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True Knowledge

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Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7).

The book of Proverbs starts out with a purpose statement. Chapter one versus two, three, and four, describe who will benefit the most from studying the proverbs. Solomon tells us about the kind of attitude that will receive the most impactful result from the wisdom of God. This attitude is called “fear of the Lord.” The fear that Solomon is talking about is a humble, high respect, and attentive position toward God. The result of this fear will make us ready to benefit from God’s wisdom. The word fear means an attitude of awe and respect, a holy reverence. Without this attitude we will probably not be in a proper position to receive what God tells us.

the rest of this verse tells us, people who do not have this awe and respect of God end up despising His wisdom. But people who make it a habit to highly respect or have reverence for God and practice His wisdom, will find that life makes sense. Then we seem to work in accordance with the way God designed our life. As you follow wisdom, you get the most out of life!

Pastor Robert

Faith Brings a Calm

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Mark 4:39-40 – He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

I have seen many people who’ve allowed life to wear them down. They once were joyful and walked with a spring in their steps. But over time, they’ve allowed their happiness to give way to heaviness and depression.  The Scripture tells us that as soon as Jesus spoke, all was quiet. Having a calm in the middle of the storms of life takes faith. If you believe, have faith in God and his word, you will find rest.  The other night I was meditating on God’s word, when I found in my own heart a sense of perfect peace. We often talk, most of the times to much about our storms of life.  So why shouldn’t we talk about our calms?  We cannot create a calm until we are calm ourselves.

Isaiah 26:3  – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

To get into the calm and remain in it until we come to that place where there is no more raging sea.  Genuine, authentic faith must be definite and free of doubt. It is not general in character or a mere belief in the being, goodness, and power of God.  It is a faith which believes that the things which God’s word says will come to pass in our life.  Faith brings us into the kingdom of God, out of the natural order and into a divine order with divine power. This order and power brings us into a place of calm for daily living. Then we will have rest, peace and safety so that we can sleep knowing all is well!

Greater Works

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John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Jesus was not saying that his disciples would do more amazing miracles.  Rather the disciple would care the gospel of the kingdom to all the world.  If you think about it, what is greater than what Jesus did?  What is greater than raising the dead, commanding the wind and sea to be still, casting out demons, and healing the sick.

There is one thing Jesus could not do and still cannot do.  What is it? He cannot stand before people and say, once I was lost, but now I am found, once I was blind, now I see, once I was bound, but now I am free. He cannot testify of his own salvation. But we can say I was lost now I’m found, was blind but now I see, was bound but now I’m free.

Jesus of course was not lost. The eternal Word came from heaven to seek and to save the lost. What are the works Jesus did? He preach the gospel, he healed the sick, cast out demons, ministered to the poor, gave hope to those who have a sense hopelessness.

We have been given the privilege of continuing the works of Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit and sharing our testimony of the greatest miracle in the world, God’s salvation with people every day.  When lives are transformed, this tells the world that Jesus is alive and that he saves, heals, delivers and rescues.  When men and women who believe and call on the name of the Lord, he’ll hear and answer.  Then they will experience the greatest miracle – new life in Christ.

In The Master’s Service

Many blessings, Pastor Robert

Victory Through Faith

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1 John 5:4-5 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

In order to have victory through faith, we need to ask a couple of questions to first understand our faith.  What motivates our faith, fear of the future, or a desire to be a better person?  Is our faith motivated by a desire for a changed life, or an insurance policy against possible disasters?

Faith involves three elements. The perception of truth, an interest in it, and having a mind that is controlled by the truths faith reveals.  We need to have an understanding of truth, because if we don’t we cannot believe.  The focusing of the mind is very important, without a voluntary commitment the mind cannot be controlled by the truth of the gospel.

Faith receives Christ and is willing to be governed entirety by His will.  When there is commitment and belief to the truth we become energized living people for Christ.  When Christ is living in and energizing our hearts the truth of the gospel is played out in our lives.  Living for and obeying Him is no burden to those who love Him.

Matthew 11:20-30 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Through faith in Jesus and His finished work, frees us from all the burdens of life.  When we carry our worries, stresses, and daily struggles by ourselves, shows that we are not trusting our life to God fully. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, but not the end of all labor.  Faith is an action word, God calls us to be active in our obedience.

We need to have a relationship with Him.  This relationship changes meaningless, wearisome toil into purpose for our lives and we become productive for the kingdom of God. To be productive for God, we should obey His teachings, resist temptation, actively serve and help others, and share our faith.

In the Master’s service

Many blessings, Pastor Robert.

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

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.

Blessings,
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.

Amen,

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.

 

Words of Life

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Proverbs 4:20-22 – “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.”

Please take notice here that the Words of God are life for those who find them. If you want to receive life, healing, pretty much anything from the Lord, you will need to take time to find the words of Scripture that promise these results. We have given attention to the Word, when received and acted on, will produce the desired result. In this comprehensive passage, God tells us exactly how to attend to His Words. He says do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. In other words, instead of having your eyes on your symptoms and being occupied with them, let God’s Words not depart from your eyes. Look at them continually and then like Abraham, you will grow strong in faith by looking at the promises of God and nothing else. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 2:13 that it is the Word which effectively works in those who believe. When we receive and obey the Word of God, we can say with Paul, “The Word of God works in me mightily”. When we attend to God’s Words and by keeping them in the midst of our hearts, the seed of the Word is in good ground, and according to the words of Jesus it will bring forth fruit. The Word of God becomes the power of God. It is spirit and life.

In the Master’s service. Many blessings.

– Pastor Robert.

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