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Be Still…

– Pslam 46:10 –

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth!”

When sometimes it’s all too much, be still.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Faithful

– 1 Thessalonians 5:24 –

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“The one who Calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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What we do not see…

– Hebrews 11:1 –

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“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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The Sinner

“For I shall return amongst you cloaked in the rags of the sinner;

And thus shall you be judged.”

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– Romans 9:30-32 –

So we say that the Gentiles, who were not trying to put themselves right with God, were put right with him through faith; while God’s people, who were seeking a law that would put them right with God, did not find it.

And why not? Because they did not depend on faith but on what they did.

And so they stumbled over the “stumbling stone”

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Reward

– 2 Corinthians 5:7-10 –

For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Qualified

– Romans 12:7-8 –

If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Heal my sister

– Acts 4:8-10 –
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!
If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed,
then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.

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I believe in Jesus.

I am a good Christian.

But I do not believe that I have seen people healed today in this way.

I have not seen the blind made to see or the crippled made to walk – and I am skeptical of the healing rallies and revival meetings I see all over the television.

Yet I believe Peter and John, through Jesus, healed this cripple.

Sometimes I wonder – do I really believe?

Is healing this way truly still available to us?

I believe Jesus Rose again, yet I cannot believe that my sister’s cancer can be healed by faith.

I realize that I have prepared for my sister’s death before believing in Christ for her healing.

I don’t know what to do.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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In my name

– John 14:12 – 14-

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

And I will do whatever you all in my name, so that the Sin may bring glory to the Father.

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Throw the mountain into the sea

-Matthew 21:21-22-

-Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you all for in prayer.”-

These words have great resonance when I’m in trouble.

So many times, I have felt Mercy in my life…I have escaped the consequences of bad decisions, I have evaded debt (probably the thing I am most grateful for) I have found myself ok with life.

These words resonate deeply with people in need.

I can’t help thinking though, of the promises being made on behalf of them.

So many people put their trust and faith into these words.

I do.

Prosperity preaching is so seductive – and the faith is so genuine. Healing. Freedom from poverty. Mending of relationships. Everything is possible.

I feel bad. How can I begrudge these people?

Still. The pastors are very rich. What happens to the hope that’s placed in these words?

I have felt abandoned by God in my own life but I’ve never felt let down…if that makes sense.

Everytime I have asked, God has been there. Everytime.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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To believe or not to believe

-Luke 4:40-

-“… When the Sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.”-

All.

-Luke 5:4-11-

-When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from my, Lord; I am a sinful man!

For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”

So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.-

These stories I remember from when I was a child. Even the song, Fishers of Men.

But belief is all I have this far out.

This morning, as in a dream, I saw that Believing in God is madness, even from the point of view of the Bible.

The Old Testament is a slaughter-house. God and Israel wreak genocide on whole peoples – women and children included.

These peoples are God’s own people – descendants of Abraham; the Canaanites are descendant from Noah himself – they’re cousins.

And God is not the only one waging these wars and Israelites are not the only ones experiencing good civilisations.

The Gods of Eygpt are at times ascendent – of Assyria at other times, of Rome of Greece of India.

Yes, all fall but then so does Israel.

Yes Israel is forgiven and rises again but they are not the only ones.

So starting with Matthew, the miracles are extraordinary. And the only way to believe is to believe that they happened. They were seen. They were experienced.

Nevermind that; ‘How blessed are those who believe and have not seen….’ stuff.

If I believe today then I must be willing to accept the accusation that I am believing the fantastic. I must accept that these things don’t really happen, that Science is in fact correct, that I am behaving in exact contravention of the Laws of Life.

I have to.

Because if I don’t, I am overwhelmed by the loneliness I feel in believing something so obviously un-natural, that I must be mad and I am in danger of justifying the madness and violence this belief has wrought on Human History.

If, however, I was there, and the fish were threatening to sink the boats, then I must believe.

Is EVERYTHING in the Bible true? As written? Infallible? Exact?

-Luke 7:14-

“-Then he went up and touched the coffin and those carrying it stood still. He said, Young man, I say to you, get up!”-

How can I know? I can only have faith. And I must rely on the Spirit – which sometimes appears fickle.

Hitler used it. He was full of Spirit. So is Putin. So is Trump. There are pastors whose anointing is so full of Spirit they receive millions and millions of dollars preaching.

What do I do?

I have been meditating and praying for years. And I may do so until I die.

I am afraid I must now, not because it’s true but because it’s the only way I have to justify my life and the choices I have already made.

I am acutely aware of how ridiculous believers sounds to non-believers….and how silly I sound to myself.

Conviction alone cannot be the basis of belief…can it?

The only redemption I find is that these are spiritual matters.

I don’t think Jesus claimed to be the ONLY way.

He only says that he IS the way. Are there others? There certainly are stories. In fact. Every religion.

And so Christians think that they can go across and say, no, ours is the only way?

Not seeing that every other religion sits in exactly the same boat?

Do I know the way? Can I know the way?

Am I called to read between the lines? Or am I then, a heretic?

And when all is said and done, I turn, I turn and face God.

-Luke 5:15-16-

-“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”-

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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