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FAITH—OUR DEFINITION OR GOD’S?

FAITH—Church’s definition, or God’s?

Jesus said in John 16:23…paraphrased…In this world you will have problems, but Look to Me for the solutions…

Christians look to Jesus…..or do we? We all love the verses that show us His Love, Protection, ….and…Oh, don’t forget the “Rapture” (which many churches teach will be BEFORE the Great Tribulation, which we will discuss later).

Basically, many of us would make Jesus into our body guard….chauffer….servant….. Banker…..Just call on Him, and He’ll be there to see that we don’t go through any hardships. He’ll get us where we want to be in life, vindicate us before people, keep us healthy, or heal us, and, …oh, let’s not forget to get all the money we can from Him too….Then, when things get rough down here, we just have to have more ‘faith“ that we can just say, “beam me up, Scotty (or Jesus) and we‘re outa here. That’s called “faith” by most denominational/organized churches.

But what does God’s Word call Faith?

Every instance I’ve seen, is telling us to believe in Jesus. Believe in the Father. I don’t see where it says to believe in the things Jesus will do for US. When He did miracles, it was because of the faith of the people in HIM. In Him as the Messiah, as the Son of God, as One with the Father, as the Creator of the Universe, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Alpha and Omega, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Lion of Judah, Rose of Sharon, ..and the list goes on.

What are all these names? Do they sound like Someone who will do the bidding of His creation? Who are we, the created, that we can tell God what to do?

Ephesians 3:20
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we
ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Guess what? We couldn’t think of anything that could even COME CLOSE to what He has in mind for us!!!!!

His will is perfect!!! His sight is beyond imagination!!! His wisdom is without boundaries!!!! His love for us is beyond understanding!!!!

How could we even think of the right request for His Perfect will for us????

All the promises in the Bible are for those people who have accepted Him as the total Lord of their lives….not for those who said a prayer so they can escape the fires of hell.

If we say He is our Lord…that’s a big word, and a big step in our lives. Its nothing to take lightly, because Jesus said we are to “count the cost “ before we make that decision. In Luke Chapter 14, Jesus is using a parable to explain the Kingdom of heaven (Salvation). He is saying that it isn’t an easy road. In Matthew 7:14 he said the road/path is “strait and narrow” ….and few there are who find it. Does that sound like the 80 or so percent of American people who claim to be Christian? We need to know what a real Christian puts “on the line’ when we accept Jesus as our Saviour.

For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

ANYTHING OR ANYBODY who keeps us from being totally consumed in our love for Jesus, must not come before Him. If need be, they must be gone from our lives.

If He is truly everything to us, then when we come to crossroads in our lives, we will ONLY want His will for us and our loved ones, not ours, or theirs. If this means sorrow, pain, disappointment, inconvenience, or even persecution and death, if He is our Lord, we will know that His will is all that matters.

Whatever our lot in this life, it is His will, as long as we are SUBMITTED TO HIS WILL. If not, we can get ourselves in a lot of trouble by ourselves, which is not His will.

When we cling totally to Him, He will change US in the situations we encounter within His will. Maybe He’ll take us out of it, or miraculously change the situation, but maybe He will, instead, change us. We MUST be open to whatever He wants to do, and it will always be the best for us in the long run.

In the end, at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, He will then have a Bride who is not only beautiful, because of His presence in her, but because of what He has done in her, she will be strong, courageous, and, most importantly, a Bride who is wholeheartedly and humbly in love with Him and Him alone.

27 times in the Old Testament He tells us He is a jealous God, and will not tolerate His bride putting anything or anyone before Him. That means ourselves, folks!!! That means we will humble ourselves before Him in such a way that He can perform many wonderful miracles in our hearts, and change us into the perfect Bride He envisions for Himself.

We cannot look through our own eyes, which are stained with the evils of this world and our own fallen nature…we must look at Our Lord and Bridegroom through the beautiful, recreated, experienced–proven, eyes of His Eternal Bride….and see everything through the window of eternity, not limiting our vision to the end of this earth or our lives.

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