January 2016 - Grace Church San Antonio

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.

Prayer Gives Us Ears to Hear

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1 Samuel 3:10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, Samuel! Samuel!Then Samuel said, speak, for your servant is listening.

Quote from EM Bounds:

Praying Samuels come from praying Hannah’s. Praying priests come from the house of prayer. Praying leaders come from praying homes.

Prayer puts us in a favorable place to hear God when he speaks. Just like Samuel who was in an atmosphere of prayer made it easy for him to hear and discern the voice of God.  The longer we spend time in prayer, not at one sitting by over a period of time, hearing His voice becomes a natural thing.  

Matthew 21:22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.

When we pray we need to have faith in our heart, especially if we want to communicate with God.  This verse is not a guarantee that we can have anything we want.  God does not grant requests that would hurt us or someone else.  He will not violate his own nature or will.  In other words, Jesus statement is not a blank check.  The more our prayers are based on the Word of God, the stronger our belief (faith) will be.  When these two are mixed together the greater our clarity of hearing will be.  

To maintain the spirit of prayer and the lines of communication between us and God, we need the empowerment that is received in prayer.  Not only for the maintenance of our spiritual life, but also for those around us, and to continually receive instructions.  

If you plan to pray effectively, you must pray a lot. It was said of the apostle James that after his death, people noticed his knees were callous, like a camel’s, from praying so much.


In The Master’s Service

Many blessings, Pastor Robert

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