Monday, August 29, 2011

living by faith

For we live by believing and not by seeing.

This was a big weekend.  From every angle it began to be a quiet and uneventful time for most of us, but it seemed that every corner we turned around that there was something waiting on us.  Some of it is so good.  Some of it is draining.  Some is eye opening.  Some is even heart wrenching.

My weekends begin with my day off on Friday.  I try to guard that day and schedule some time for my wife and I.  This was one of those GOOD days as she and I went to lunch with a friend and then took a drive.  It was a blessing.  Did you realize that living by faith means you need some down time?

That day ended with going to the local high school football game which was good as my girls who march in the band.  It will be a great year watching them progress.  The football team won too.  Sure enjoyed my time with friends at the game.  Did you know that living by faith means you need to enjoy life with other people?

Saturday was going to be fairly light and ended up being pretty well packed together.  I enjoyed a long 4 mile walk with some great people who help plan ministry event, raise money for ministry projects and encourage me in big ways. Spent some time later with my son and my wife.  It was the day of our 4th Saturday FREE Community meal.  By the way, it was most likely the largest feeding we've done in an evening setting.  During the meal I sat with several people who were hurting big time.  We prayed together, talked about life and pushed to see what God is doing.  Do you understand that living by faith you will find yourself with people who are not always in great places?  It might even be messy.

Sunday is by far the most important day of the week for me and my favorite.  But the sermon was off, or so I thought.  Yet several people took a step toward God.  Many made a commitment to be baptized.  I was able to watch God work.  Later in the day my family spent time with some folks who have been in a tough situation, and we even had some struggle with real life junk.  Yet I got to take to a guy that came to church and hasn't realized in a long time that God loves him.  Pray that this man will take more steps toward God.  Have you seen that living by faith is increased and maximized when you help people take steps toward God?

Dude, I want to challenge you as I have been challenged to take some huge steps of faith.  Dream some dreams that could only come from God and only be fulfilled by God.  Living by faith often takes risk, demands courage and increases our discomfort.  Why is that?  It is because faith means I can't stay where I am and as I am.  God has greater heights for me and for you.  Yet living by faith means you and I have to take some big steps of faith.

Are you living by faith?  God wants us, presses us and demands that we live by faith.

Did you realize that living by faith means you need some down time?
Did you know that living by faith means you need to enjoy life with other people?
Do you understand that living by faith you will find yourself with people who are not always in great places?  It might even be messy.
Have you seen that living by faith is increased and maximized when you help people take steps toward God?

Lets take a step so that others will see and God will agree that we are living by faith.  Will you join me?

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

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