“So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“Keep the faith…”
Popular words, but what do they really mean? Belief in itself is empty. Like little children putting their faith in Santa Claus or the tooth fairy, we can believe with all of our heart that something good will happen---and be gravely disappointed.
Two of the most important questions you will answer today is who do you believe God is and do you have faith in who He is?
Several years ago, a farming community was the midst of a terrible drought. The unrelenting sun baked the soil and anxious farmers helplessly watched their livelihoods wither under incessantly cloudless skies. Finally, the ministers of the community scheduled an hour of prayer in the town square. They encouraged the townspeople to bring objects representing their faith as inspiration.
At noon on Saturday the town square was brimming with people. Their faces filled with anticipation, their hearts hopeful, they clutched their "objects of faith"---Bibles, crosses, and other various items.
The hour of prayer ended and, as if on command, clouds appeared and a gentle rain began to fall! The townspeople cheered and held up their treasured objects in praise and thankfulness to God. In the middle of the joyous crowd, one object of faith stood out from the others. A nine-year-old child had brought an umbrella.
In whom or what do you believe? Do you act on that belief? The only One who is infinitely worthy of our wholehearted trust is our faithful God. When we actively place our faith in Him, the result is supernatural.
Your View of God Really Matters …
When you believe God for something, do you "bring your umbrella," so to speak? Do you prepare for rain? Remember, actions speak louder than words.
Read God’s Word Today…
1 Kings 17:8-15 “Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.” But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. The use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!” So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.”
GOD, because You are Faithful I will trust in Your promises and act on them.
Based on the works of Bill Bright
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