This Is Our Faith…

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1

Faith is such a BIG WORD! Without it the Bible says that it’s impossible to please God. Through Faith, our salvation comes, the mountains in our life are removed, and the miraculous takes place. With so much riding on this one Word, we need to know what Our Faith is…

A couple of weeks ago I kicked off a Series at Faith Renewed entitled, Our Faith. 
We are taking a close look at just how important faith is in our everyday life.

This past Sunday, I opened up the floor for a testimony of how Our Faith is effecting our life…
What happened next was INCREDIBLE!  This wasn’t your usual, “pray for me, the devil is on my back” testimony service.  One after another people began to come to the mic to share what God is doing in their life.  Below are just a few of the things we heard…

One man shared, “6 months ago I didn’t believe in God.  3 months ago, He saved me.”  PRAISE GOD!

One lady shared, “God delivered me from an addiction.”  AMEN!

We heard stories of forgiveness, deliverance, healing, and restoration!  Even those that are still in the middle of their struggle, spoke The Word of God over their situation and understand that they are not going to stay there!

This is Our Faith!  This is what happens when we choose to believe again!  Believe that God is Who He says He is. Believe that His promises are for His children and that He can’t lie! 

What are you believing God for?  You may be one step away from the answer.  One prayer away from the miracle that you once asked for. Don’t stop!

What seems impossible to men is not impossible to God. (Luke 18:27)

You can’t tell me that God is not real!  That His Word is not true and that He doesn’t still do miracles today!

I’ve seen too much… 
I’ve heard too many things… 
I’ve experienced too much…

This isn’t just something He’s doing or wanting to do in one church.  This is what He wants to do in The Church!
The Church He lived for, died for, rose for, and is coming back for!

There are no limits to what HE can do!

This is, Our Faith!

Running The Race…

This past Sunday I kicked off a new Series entitled Running The Race

Hebrews 12:1 says that we are to run with endurance the race that is set before us…

There is a course set in front of you right now.  God has it laid out.  According to The Word of God there are some INCREDIBLE things not only on that path but at the end of the path.  With that being said, why do so many people refuse to get on that track? 

There are many things that keep us from the prize.  I covered several of them in our last Series entitled, SEVEN.  We are called to lay aside the weight and the sin that so easily ensnares.  What’s holding you down today?  What’s knocked you off the course?

The great thing about grace, is that God loves us when we fall and will give us the strength to get back in the race if we will call on Him.

I love the words to a song we sing here at Faith Renewed called I Will Run by Misty Edwards.

I will run the race set before me.
I will seek Your face
As the prize of my life.
I will run.  

Enjoy your run!

He LOVES Me!

Enough said.

Expectation…

Expectation: the act or state of look forward or anticipating

Remember driving for the first time?  For me that was over 25 years ago.  WOW!!! I still remember getting behind the wheel and putting the car in gear.  It was awesome!  When I got my permit, I would get the keys to my parents station wagon and drive up and down the driveway (we had a big driveway).  I would get 2 trash cans out and practice my parallel parking.  Had to be ready for the test!  Passed it the first time by the way.  Did you?

I was so pumped the day I got my license.   It was on my birthday.  The day I turned 16.  Thought I was the stuff!  I started looking for reasons to go somewhere.  I would volunteer to go places, just so I could get behind the wheel.  My expectation level was through the roof every time I put the key in the ignition. 

Then life happened… Got older, got married, had kids, all that cool stuff that comes with life.  Somewhere along the way my expectation to get behind the wheel faded.  I once had a job that required me to drive all day long.  That can be an expectation killer.  Now I’m no longer volunteering to drive anywhere.  Will gladly let my wife pick up the kids.  No big desire to run pick up the milk when we run out… You know what I’m talking about.

Our Spiritual Journey can be much the same if we’re not careful.

If you are a Believer, you probably remember the day you gave your life to Christ.  I do!  Sitting on my couch watching a Christian television program and I surrendered it all to HIM.  Cried like a baby!  I started reading The Word of God, praying, and walking with God!  It was so cool!  My expectation was NUTS!  Even as a young man I couldn’t wait to get The Book in my hands, spend time in prayer, and seek HIS face. 

Then somewhere along the way life happened again…  Things came in.  Not bad things, just things.  I allowed those things to take away from the time that I use to spend with Him.  Don’t get me wrong, I talked to HIM and read HIS Word everyday, but it wasn’t the same.  The expectation had faded…

The good thing is I recognized it and I understood that God loved me anyway.  So what did I do?  First of all I repented.  I asked God to rekindle the fire again.  To make me hungry!  He did just that!  My expectation level is through the roof again!  I’m looking forward in anticipation to what happens next.  I can’t wait to put the key in the ignition, put the car in gear, and see what God has next on this Spiritual Journey that I’m on.  I want to hear His voice, see His face and walk in His glory.

If you’re reading this and your expectation level is low… 
I pray that you will begin to burn again… 
Hunger again…
Thirst again….

If you’re reading this and you’ve never experienced an expectation for the things of God that I’m talking about. 
Don’t wait another day!
Get on board!
Enjoy the ride!
You won’t regret it!