Sunday, January 7, 2018

    I begin my thoughts to you today with a question, "What are you doing in your life that requires faith?" Philippians 4:13 is my life verse. Paul's statement, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" has been my anchor in life. The moments I have been down, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel, this verse has reminded me that the victory is mine. That verse has given peace to worried hearts and calm to many nervous situations for Christians down through the ages.

    The great danger is what we become stagnant and complacent. Striving for stability and completeness is natural and God blesses efforts that result in lives that hold steady. We must not forget, however, that without faith it is impossible to please God. The older in Christ we become, the more we are tempted to coast without rocking the boat. We know His promises are positive and powerful but a status-quo life free of struggles will produce weak, unproductive Christians.

    What are you doing in your life that requires faith? Soul winning, giving, building others through teaching and mentoring, are but a few of the daily tasks that require a measure of faith. Most never witness because it is impossible to be effective at that task in the flesh. Giving cuts cross grain at our selfish nature. Faith to see God grow a Christian with all of its ups and downs will have to keep its eye on the Lord.

    We are saved by faith but admonished to live in the same. What is our mood in the times of testing? We are chosen in the rod of affliction and proven in the cauldron of testing. No wonder God says, "Without faith it is impossible to please Him." I fear becoming complacent and satisfied and in so doing relinquish the mighty blessings that ultimately come when we choose to go beyond ourselves and cast our every hope on Him. Faith is often expressed as forsaking all, I trust Him. The process involves the negative and the positive. Above all, we should wish to please Him!