28 September 2007

Faith is an Action

(Matt 14:30) But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me."
What do we notice from this verse in Peter's life.
1. It was by faith in the power of Christ he was upheld
2. When that faith failed, he began to sink. When Peter began to sink his faith sunk with him.
Ask yourself
1) If you were in the same situation as Peter, Would this have happened to you? "Lord, save me."
2) Could you keep walking to the Lord with boldness and not look down? (Eph 3:12 ) in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.
3) Is your faith unchangeable today? As (1Cor 16:13) says "Watch, standfast in the faith, be brave, be strong".
4) Do you have faith? (Heb 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
5) Are you walking by sight and not faith? (John 12:37 )
Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him,So what do we learn from this event in Peter's life
1. Peter was able to walk on water (remember he was in the middle of a storm)
2. Peter looks down and saw the doubt in his life.
3. When fear takes over. Do you start to doubt?
4. The weak flesh gets the better of the willing spirit.
5. When we walk by sight and not by faith we always end up crying out "Lord save me!"
(James 1:6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
A) You must believe that God IS the Creator of the universe
B) You must believe that He is ever ready to convey to His creatures whatever they need.
C) Driven by the wind, and tossed: rising by hope, then sinking by despair as Peter did.D) You can only ask a holy God in full faith in Him alone.
Corrie Ten Boom says "Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible."
1. So what must we do?We must walk by faith in the Risen Savior
A. Never doubt like Peter did.
B. Faith is a action that is constantly looking towards the Risen Savior.
C. Faith is our every day strength in the invisible God, the Creator of the universe.
D. We should never take our eyes of the risen Lord as Peter did by looking down
E. Always trust the scriptures for they are our source of food and nurishment

J. C. Ryle summons up this story wonderfully he says " to understand our walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ there is encouragement here for all Christians. Let them know that there is nothing created which is not under Christ's control: "All things serve Him". He may allow His people to be tried for a season, and to be tossed to and fro by storms of trouble; He may be later than they wish in coming to their aid, and not draw near till the "fourth watch of the night": but never let them forget that winds, and waves, and storms are all Christ's servants. They cannot move without Christ's permission. "The Lord on high is mightier than the voice of many waters, yea than the mighty waves of the sea."
My Final Thought! 1. May we never doubt the sovereign protection of our Lord Jesus2. May we take this passage of scripture and grow from the mistakes of the disciples, and learn wisdom to strengthen our faith!3. Remember when our feet begin to sink we should be thinking about Christ Why?(Heb 13:5-6) "for He has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we can confidently say, "The Lord is my Helper; I will not fear; what can man do to"
by Mike Andrews

24 September 2007

Do you Feel like Jeremiah Sometimes

Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet
By Mike Andrews

The churches today are full of people who don’t care or don’t want to listen to men preaching God’s Word. 2Tim 4:3 "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions". The church today is not much different than the times of the prophets who were preaching repentance and pleading for the nation of Israel to return back to God. Jeremiah, also known as the "weeping prophet", was the writer of the two Old Testament books Jeremiah and Lamentations. He was an ambassador sent by God to the house of Israel. Jer 7:3 "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place."
Jeremiah didn’t volunteer to become a preacher of the Word. The office for this (being a prophet) was reserved for those who were divinely called. Jeremiah was one of those privileged men; he was divinely given a high calling by God. Jer 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." He was a prophet who had the daunting task of warning the nation Judah of God’s impending judgement. Jeremiah had to preach to a nation that was worshipping other gods, living sinfully and disobediently before God, listening to many false teachings and, as seen in Jeremiah 17:9, their hearts were wicked and deceitful. Jeremiah’s life reflected his preaching. His passion and concern for the nation was always evident at the beginning of the messages that the Lord gave him. Many times Jereimah would cry over Jerusalem Lam 3:48-49 "my eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. "My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite" This verse emphasizes the greatness of his grief and troubled heart at the afflictions of his people, and shows the vast amount of tears he shed on their account. Here the prophet is speaking his own words (not part of a prophetic message from God), expressing the anguish of he felt in his soul, and the flood of tears he shed. Unfortunately, our churches today are lacking men like Jeremiah who are passionate, showing their love for others through their preaching. They need a deep desire of restoration for the congregation so they can grow spiritually and understand the importance of obedience and reverence before a holy and perfect God. Jeremiah’s tears also serve as a reminder of the utter hopelessness of a person without God.
Preachers today need to follow the example of great Biblical men of the past like Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel and Jeremiah when it comes to dealing with people and their salvation. Jeremiah concentrated on the current problems as he labored to turn the nation back from the point of no return. John MacArthur said "Jeremiah’s life, his calling, and his experiences all combine to give a picture of God’s planning and purpose to carry out His will". May the men of God in our churches today consider carefully what Paul said to Timothy in 2Tim 4:-2 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. Just preach My Word! Richard Baxter says "I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men."

What's Next

Biblical Propositions, Yoga Positions, and Contextualizing the Christian Message for People Who Work at CNN
Published September 21st, 2007 by Editor in Emerging Church

Over at Pyromaniacs Phil Johnson comments on "Doug Pagitt’s recent performance on CNN [which] was documented last week by several bloggers, including Nathan Busenitz, Fred Butler, Shawn Anthony and Doug Groothuis." We post this here at CRN because there are so many of those in the blogging world who struggle with their comprehension skills and were saying Dr. John MacArthur, one of the best Bible teachers God has given this generation, said Yoga can be practiced by the Christian.
In this piece Johnson goes on to clear up that his pastor:
John MacArthur, of course, believes in the authority of Scripture and the exclusivity of Christ. He said yoga as a spiritual discipline is fundamentally in conflict with authentic Christianity; and that Christians ought to seek spiritual wholeness through the truth of the Bible alone—not in ascetic practices borrowed from the sacraments and soteriology of Hindu mysticism. ("You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"—John 8:32. The Bible is able to make us "complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work"—2 Timothy 3:17.)


14 September 2007

It's all About Me

Prosperity Praise
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