it’s time to repent and make changes in your heart.

Whenever it may appear that God is silent, HE NEVER IS.  What may look like silence or inactivity is just Our Lord working things out both inside of us and orchestrating in our affairs.  He’s then allowing you the opportunity and privilege to draw closer to Him and listen to “the still small voice” of The Holy Spirit.  Then you will receive a fresh revelation of His Love, Grace and Power as you STAND ON HIS WORD.

As you’re standing, don’t panic and be moved by what you see.  Standing is your statement of faith, even if you’re still under pressure that you believe God’s Word.  Standing means that you’ve set yourself to hold fast to the Word and Promises of God with the confidence that He will do what He said He would in His Word.

Yes, there’s always going to be times where we as believers will have to STAND IN FAITH, WALK IN OBEDIENCE AND ENDURE HARDSHIPS as we wait on The Lord. But rest in the assurance of His gracious promise, as declared in Hebrews 13:5, where He promised “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Running To Win Or Just To Get By?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Running To Win Or Just To Get By?

Problems do not change who you are; they reveal what you are. So regardless if you find yourself in a severe winter storm or blistering summer heat of life, you must adopt the mentality of an athlete and continue to persevere on your journey.

Hebrews 12:1 NIV says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

While observing the ancient Grecian games, which exercises or events consisted of running, wrestling, hand to hand combat and fighting, The Apostle Paul presented the allusion of the athletes in these games to believers on their Christian Journey.

In view of these events, the athletes had to take an oath that they had been in ten months of disciplined training and wouldn’t violate any of the regulations. Then they lived enduring rigorous exercise while experiencing painful exertion through cold and heat. Then they followed a strict diet of refraining from wine and certain foods, and lived a life of self-denial so that nothing could be left undone and prevent the winning of the crown.

Then once the events began, a great multitude of spectators, usually, occupied the circular seats in the amphitheater, from which they could easily observe all of the athletic events and cheer on their champions. In like manner, he revealed that the “stadium or our race” is our world and that we should be encouraged by the example of the multitudes who have run the same race before us, and who are possibly now looking down upon us from heaven, observing our conduct and seeing our conflicts, are cheering us on to victory.

However, then The Apostle places the Christian race in contrast to the games; in that only one can only receive the prize, though all participated. However, in the Christian race, all that run will receive the prize. So we are to run with purpose, not aimlessly, with such perseverance in the heavenly course to please God and get to heaven just like others do to obtain their earthly prize.

Now in order to diligently run, you are further instructed to put aside any type of weight or encumbrances that would slow you down or keep you from finishing or winning the race.

There’s always the present danger of yielding to fleshly desires, pampering the body, fulfilling its lusts or satisfying its appetites, dangers of pride, vanity, worldliness, or in having an ungovernable temper, a corrupt imagination, an insensible heart, or an unholy relationship. Whatever else it could be, we are advised and encouraged to lay it aside or cast it down.

Remove anything which can obstruct your progress and keep these dangers from impeding, overburdening, preventing, controlling or weighing you down so you may win the divine prize.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Ready To Leap Into Action?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Ready To Leap Into Action?”

Can you think of anything so valuable or worthwhile that is keeping you from either immediately coming to Christ or doing His Will?

In Mark 10:46-52 we have the wonderful account of Bartimeus, a blind and improvised beggar who after hearing of Jesus and His miracles, learned that He was passing by and hoped to recover his eyesight.

Verses 49-52 NIV says:  Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up!  Get on your feet! He is calling you.”  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”  “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

In reading verse 50, I began to pause and wonder why that verse did not just say, “And he came to Jesus.”  

The Apostle Peter was an eyewitness to this event and in his recalling this story to Mark to record it down, placed great emphasis on this blind man’s immediate action of throwing off his outer garment and the speed that he came to Jesus.

In his excitement of being noticed and called by Jesus, with full joy at the prospect of being healed, blind Bartimeus quickly threw off any restriction, impediment, bondage, entanglement or weight that would prevent him from running to Jesus.

Not only should this be the manner in which a sinner first comes to Jesus Christ but in every aspect of your life thereafter, from conversion until our translation into eternity, you should continue to put down, cast away or throw aside any weight that would prevent you from walking in obedience to Christ.

Hebrews 12: 1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Just like he cast his outer garment away, you too must “put off the old man” which represents your former conversation,  lifestyle, mentality and fleshly walk.  Then answer to the calling of The Holy God, repent sin, renounce Satan and the works of the flesh,  be robed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, walk in holiness, be filled and led by The Holy Spirit.

You Are Being Summoned By The Holy Spirit of God!   Whatever is a hindrance to your surrender, fellowship, work and service to The Lord, whatever is restraining your heart, a yoke of bondage or preventing your worship, lay it aside or cast it down.  Don’t allow anything that’s useless, unprofitable or full of pride or vainglory to keep you from Christ or doing God’s will.

Are You Ready To Spring Into Action, Draw Closer To God And Surrender To His Will?  

Delays can have long lasting or devastating effects and serious consequences as you are being sought, drawn or led by The Holy Spirit of God.

Is there really anything worth missing out on the fellowship and blessings of Christ Jesus?

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

Today’s Daily Devotional From Pastor Andrew Bills

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Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

 

Philippians 4:13 NASB says,

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me..”

With confidence in God’s word and the help of The Holy Spirit, you can bear up under any trial, perform any duty, resist any temptation, pierce through any darkness, overcome any evil, start any dream and accomplish any goals that Christ has placed in your heart.

So, who told you that you can’t when you can!!!

You’re not too old to learn something new or not to young to serve The Lord.   He is the arm that we must lean on and the strength that we must trust in.  He alone is our way of escape through the wilderness journey, the only one that can restore that which has been devoured and our only hope towards victory.

“Yes You Can” for Christ will enable you to begin, conduct and perform all things by having faith and relying on Him.

This is one of the most memorized and quoted verses throughout the Bible, but do you really believe it?  Don’t doubt God in your heart for God still uses the “foolish things in the world to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty.”  (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Even though The Apostle Paul was imprisoned, he wrote this passage of scripture because he knew that The Holy Spirit is almighty and has unrestricted, supernatural and divine authoritative power.

So even while incarcerated, He continued to take care of the churches and to preach the gospel, while bearing afflictions and persecutions. Through the presence of The Holy Spirit, he endured continual slander, cruel  and torturing opposition all for the sake of Christ.   Not in his own strength, for even Paul was aware of his own weaknesses, but in his reliance upon the Spirit of God.

It is only through our spiritual union in Christ Jesus that we are made sufficient.  Through His Word and Holy Spirit, believers are strengthened, unrestricted, enabled and empowered to face and press forward despite the challenges, lack or hindrances.

Consider the other original Apostles and early Church saints, who without the benefits of our modern technology  or transportation, took the gospel of Christ to the world.  No telegraph, telephone, automobiles, jet airplanes or no comfortable ocean liners.   No computers, internet, printing presses, comfortable hotel suites and no credit cards.

Without any of our modern conveniences, while under great persecution and other horrific opposition, they took the message to the world, shaking towns, villages regions and nations with the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

How much more are we enabled, with the help of The Holy Spirit of God, to achieve a dream or accomplish a desired goal?

What a privilege it is to be a Christian!  To know and have God as our “Unchanging Father and Friend” in these rapidly changing and very tough times.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Which Came First – The Chicken Or The Egg?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Which Came FirstThe Chicken Or The Egg?”

Have you ever met self-made “geniuses” who will even try to impress you that they are even smarter than God?

While out in a public place one day, I overheard this man ask that question to another person.  Sensing his spirit of pride, I interjected my humble but unexpected answer.

“According to the Bible, in Genesis chapter 1, God created all the animals.  So obviously the hen and the rooster came first because they were both needed in order to produce eggs.”

I am always seeking for a way of introduction into any conversation or to start a new conversation whenever I am in a line at the post office, supermarket, bank or the Department of Motor Vehicles.  There are so many wonderful ways to share Christ and The Word of God.

“Interesting,” said the man with the spirit of pride.  “But I have another question:  If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a noise?”

Immediately, I recognized the arrogant spirit of pride that I was facing as The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance a verse from The New Testament.

In 2nd Timothy 2:23 NIV, The Apostle Paul said, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid questions or arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

Ignorant here does not mean uneducated.  The word “foolish, ignorant, stupid or unlearned” here simply means “TRIFLING,” or that which does not lead to edification.   Moreover, it reveals those that are arrogant and filled with pride.

Preaching, teaching, witnessing or giving godly counsel is The Lord’s method of sharing and dealing with those in sin, unbelief and error.  The same God, who gives truth by His grace, can open up hearts to acknowledge and receive it unless that individual is dead set in his ways to rebel against it.   However, quarreling or arguing is not God’s way for it will only lead to counteractive results and continued fighting.

Nothing can be more emphatic than The Apostle Paul’s warnings against foolish and silly questions and controversies in this realm as he gives instructions that such ought to be avoided, publicly and privately.  Foolish questions are only aimed at breaking your peace and are a further attempt to hinder the progress of your sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The Greeks and the Hebrews were greatly given to controversies of various kinds, and many of the questions discussed pertained to points that could not be settled or were of no importance.  Such are to be avoided.

Those that are caught up in themselves are a snare because they belong to the devil and are a slave to him through the spirit of pride.

I encourage you to continue to share and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ but don’t allow yourself to be “side-tracked” by foolish, argumentative or trifling questions straight from the pit of darkness.  Shake the dust off your feet and move on to speak to others about our wonderful Savior and Lord.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Walking With God Until You Can’t Be Seen?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Walking With God Until You Can’t Be Seen?”

Are you an eminent example of faith in Christ so that those around desire to call upon the name of The Lord?  

Walking with God and enjoying His Presence isn’t just an awesome experience in the life of any believer, but it’s also a wonder witness and picture of the Living Christ within and His transforming power.

Genesis 5:24 NIV says that, “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”

Upon the birth of his son, Methuselah, Enoch received a revelation of God that so dramatically impacted his life that he not only began to walk with God, but walked with such an intimacy and closeness for the rest of his life. 

His life was so emphatically distinguished by his obedience and intimate fellowship with The Lord that,  “God took him away.”

Now, from a historical perspective, we know that before the judgment of the Flood, Enoch was raptured or “translated that he should not see death” according to Hebrews 11:5.….

But what does this mean to us today?

In the future, while we know that all believers shall be raptured or translated to be with God, today it means that we are to live and walk in such a way that Christ can be seen more in our lives than our very own natural or fleshly character.

So often, the natural, carnal, worldly and fleshly desires and actions of so many Christians clash with the will of God, the person of Christ being seen through them and the leading of The Holy Spirit in their lives.  But God wants less of you and more of Christ to be seen.

Are you allowing His Love to operate through your life and impact those in your surroundings?   Are you allowing the fruit of the Spirit (according to Galatians 5: 22-23) to flow through you and influence others in your regular daily activities?

Walking in meekness is not a sign of weakness.  Being strong in The Lord has absolutely nothing to do with having an arrogant personality or mean character.  Walking in faith and being directed by The Holy Spirit has nothing to do with just using mere human reasoning.   Forgiveness is the first step in recovery, but it’s a small humble step that so filled with pride won’t take.  We all must realize that any “secret sins under any cloak of darkness” are always open scandal in heaven above.

All believers must learn to say what John The Baptist declared in order to give God the glory, “I must decrease so that He may increase.”

Today, so many are always looking for the negative in people’s lives or in what they’re attempting to do.  The issue is that we’re all “flawed”.  We’ve all made mistakes, sinned and come short.  But, by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, believer’s lives should be so transformed that when others observe us, their lives should be  influenced, impacted and even persuaded to look to Jesus Christ.

Can others see Christ within you?

 

“Have Things Gotten Worse Since You’ve Called On The Lord?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have Things Gotten Worse Since You’ve Called On The Lord?”

 

Does it seem as if your circumstances have escalated since you’ve called on the Lord or have been waiting on God? Often, because of our impatience and demanding immediate answers, people don’t recognize that The Lord is attempting to elevate your faith to another or more mature level as you’re waiting on God.

Many are continuing only to focus on their gloomy situation instead of giving Christ their undivided attention, turning things over to God, standing on His Word and then listening to the voice of The Holy Spirit. 

Sometimes things will even appear to get worse as you stand in faith but don’t let the opposite of what you’re believing The Lord for distract you away from faith in His Word.

It is possible that The Lord is trying to enlarge your testimony as you learn to prevail and pierce through the darkness surrounding you.  So, whatever the passing time period, realize it’s not a time to give up, break down or pass out.  IT’S YOUR HOUR TO BELIEVE HIM!

In Mark 5:21-43 we read the amazing account of two miraculous healings of Jesus while moving among the people.  A synagogue leader named Jairus came and  fell at the feet of Jesus, pleading for Him to come and heal his little daughter who was at the point of death.

As Jesus proceeded with Jairus and His disciples, another event occurred which caused an untimely and unfortunate delay on their journey.  While The Lord was being thronged by the masses of surrounding people, verses 25-34 informs us of the reason for the delay.

Another woman, who had been sick for 12 long years, pressed her frail body through the crowd and touched the hem of His clothes.  For she believed in her heart that if she could just touch the hem of His garment then she would be healed.  Jesus then stopped and made an inquiry, the disciples questioned Jesus, the woman slowly came forward and The Lord had a conversation with the woman of faith. 

While all of this was exciting and indeed miraculous, in the mind of Jairus, it presented further delays towards them proceeding to his home to cure his daughter.

So often, we just like Jairus, believe that “time is of the essence.”  It’s our belief that time is crucial and any delays, interruptions, hesitations or lingering on The Lord’s behalf will worsen our changes, circumstances or conditions.

Then Mark 5: 35-36 says, “While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”

Now the thing that Jairus feared most now happened.  He received the fatal message of death of his child.  Jairus must have agonized as he entertained the notion that had not The Lord lingered, the life of his dying little daughter could have been spared.  But with her death now being a past event, all hope was abandoned as those from his home tenderly asked him, “Why trouble the Master any further?”

While they knew that Jesus had triumphed over demonic or unclean spirits and that, as a prophet sent by God, he had the power to heal incurable diseases while there remained life, they now believed that everything was hopeless since death had claimed the little girl’s life.

One of our greatest enemies of faith is “Human Reasoning.”  We are a people led by our senses, moved by our feelings and make decisions based upon our emotions.

It’s not that The Lord doesn’t want us to use our minds or have good common sense, it’s just that the mind is “the battlefield” which is constantly under the attack of Satan, the world and even our own flesh.

Christ wants us to “Have Faith and Believe Him” regardless of any adverse, negative or painful circumstances that we are encountering.

Jesus went on Jairus’ home, then despite the unbelief and scorn from others, He miraculously raised his little girl from death and presented her back to her parents.

Therefore, stand in faith, be encouraged, wait on The Lord with great expectation and He will graciously intervene in your life and affairs.

 

“Does Your Life Exemplify Faith In Christ Or Are You The Only Person That Knows About It?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Does Your Life Exemplify Faith In Christ Or Are You The Only Person That Knows About It?” 

The Bible stresses the importance of your life demonstrating faith towards God, other believers and even those outside the faith that you come in contact with.  So having faith in Christ should not only have a profound effect on you, but should impact the lives surrounding you as you journey through life. 

So, the main question is: Does your life exemplify faith in Christ or are you the only person that knows about it?” 

In Romans 1:8, The Apostle Paul in writing to the believers in Rome says, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”

The Apostle Paul, in his salutation, begins to congratulate the believers in Rome for the notoriety of their faith.

During the New Testament times, Rome was the metropolis of the world.  People came from all over to buy, sell, and trade their commerce, experience its wicked culture, participate in its immoral entertainment or to be involved in its corrupt political system with its earthly power.

A large church had been established in Rome long before Paul had arrived there. Many turned away from lives filled with idolatry, adultery, and corruption to walking in obedience in Christ, and now their faith was being celebrated by the Apostle, even as he was imprisoned.

Their love for Jesus Christ and other believers, along with their testimonies towards unbelievers, their steadfastness in the face of persecution and their joy, even which Nero’s threats of death couldn’t quench, were spoken of throughout the world.

They were thankful for their salvation and deliverance from sin and they rejoiced in God’s wonderful grace that was being demonstrated towards them.

The main lesson for us today is that Paul commended those believers for their faith because faith is the basic virtue in the heart and life of a believer.  For without it, you cannot please God, but by faith, all things are possible to him that believes.  Do you have faith that God can see and is pleased with?

There are many today that testify or claim that they have faith or believe in God, but their actions and deeds clearly prove otherwise.  Many just go to church to fulfill a routine obligation or to perform an outward ritual, but there’s no life of faith.

Faith is not a mere possession or a trophy that you can just point to or sit on a shelf for its display.  Faith is having a heart for God and then allowing Christ to reveal Himself through your life towards everything and everyone you come in contact with.

Faith is being led by The Holy Spirit and doing godly deeds despite all adverse circumstances or evil forces that may attempt to oppose or even persecute you.

Can Christ be seen in your life through the deeds or the works you’re doing?  Is your life an example of the love of God?  What works are you doing towards others that demonstrate the indwelling life of Christ Jesus?

A famous historian declared that the Roman Empire fell, not because of the rise of another attacking foreign power, but due to the preaching of the Gospel and the love of Christ that was exemplified through the lives of the believers.

You too should be impacting and influencing your world for Christ, for in doing so, others will clearly see God touching lives through the love of Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“How Real Are The Promises Of God To You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Real Are The Promises Of God To You?”

It has been said that the national paper currency in any country is only as good as the amount of gold in it’s treasury that backs up it’s paper money.  While this is not a lesson on economics, this same principle is extremely important in the arena of faith because God’s Word is backed up by His Character, the sacrifice that was made on Calvary by Jesus and by the Resurrection of Christ from the grave.

The issue at stake is not if “GOD CAN?”  The issue at stake is “Do you really believe His Character and His Promises?”

The thing that stands in the way of so many people is their very own sense of reasoning or human logic.  While the person of faith does not reject the capability of human reason, he’s learned that there are things that human reason just cannot do or comprehend.

Faith and human reason are NOT contrary to one another, FAITH JUST OVERLOOKS, IGNORES OR DISREGARDS REASON, BY RISING ABOVE IT AND LIVES IN A HIGHER REALM.

While we are not expected to leave our minds behind or check our brains in at the door, we must not permit our reasoning to keep us bound.   We are to allow faith to arise in our hearts and enlighten our understanding.

Simply walking in your own intellect is NOT the same as walking in The Spirit of God.  Walking in your own natural intellect, is a life filled with limitations and restrictions as you attempt to reason things out or comprehend before trusting.  And unbelief always results in disobedience because you fail to act in faith.

Unbelief is NOT the failure of your human mind to logically understand God’s truths, unbelief is sin within the human heart that prevents or keeps you from believing Christ.

That’s the reason that there are so many unanswered prayers in many congregations today.  Many church members are living in their own opinions of what they think or how they view things rather than accepting and believing The Word and looking at the character of God, who cannot lie.

Numbers 23:19 NASB says “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

The character of God is Holy and Pure and thereby can be trusted.  Men change their minds and break their vows constantly, but God never changes His mind and never nullifies His promises.  The counsels of God stand forever.   God is faithful and true and “His promises in Christ are yea and Amen.”(2nd Corinthians 1:20)

Reason cannot explain or accept that Jesus Christ was born of a young virgin, but faith knows that He was.  Reason cannot explain or accept that Jesus Christ, upon the cross, became sin for us, but faith knows it.  Reason cannot prove, explain or accept that Jesus Christ arose from the grave after being dead for 3 days, but faith knows that HE AROSE, LIVES AND REIGNS FOREVERMORE.

By faith all believers KNOW that their sins have been forgiven and that Jesus is coming back again one day, but reason cannot comprehend these things.

By faith, believers believe that Christ saves, indwells, heals, delivers, strengthens, provides for, comforts and hears the prayers of His people.  But all of these things are above the realm of human reasoning, for indeed they are MIRACULOUS.

Faith believes that God and His Promises are far greater than the threats of any enemy, adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition or demonic activity, which is beyond any human reasoning.

His covenant and grace through Jesus Christ is a sure foundation to all that will believe and live in Him.  Nothing should assure us more of the faithfulness of God’s promises than the life, death, resurrection and ascension of His Son, Jesus Christ.  And nothing should confirm our faith more than the indwelling of The Holy Spirit of God within our hearts.

All of which are beyond human reason but believed and accepted by faith.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Are You Ready To Go To A Higher Level In Your Faith?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Ready To Go To A Higher Level In Your Faith?”

The Lord wants to take you to “another level in faith,” but are you ready to go?  Many of us are just like Martha in John Chapter 11.  When she heard that Jesus was coming, she ran out to meet him.  Martha loved Jesus, had faith in him, and she trusted him.  But her life had been shattered, her heart torn, and her spirit crushed because of the pain and grief she was experiencing as the result of the death of her brother Lazarus.

Regardless of what she was feeling or going through, Christ came to take her to another level in her faith.  He walked into their situation to do something and to reveal something that they had never before encountered.   She, just like many of us today, don’t fully recognize just how AWESOME our Lord truly is.  We’ve limited or restricted Him to what we only can comprehend.  But He wants to take your faith to an entirely new level in Him.

Jesus, who was more aware of the distressing circumstances than Martha and Mary knew, came, and upon engaging Martha in a brief conversation to enlarge her expectations and take her faith to another level, declared Himself to be the Resurrection and the Life.  Are you believing and trusting Christ regardless of what you’re physically seeing or experiencing?

At first when Jesus told her that her brother shall rise again, she was thinking about the end-time general resurrection from the dead.  Christ knew exactly where her thinking and heart were, but He entered into her situation to draw her out, broaden her expectation, elevate her faith, and heighten her understandingby demonstrating His Authority, Power, and Grace over all the circumstance regarding man.

In John 11: 25-26 NASB Jesus uttered these most inspiring words,“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”  Do you believe this?”

The Lord knows what you’re experiencing at this very moment.  He’s more aware of your adverse circumstance, negative situation, hard time, and painful condition than you will ever know.  But despite the dictates of your intellectual mind, emotional condition, natural thoughts, or even the Satanic suggestions, He’s come in the power of His Living Word and Holy Spirit to take your faith to another level by trusting Him despite all the things that you see surrounding you.

Are you open to Jesus Christ as The Resurrection, your true and only source, the main substance, the first fruits, your redeemer, and our everything?

Our greatest comfort can ONLY be found in Christ Jesus, in His Eternal Words, and in the power of His Holy Spirit.  Today HE STILL IS “THE GREAT I AM” and forever will be.  Will you trust Him even if you don’t understand or can’t see what He’s doing in your very midst?

Ephesians 3:20 NLT reminds us that God is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!