June 2016 - Grace Church San Antonio

Faith and Hope

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James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Our relationship with God should be one of great intimacy and utter dependence. We are asked to no longer live for ourselves but for Him. Normal people do not enjoy trials. In fact, most of us do everything possible to avoid the trials of life. However, James is writing to people who were well acquainted with the pain and the challenge of trials. Most of these Christians had faced severe trials even to the point of losing their homes, their jobs, and their security within a community. They had to flee literally for their lives to a strange place. Many of them faced not mere inconvenience, but the very survival of life itself.

The good news is that every human on earth has a capacity for world changing faith built into them. Faith is believing and speaking the word of God and respecting it as the highest standard of truth. Faith has been called the eye that sees the invisible, the ear that hears the inaudible, the hand that feels the intangible, and the power that works the impossible. Faith comes, not by praying, but comes by a continual feeding upon spiritual food of God’s Word (Romans 10:17).

Hope is for the future, but Faith needs Hope to give it something to bring substance to. Hope empowers Faith to produce a result in our lives. We can say it this way that Hope gives Faith a target. Don’t be afraid to build your hope up, but base your Hope on the Word of God. The scripture should be our foundation for our hope and faith.

Blessings,
Pastor Robert.

Love Revealed

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2 John 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Loving God means obeying Him. When we love God, we desire to walk according to His commandments, meaning that we want to obey Him. Our obedience reveals our love for Him. Love for God doesn’t focus just on feelings, although feelings are included, it’s about what we do. We obey Him not because we are trying to outweigh bad deeds. We obey because we love God and desire to please Him.  Obedience requires an abandonment of self and a dependence upon Christ.  Sometimes Christ requires more than we are willing to give. Sometimes He leads in a direction where we do not want to go.  Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son because of his love and firm belief in God. He believed that God would fulfill all He had promised.  Because we love God, all though not always easy, but difficult, costly and demanding, we must walk in obedience to Him. Stay focused on the love you have for God and not the cost.  

Blessings, Pastor Robert

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