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Different Kinds Of Faith

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is who he says He is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him out” (Hebrews 11:6).
 
Some people have a mental agreement only faith. Many of the Jewish leaders had this kind of faith that agrees with the facts but does nothing about it. “Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God” (John 12:42,43). Even the demons believe that God is one and shudder (James 2:19).
 
Some people have inherited faith. They trust in family history and tradition more than God’s word, refusing to search the scriptures diligently and daily, like the noble minded Bereans (Acts 17:11). Just because it was good enough for grandma and grandpa doesn’t make it right. To simply go along with the crowd isn’t wise. Your accountability means it is your choice whom you will serve and believe.
 
Some people have crutch faith. These individuals usually call upon the Lord when tragedy strikes, but as soon as the fright passes they forget their benefactor. God is ready to respond to those who seek Him out, but He expects a fruitful harvest (See Luke 13:7). Usually, these individuals are known for their lavish promises in bargaining with God.
 
Some people have obedient faith. By his preaching, Paul had hoped “to bring about the obedience of the faith” (Romans 1:5). Obedient faith is loving God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39). Jesus once asked, “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not what I say?” (Luke 6:46). To truly believe the Lord is to live out His word.
 
What kind of faith do you have?
 
Song: “What Will You Do with Jesus?”
 
Prayer: “Help us, Father, to seek out Your divine will, and have a faith that pleases You rather than an “anything goes” attitude.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
 
Roger Holm, Tijeras, NM
rogerscall@aol.com


A For-Ever Supply

Today’s Bible Verse: I Kings 17:14-15 (NASB) – “For thus says the Lord of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.’ So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and her household ate for many days.”
 
Supposing that you won a year’s supply of ice cream, how much ice cream would you receive? Who decides how much a year’s supply is? It is up to the company supplying the prize to determine just what constitutes a year’s supply. It is one thing to make the promise; it is another to deliver on that promise.

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Troublesome Times

Ponder: World conditions
 
Scripture: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38, 39 NKJV).
 
Iran and North Korea continue to pursue their nuclear ambitions, while nuclear-armed Pakistan is an unstable tinderbox. Egypt has thrown out their Islamist president to the cheers of some and protests of others. Coupled with upheaval in other trouble spots, all of this has the potential to bring disaster beyond our worst nightmare.

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