Simple Faith

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart …” Proverbs 3:5

My friend is teaching me: believe God will do what He says and pull up scripture accordingly.

Believe Me because I come from the Father or believe Me for the works themselves (Jesus in John 14:11)

“Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

19  The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.”

Habakkuk 3:17-19

“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.‘” Jesus in Matt 17:20

 

The Serenity Prayer

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Jesus in Matt 7:7

Praying in the park one morning for God’s thoughts and words to be my thoughts and words, this prayer plaque literally fell out of a nearby pine tree!  Face down, complete with pine sap, only 3 squirrels jumping & running were present.

Lord Jesus, release Your faith to us, so that we don’t hold back in trusting You for everything.

20191009_092157[1]

Reinhold Niebuhr is known to have been the author as early as 1934 (Wikipedia).

Jesus Prays

“Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.’”  Luke 11:1

“[Jesus] Saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”                                            Luke 22:42

“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  Matthew 9:38

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”   John 17:20-21

It’s Who Ya Know

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”                           Jesus praying in John 17:3

“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,”              Philippians 3:10

smiling women and men sitting on green grass
Photo by Sharefaith on Pexels.com

Jesus Tested Philip

“Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.”                   John 6:5-6

John 14

Vs. 9, “Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

Vs. 11, “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”

Will Jesus test us too?

Acts 8

Vs. 26, “Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.”

Vs. 35, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.”

“Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.”   Psalm 7:9

person holding laboratory flask
Photo by Chokniti Khongchum on Pexels.com

The Whole World

“And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”                      1 John 2:2

“Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.’”                               John 4:42

Pastor Reinhard Bonnke once defended his reason for preaching in Sweden because of John 3:16!  Hallelujia!

 

earth space universe globe
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Grow Wings

For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.”

Jesus assures us in Matthew 22:30

“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

“But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.”   Revelation 12:14

So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”  Psalm 55:6

white birds flying
Photo by Hakan Tahmaz on Pexels.com

You’re Perfect

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9

If you feel unworthy to be used of God, a failure, then you’re just right for God.

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

building with tree
Photo by James Wheeler on Pexels.com

Don’t Get Distracted

“The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”

Proverbs 29:25

We’re all on a journey, well-meaning (or not) people may try to advise you based on what they think.  It’s up to us to focus on what God’s telling us.  Rely on Jesus for all your bogeyman, fear-driven consciousness theories.

“I am the way, the truth and the life” says Jesus in John 14:6

“I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” Psalm 91:15

Church Leaders

While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.”  Matthew 26:47 (NIV)

Paranoia and fear – security guards, legalistic rules – sound familiar?  My prayer is you all can worship in freedom and not be restricted by doctrine.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

“Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”  Jesus speaking to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:28