Faith Comes From God’s Word.

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Romans 10:17 (ESV) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Remember, faith comes from one source and that is the Word of God. It does not come from experience. The Israelites saw more miracles than you and I will probably ever see; astonishing, breathtaking miracles. Yet they would go from the last miracle to the next problem, and fall into the same unbelief they had at the start. Miracles don’t give us faith, the Word of God does. Neither does faith come from answers to prayers we’ve had in the past. We are unable to tackle today’s challenges with yesterday’s faith.

Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Just like we need to eat food everyday, our spirit needs God’s Word every day. The Lord’s Prayer calls it our ‘daily bread’. The fact that you had a chicken dinner recently doesn’t mean that you’ll never eat another. You need to hear faith every day of your life. We need to feed on the promises of God every day!

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COME TO THE WATER

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Isaiah 55:1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Let’s break this verse down, and see what it has to tell us about God and our salvation.

‘Ho!’ is an exclamation to grab attention, and it reminds us that we should be doing anything and everything we can to draw people’s attention to the Gospel. It also says “everyone”, which makes it abundantly clear that no one is exempt from His invitation. Anyone and everyone is welcome to His feast; the only criteria is thirst. Anyone with a thirst for God (which is everyone, whether they know it or not) can come to Him to drink and be filled, and we should be making sure that everyone feels invited. ‘The waters’ that we come to drink from are the Word (as in Psalm 1:3), the Holy Spirit (as in John 7:37), and the life of God in the church gathered in prayer and worship (as in Psalm 46:4). It mentions that those without money can come and eat from God’s Word and Spirit, and that this is because all that God has is freely given. Nothing is for sale, nor do we have to earn it. Even salvation itself has all been made available to us through Jesus, free of cost.

May we never lose touch with just how extraordinary this news is, and may we never stop sharing it.

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Love the Truth

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2 Thessalonians 2:10  “… and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

The love, hunger and desire for the Truth should be one of the key reasons we seek God and choose to live in Christ.

A lot of contemporary preaching focuses on coming to God because you have been a victim, or you have dreams that you want to come to pass, or you want to understand your destiny and the meaning of life. In essence, there is nothing wrong with these, but you will run into trouble if these are your only motivations. God’s ways are higher, and his thoughts higher, so we might not always understand why he doesn’t answer our prayers immediately, or even at all. Sometimes God withholds, but whatever he does it is with the goal of gradually transforming you more and more into the image of Christ.

Becoming like Christ is our most important destiny and God’s ultimate intention for our lives, and an earnest love for the truth of God is what will keep us faithful in the testing times. No matter what is happening in our lives, a love for the truth ensures that we stand steadfast and planted in our relationship with Christ.

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Remove The Separation.

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Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

The wrongs we do create a barrier; a film between us and God, us and others, us and ourselves. This is what being ‘lost’ is – being isolated from God, others and ourselves. We become severed, divided and ‘cut off’. Jesus took our ‘cut-offness’, our ‘separatedness’ so that we could connect with God, others and ourselves.

A husband who enters a relationship with another woman will inevitably be cut off from his own wife and family through guilt and through the presence of sin in his life. He will also become lost to himself and his values, not knowing who he is anymore.

Our sins hide God’s face from us, so we no longer are able to see God. Have you ever had someone openly criticise you, then when they see you coming they hide their face. They can’t be face to face with you. Only those born again can see the Kingdom of God. 

Neither will our prayers be answered, because He will not hear. Have you ever had someone who had wronged you but they’ve never apologised even though they’re fully aware of what they’ve done, and then they ask you to help them in another matter? It’s hard to listen to their request when there’s still an unresolved matter at hand. This is what this verse is referring to. When we slip in our values on the inside, our cicumstances slip on the outside. We lose ground. We can spin our wheels but we will have no traction, therefore we lose momentum. Once we regain our values and live morally upright we no longer slip within, therefore we no longer slip and slide without. God’s mercy returns to us giving us traction to move forward in life. We are able to recover lost ground. God does not simply give us what we are trying to achieve however. He gives us methods, strategies and plans by which we can achieve what He has always planned for. What we lost we recover. Those people we lost return or others in their place. Those who took from us bring back, and we recover our lives again. Once the separation between us and our God is removed, His blessing falls richly upon all that we put our hand to.

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Money Love

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1Timothy 6:10

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

When a woman poured a whole jar of expensive perfume, an entire year’s worth of wages, at the feet of Jesus in worship, it was Judas who condemned her. He misunderstood and judged her because he had an unhealthy love of money.

Judas spent three years in the very presence of Christ; he healed sick people, heard the teaching of Jesus daily, and yet never changed from being a thief. The love of money had gripped him so deeply that he was prepared to value Jesus at just 30 pieces of silver, while condemning a healed prostitute who valued Jesus with the most precious possession she had worth 300 denarii.

He acquired more and more money, but he never felt satisfied. In spite of this, he continued to pursue money until he realised that he had become so corrupted by it that he took his own life.

The love of money should never be underestimated. We can break the power that the love of money has over us by tithing and giving to God’s house.

Money itself is not evil. The love of money is evil. Whether or not a person has money doesn’t matter; there are many wealthy people who don’t idolise money, just as there are many poorer people who do.

Jesus told us that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 19:24). In Numbers, Balaam tried to use his prophetic gift to pronounce a curse on the people of God, for a handsome reward of money. Gehazi, Elisha’s servant had a love of money that led him to lie to Naaman who had been healed by Elisha, telling him that his master wanted payment for the miracle. When Elisha asked him where he had been, he lied again, saying he had been nowhere. However the prophet had ‘seen’ him receive the money from Naaman. The leprosy from Naaman came upon Ghazi. He walked away white as snow.

It’s clear that when the love of money takes root, it produces selfishness, deceit and ultimately evil.

At all costs let’s avoid being devoted to the dollar!

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