"CHURCH LIKE IT USED TO BE"
“What Is Your Motive?”
Franklin Roosevelt’s closest adviser during much of his presidency was a man named Harry Hopkins. During World War II, Hopkins held no official cabinet position. Moreover, Hopkins’ closeness to Roosevelt caused many to regard him as a shadowy, sinister figure. As a result, he was a major political liability to the president. A political foe once asked Roosevelt, “Why do you keep Hopkins so close to you? You realize that people distrust him and resent his influence.” Roosevelt replied, “Someday you may well be sitting here where I am now as President. When you are, you will learn what a lonely job this is, and you will discover the need for someone like Harry Hopkins, who ask for nothing except to serve you.”
When religious leaders inquired of John the Baptist concerning his purpose and his nature, he told them John 1:23…"I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah." He was not concerned that they knew his name, his lineage, or even his social status; he only wanted to point them to Christ. God has placed you in your wilderness, in your place of residence, that you might be a voice for Him. In your workplace and in your neighborhood, there is a great need for men and women who will abandon any preconceived idea of recognition and glory, and will stand up and be heard as simply a voice, speaking God’s glory. Have you been serving God out of a humble heart? As you go about your day, evaluate your service for God. Is there any thought of praise or recognition for yourself? If so, ask God to remove that prideful spirit and to replace it with humility. Do not seek to be valued, seek to be a voice, proclaiming God’s glory.
“This Man Receiveth Sinners And Eateth With Them”
"And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them." Luke 15:2
What a wonderful statement of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Pharisees and the scribes meant this as a criticism about Him, but we can rejoice that He came as a friend to the sinner. Luke 15 records three lost things. The first is the lost sheep that was separated from the fold because it wandered away, and tells how the shepherd left to search for it until he found it so he could bring it back home with him. The second is the lost silver that was separated within the confines of the house, and tells how the woman searched diligently in her house until she found it so she could reunite it with other pieces of silver. The third is the lost son that was separated from his father, and tells how his son made his way back to the father to be reunited with him. Each picture shows how our Heavenly Father longs for us to be with Him. He has provided redemption for that one that is lost and needs to be saved; rededication for that one that is in the house, but is not where they should be; and reconciliation for that one that has wandered away and would like to come home. It is also important to know there were two sons in that house. One returned to the Father, but as to the other, there is no record of him ever being saved…religiously lost!
“Learning To Live”
"Lord, my heart is not haughty…surely I have behaved and quieted myself." Psalm 131:1-3
Sometimes the smallest, shortest, or simplest things seem to be the most profound or powerful. Psalms does not take a minute to read, but it takes a lifetime to learn and live its precepts. This Psalm is not only written by David, but also about David. This is a Psalm of contentment and hope. Contentment gladly rests in the will of God, while hope yearns for the fulfillment of the promises of God. He reveals his sensitivity to his Father as he confesses his lowliness. The key words are: not, nor, neither, or; in this verse. He is confessing, I am not proud (haughty), but I am humble before the Lord. He reveals his satisfaction in his Father as he confesses his submission when he uses the words: behaved and quieted. David has disciplined his pride and smoothed out the roughness of his self-will to follow the Father. He reveals his security by his Father as he exercises his reliance and his rest in Him. It may take a lifetime to achieve, but it will be worth it when we arrive to this place in our walk with the Lord. God gives a lifetime to learn of Him.
“His Word For Our World”
"Thy word have I hidden in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11
What a wonderfully simplistic formula for success in our lives and yet how utterly complex we choose to make it. I believe it was D. L. Moody that stated – this Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book. There are three parts to the verse that will assist us in keeping this in perspective if we will just follow them. First, we see the precious provision mentioned by the psalmist when he speaks of the Word. When we read from, hear about, or think of the Word of God we have a decision to make regarding its message. The psalmist helps us with this decision by teaching us what to do with the Word when he talks about his precious place, as he explains that his heart is where it must be hid. The reason he hides the Word in his heart is found in his final challenge as he speaks of the precious purpose for keeping it there and that is so he might not sin against God. It is not just a personal choice when we sin, it is a spiritual problem. It not only affects us, but also our relationship to our Heavenly Father, for he is the one that we sin against. It also affects those around us and those in our life who are most dear to us.
“Get Thee Behind Me Satan”
"Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you." James 4:7-8
There are three words of action found in verse seven and they are all contingent on the power of God. The first word is “submit” and the action is to literally be subject unto God. The second word is “resist” and it is the same word the apostle Paul used in Ephesians 6:13 when he exhorted the Ephesian believers, wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to “withstand” in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. The third word is “flee” and we must realize that it is the power and presence of God in our lives that he is fleeing from, not anything in ourselves. The second action is reliant on the first action, and the third action is reliant on the first and second action. In other words, we cannot resist the devil until we first submit ourselves to God, and he will not flee until we submit to God and resist him. James is exhorting to stay as close to the Lord as possible and as far away from the danger as we can and we will not fall into any harm. It is when we rely completely on Him that we will be able to withstand in that evil day.
“Learning To Lean”
"Give us day by day our daily bread" Luke 11:3
The eternal God is thy refuse and underneath are the everlasting arms. This is a beautiful and comforting thought, that the God of the universe, Creator of all, and the Great I Am, cares about us. When we are cast down by the sorrows and cares of life, His unfailing arms are ever beneath to support us in our time of weakness; shelter us in our time of trouble; succor us in our time of need; and sustain us in our time of wavering.
There is an eye that never sleeps beneath the wings of night
There is an ear that never shuts when sink the beams of light
There is an arm that never tires, when human strength gives way
There is a love that never fails, when earthly loves decay
Are we leaning all our weight upon the everlasting arms? Upon His Everlasting Arms? When life’s storms appear, lean on Him. When life shatters our hopes and dreams, lean on Him. When life’s searching takes us to roads that are rocky, steep and unsettling, lean on Him. Cast all your care on Him for He careth for you.
“I Will Come Again”
"Serve the Lord with gladness…Enter into His gates with thanksgiving…bless His name." Psalm 100
Throughout history there have been battle cries that have motivated and rallied people for a cause or a purpose. Early in our nation’s history, before we had gained our independence, as the British troops advanced onto our soil the cry, “The British are coming” spread across the region. The citizens of this newly found and forming nation took up arms against those who take away the freedom they desperately longed for and craved and this phrase rallied them together for the common cause of freedom and independence. In the early fight for freedom for the Republic of Texas a small mission was fought for and defended by 183 freedom seekers who all lost their lives for their cause. The infamous cry, remember the Alamo, carried them on to victory and independence from those that would try to not only crush their dream, but also destroy those that dared to dream that dream. As Christians we also have a phrase that we repeat, however, it is more than a battle cry or a term that would motivate us to rally around a cause, it is, Jesus is coming again! We realize the resurrection of Christ gives confidence of His soon return. Bless His name!
“Peace and Joy”
1. Rid yourself of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in depression.
2. Cease negative thinking about the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.
3. Don’t waste time and energy on fighting conditions you cannot change: cooperate with life instead of trying to run from it.
4. Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the impulse to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.
5. Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.
6. Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues – love, humor, compassion and loyalty.
7. Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.
8. Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered, egotistical people score lowest on any test measuring depression.
The need to have real peace is Jesus Christ, his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. We ought to be serving Him. “Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do, and the God of peace shall be with you.”
From Duke University Study on Peace of Mind
“Repent Or Perish”
"By which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. But this Man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified." Hebrews 10:10-14
Hebrews reveals Jesus Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary’s Cross takes away sin, and later in the chapter reveals the fourth of five warnings presented in Hebrews to those who choose to reject Jesus Christ as Savior. Earlier, in the second chapter, we were challenged with the question, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him?” What does this mean for the sinner? The Lord Jesus Christ, as the Great High Priest took the blood sacrifice, which is His blood that was poured out at Calvary’s Cross, and offered it to God for forgiveness and redemption of sin; His blood was offered for your sin; He sat down next to the Righteous Father and rested. Never before could the High Priest rest, but Christ’s finished work of redemption brought rest to the sinner as He offered forgiveness of sin once for all to the one who would admit their sin to Him and ask to be forgiven. God’s forgiveness, and His gift of salvation are everlasting and eternal for the believer; settling forever redemption once for all through the blood of Jesus Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
“Prayer and Praise”
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. Everyday they wrest my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil." Psalm 56:3-5
David recorded his prayer in this psalm; it was from one of the times he ran from king Saul and was fearful for his life. He went to the land of the Philistines and was fearful of what the king of Gath would do to him. Psalm 55 presented his problems with his friends and family, and now in Psalm 56 he presents his problems with strangers and foes. As David rehearsed his prayers before the Lord, he recognized not only where his troubles came from, but he more importantly realized where his help came from. It is beneficial to read all thirteen verses, but our text reminds us of at least two things that will help us in our problem days. First, we have confidence in the Lord’s protection as we put our trust in Him. In the times we are afraid we must trust in Him. By that trust, we need not fear man or circumstances. Second, we have confidence in the Lord’s provision as we offer thanksgiving to Him as we receive, rest in, and rejoice in His Word. Our confidence must be in God and God alone. What does that mean? He is our strength, and we find Him as we stand before Him alone. Faith is always the predecessor of praise, and both are an evidence His Word is living in us.
“Prayer Reveals Your Treasures”
"And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name, ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:23-24
Prayer is without question, the most holy activity in which the child of God participates. James reminds, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Earlier, James echoed the words of his Savior as he reminded, “Ye lust, and have not, ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain, ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” Prayer is not a smorgasbord of free stuff that fills our plates with wants and desires; it is rather, a holy occupation with a Holy God, doing holy business in His Holy presence, and for His holy purpose in us. Do you seek His Holy purpose first, most, and only when you present your desires to Him? Too often, as James explained, we are asking to build up consumable goods rather than, as Jesus explained, eternal treasures in Heaven. It is almost as if we are bartering with the Lord to provide for us with empty promises of what we will give Him. He does not want all our “stuff”, He wants our heart, because where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. If He has our heart, He will have our treasures of life also. What is your purpose when you pray and let your requests be made known unto God?
“Of Whom Do You Speak”
"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." Genesis 18:19
For what do you want to be known? What kind of a name are you trying to make for yourself? Abraham was known for many things; even today the mention of his name in the Middle East opens great conversation, or conflict. Our text reminds us what God had to say about His servant and friend in this small commentary of his life. When asked by the priests and Levites, “Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us, what sayest thou of thyself?” John the Baptist answered, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet, Isaiah.” Later in their conversation he explained, “There standeth One among you, whom ye know not; He it is who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.” John wanted Jesus to be known above himself. James called himself a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul called himself a prisoner, and Simon Peter rejoiced that he was counted worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’s sake after being beaten, and later imprisoned. Some spend more time telling others what they have done, rather than what Jesus has done.
“And We Would Complain”
"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice; And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ’s sake, hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:30-32
Too many people let the actions of others distort their picture of God; perhaps it is by our impression of our fathers, or maybe even by our actions as a father or mother. It is easy, then, to question God when things do not go the way we think they should. Basically, we are a rebellious people; often we are short on being gracious and long on arrogance. When things go contrary to our own plans, we blame God for our perceived misfortune. Without hesitation we question His attitude toward us, His actions for us, and His acceptance of us. The fact is, today most people, including Christians, think God owes us something. He does not owe us, but rather provides for us by His grace, love, mercy, and compassion. We were enemies of God because of sin, but while we were His enemy, He sent His son to give Himself a ransom for our sin, offer forgiveness through His blood, and take away our condemnation. Jesus came as the Friend to the sinner; how can we criticize His Divine Gift? Yet we do. Many fail to understand the eternal provision God made to offer forgiveness for our sin; choosing rather to criticize Him for a momentary set back.
“What Are You Talking About”
"And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets and followed Him." Matthew 4:19-20
Told to me by a friend: My Dad led our family in devotions, prayer, and Bible reading; he was not a Bible scholar and I am sure it was difficult at times, but he knew it was needed to plant the seed of God’s Word in the lives of his family. He knew his mission field was found within the walls of his home. I was standing in a checkout line at the store a while back and the lady in front of me said, “I just got out of the hospital, I had surgery and the doctor told me I was lucky to be alive. In fact, he said I would not even be here if I had waited any longer to see him.” This women did not know me, but she took the time to share the most important event in her life with me. I am certain her family and friends had heard this same story, but she also wanted a complete stranger to know it also. I found out my Dad shared the same message with the men he worked with at the factory as he did with his family. The men came to me at his funeral and said they called him their company preacher man because he would not stop talking about Jesus. What does this mean? We pass on a message to others that matters to us. If it is important to us, we want others to know about it. How often are we willing to share Jesus with those we love, those we care about, and those we do not know? A true witness of Christ will share Him with everyone.
“I Do Or Maybe”
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:24
There is a war that is raging today; it is deadlier than any of the combat theaters of any war, conflict, or act of terror. It is in every corner of the globe, and no one is immune from its destruction. It is the battle for the home. The most personal and even sacred place is under a vicious attack by our greatest adversary. We have watched the destruction of our homes unravel before our eyes over the past two generations. Just within my lifetime I have witnessed how our attitudes toward marriage, fidelity, and devotion change from the unthinkable and unheard of divorce to the attitude of anticipation and expectation that it will happen. Part of the reason is so many have little regard for the sacred bond of holy matrimony which was promised before God and other witnesses. All too often they are just words with little or no meaning. I remember hearing several years ago about a Hollywood jewelry store advertisement, “We rent wedding rings”; sadly that is all some need because their devotion to marriage is found only in satisfying sensual desires, rather than fulfilling sacred covenants. The modern argument may conclude the status of the home does not matter, but our communities, nation, or churches can never rise above the strength and character of the home.
“Religion Or Salvation”
"If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain." James 1:26
There have been many arguments over religion down through the years. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people say they do not want anything to do with religion. I could not agree more; the word religion, or religious, is only found five times in the Bible (once in Acts, twice in Galatians, and twice in James) and it is associated with someone’s rituals, but not their faith in Christ. Religion is one of the biggest enemies of Christianity, Jesus did not come to establish a new religion, as some claim, rather, He came to redeem the sinner, and His message was an offense to the religious men of His day, His finished work took on the rituals of the past (religion) which fell short of God’s glory and provided eternal acceptance before God by His righteousness. Religion and Christianity have always clashed. Religion intimidates its followers into submission by fear of condemnation. Christ has set us free from sin and religion and He has given liberty in Himself as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Additionally, He provided something for man which religion could never secure; righteousness and reconciliation with God. Knowing the Truth and following truth gives us confidence through His matchless grace.
“The Reason For Service”
"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord…Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality." Romans 12:9-13
Paul’s exhortation to the Roman believers was to take the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and use them in their service to the Lord as they present themselves a living sacrifice to God. At the end of our text he encourages the believer to be given to hospitality. These are great words for the child of God to live by, but what could they possibly mean? The word given means to “pursue” and the word hospitality is made up of a compound word in the Greek which means first “to be fond of” and second “guests”. These versus teach the believer we are to love without hypocrisy, pray fervently for one another, and pursue and be fond of others for the sake of the Lord. Let me illustrate this from a personal testimony; many have shared their lives and extended their love to Miss Judy and me over the years. They have been gracious and hospitable in their service to God as they manifested their love to Him toward us. Their ministry to us did not prove they loved either God or us, however, their love to God could only be expressed effectively in service to Him and others. Our love to God cannot be kept silent, especially in matters of service.
“So, What Are You Protesting”
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
The 1960's were filled with protests. Some protested the war in Vietnam, some protested authority, some protested the establishment; it seems it was a decade to protest anything and everything. They called it a revolution, and it was a normal scene to see those protesters carrying their picket signs with their hand-written statements like: “No! No! We Won't Go!” Every Sunday and Wednesday we see those same signs outside our church doors on virtual posters, billboards, and hand-written statements. They are carried and displayed by people who call themselves Christians, but refuse to be involved in a local church. They are carried by people in the community who do not want to go to church because it intrudes on their lifestyle. They are carried by people who are members of their own church who have become so entangled with the pleasures of this life, they protest God by saying, No! No! I Won't Go!” There are many things we can align ourselves with others in protest, but our disobedience and rebellion toward God must not be one of them. What do we have that is more important than following God's Word, and being faithful to obey His command to attend His Church?
“Tears Do Tell”
"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." Romans 12:15
This has happened many times, it is the middle of the night and the phone rings, a voice on the other end tries to put their words together as they say, “Pastor, will you come right away, our loved one is not expected to make it through the night.” I quickly get dressed and make my way to their home, and after arriving we spend time with the family as they watch the life of the one they so dearly love take their final breathe and slip out into eternity. Tears are shared, prayers are presented to our Heavenly Father, and words of comfort from His Word are read in an attempt to help with their broken and bereaved heart. Most of us, if not all, have been to the end of the valley of the shadow of death. We have said good-bye to a parent, sibling, child, or friend, and through our tears have found comfort through the tears of others. I truly believe those tears which are shared may be the most comforting. Jesus shed tears at the grave of His friend Lazarus. Many wonder why He wept; I am convinced He shed His tears with His friends to share in their sorrow and broken heart. It may have brought more comfort at that moment than any other words He might have spoken. It impacted the family, but it also impacted those outside the family that day. It is a great example to follow. Let us weep with those who weep.
"Thou shalt keep, therefore, his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, forever." Deuteronomy 4:40
Many of the great coaches in their respective sports who have won championships and brought some kind of team pride to their communities, have also found the ugly side of fame as they endure one or two losing seasons, and hear the fans say, “The game has passed him by, and he is past his prime.” There is a growing belief today which explains God, His Word, and the instruction found within it are outdated and obsolete. Sadly, this philosophy has been adpoted by some in the profession. Some argue and boast, God is past His prime; His commandments were written thousands of years ago, and the world is a different place today. Indeed, there has been a great deal of change in the world around us, most have witnessed great change over the past several decades. But to think the Word of God is outdated, obsolete, or somehow antiquated could not be further from the truth. It is perhaps more important to follow its precepts today than at any other time in history. There is great confusion in our society today exhibited by our moral decay and a social gospel which is more interested in pleasing man than honoring God. Many simply do not care about right and wrong. We need God, but do not know it.
“Inside And Out”
"Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for Thou art my praise." Jeremiah 17:14
We often attribute the act of divine healing to the physical and medical challenges in life. However, there is also healing needed, and promised, for challenges which plague within and cannot be seen by others. The first is sorrow; most were exposed to sorrow early in life when we had to watch a grandparent or parent pass away. Sorrow will heal as the Holy Spirit applies His healing balm into this deep hurt; this oil of comfort will take the grace of God and soothe our aching heart, and over time take us into the loving arms of our Savior, who brings contentment and peace as we trust Him. The second is guilt; however, it can never be healed until the issue which has brought the guilt is confessed as sin before God. The healing and cleansing balm in this instance is the blood of Christ found only at the Cross. The burden of guilt from sin is unbearable and inescapable. Its scars and wounds are often found within, out of sight from those around, but ever present in the dark hours of a sleepness night. Our failure, the consequence of our sin, and the damage it has caused is met with the harshest judgment; not by God, but by our own unforgiving memory. The only cure is to let the Holy Spirit reveal sin, confess it to God as sin, and experience the joy of Christ's forgiveness, grace and peace.
“Forgiven And Forgotten”
"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ's sake, hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32
The unwillingness to forgive is one of the tools Satan uses to hinder the life of the child of God. Paul warned the believer Satan would try to get an advantage over them if they would not forgive one another. (II Corinthians 2:10-11) Jesus taught God commands His children to forgive, but why is it so critical for us to forgive? It is because of His Cross; He did not give us the justice we deserved; instead, He gave us what we needed according to His mercy and grace. Some argue they are willing to forgive, but not forget. That is the real challenge. The Bible teaches God will “remember our sins no more”; simply stated God knows we have sinned, and He promises when we confess our sin to Him, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”; this promise means He will never use those confessed sins of the past against us; they are forgiven and forgotten. In His message of prayer and forgiveness, Jesus explained we must be willing to forgive others as we have been forgiven, or our sin will not be forgiven. Once again, we are faced with the mercy and grace God extends in the life of the believer according to His will.
“Believing By Faith”
"And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said unto him, I am the Lord who brought thee out of Ur of the Caldeans to give thee this land to inherit it." Genesis 15:5-7
The faith exhibited by Abraham was no small act of trust in the Lord; yet our text explains as God revealed Himself to Abraham once again, he believed in the Lord's promise. The Bible explains that Abraham walked in faith with God, knowing he would not receive the fulness of His promise in his lifetime. We are exhorted in Scripture to walk by faith, and reminded that without it, we cannot please God, and whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Our relationship with God is based upon faith, it began with faith in Him for salvation as we confessed our sin and trusted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Then, like Abraham discovered, we must walk with God by faith, and believe His Word is faithful and true as He reveals Himself through it. How far are you willing to believe God? Will you give Him all you have to be used for His glory, trusting and believing if He takes it from you, He will replace it with something better? Abraham possessed and practiced that faith as he believed God to do what some thought impossible.