December 2015 - Grace Church San Antonio

Why Strong Men Fall?

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I would like to call your attention to the baddest boy in the bible, Samson. He was a strong man who God use to accomplish heroic feats. Many strong men have tremendous potential, that is one reason they disregard boundaries and ignore, nor seek good advice in there life. Strong men who have great confidence in their ability often disregard boundaries. But they do so at great risk. Let’s face it, boundaries are a fact of life, we all have boundaries within every area of our life, in some form or another. However, men are always trying to stretch them as far as possible, but boundaries are designed to keep us on track and out of trouble.

Samson thought so highly of himself, like many strong men, he had a big ego and overestimated his own ability. He thought his strength, and accomplishments could change any circumstance or trial that he faced. Strength and success in one or more areas of your life will not make you immune to temptation in other areas of life. Strong men tend to repeat the same mistakes and take foolish risks. Like Samson many men don’t realize the danger of not dealing with lust and breaking of the rules. Delilah had tempted to betray him three times to the Philistines. When men become so entangled with lust, breaking of the rules, pushing the limits and being self confident, they become blinded to the plans of the enemy and they lose sight of the big picture that God has for them. Just like Samson lost his vision to see things clearly.

Every person seeks from birth intimacy and connectedness with other people. Strong men tend to struggle with intimacy. In the marriage relationship when spiritual, emotional and intellectual Intimacy is lacking, it usually leads to the lack of physical intimacy. What is intimacy? It is when there is total engagement spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically in a relationship, It is not just physical.

To truly stay strong we need to put our confidence in God, and be intimate with Him on a daily bases. When intimacy is daily we will not be blinded and lose vision of the big picture that God has for our life.

You can read the story of Samson in Judges chapter 14-16.

Pastor Robert

Run Your Race

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Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

The word looking signifies undivided attention, looking away from all distractions in order to fix our eyes on one object, having eyes for nobody but Jesus. You must understand that you have a race to run for Jesus and that it is custom designed for you according to how God created you.  Ephesians 2:10 tells us- For we are His workmanship.  We all have special unique gifts and talents.

One of the main hindrances to running our race is comparison. Comparison means to examine the character qualities of something or someone in order to discover resemblances or differences.  There are so many ways we compare our self to others.  Physically, financially and sometime even spiritually. We compare our self to others by what they may have or don’t have.

Comparing is wrong! It only produces insecurity, resentment and bitterness.  John 10:10 says: The thief does not come except to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

He will steal your peace, joy and happiness.

He kills your dreams and desires that God has given you.

He will destroy your security, your confidence in who God created you to be.

Run your race, never quit!  We all have bumps in the road of life but keep going. Don’t look back, it only cause you to quit.  Surround yourself with people that will be your cheerleader, family and friends that build you up spiritually.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another.

Most important know Who and Whose you are!  Read God’s word, pray and worship the Lord for we are His workmanship.


Diane Keena

The Importance of Faith

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2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Faith is the foundation of Christian character and the security of our mind,will and emotions. When faith breaks down, the foundations of our spiritual life give way, and our belief system or structure falls.  In this addition process, faith was the starting point, the basis of the other graces of the Spirit.  

Faith is the foundation on which other things are built.  Peter does not suggest that the readers add to works or gifts or goodness but to faith.  When growing in Grace, you need to start out right.  You could say that there is a divine order.  By adding to faith which is done by constant, earnest prayer and the studying of the Word of God.  Faith is kept alive, strong and healthy by a steady diet of the Word and prayer.

Faith must be more than belief in facts, it must result in actions.  Several things are listed, learning to know God better, doing the will of God, loving others. Faith actions do not come automatically, they require hard work and perseverance.  Adding to our faith is not optional, all of them must be apart of the Christian life. Our faith must go beyond what we believe.  Faith must become a dynamic part of all we do, and in return will bring fruit and spiritual maturity.

In Hebrews 11:1 we are told that faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.  Two words describe faith, confidence and certainty.  Faith has a starting point and an ending point. The starting point begins with believing in God that He is who He says He is.  The ending point is believing in His promises that He will do what He says He will do.  

When we believe that God will manifest his promises even when we do not see them materialize in our life, we are demonstrating true faith.  When we stand and don’t give up we will receive, according to 1Peter 1:9 the end of our faith.  Meaning we will see the promise of God materialize in our life.


In the Master’s service. Many blessings.

– Pastor Robert.


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