Friday, May 31, 2013

share stories with our children

I was reading yesterday, and I cannot remember where I it was.  But the writer was talking about the fact that we share stories with our church about the lion’s den, men going through fire and walking on water.  We need to not only tell stories like those, but we must continue to live by faith.

God has not changed.  Faith has not changed.  God continues to do miracles and to lead people to do things for His glory.  I have experienced people being healed, receiving miracles and going through situations they should not have made it through.  That is reality.  People in the days of the Bible and in our day believe and trust God.  We trust God, but are we attempting anything that only God can do?  Are we really living by faith?

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.

Acts 15:26  NLT
who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Mark Batterson’s book In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day he suggested that our biggest victory, our largest success or our greatest faith may be hiding behind our biggest fear.  To not to do what God leads us to do is to miss the blessings and greatest things that God has for us.

I have seen God do incredible things.  These have happened in my life and in the life of our church.  Recently we purchased a new campus for our church that we will begin renovating.  It was priced at almost 1 million dollars, and we paid under 200 thousand for it.  That is a miracle.  Some of the people we go to church with have had sickness they should have died from, but God healed them.  Some of our church family have battled addiction, and some so deep that it looked like there was no way for them to come out it.  I have heard stories of neglect, abuse and so much pain that those people should have done nothing with their lives, yet God took something so broken and beat down and made them mighty men and women of faith.

God still does miracles.  Our kids need to hear stories and see lives living by faith in God.  Our trusting God and living for Him should inspire others to live by faith and to trust God.  The stories we share with out kids ought to lead them closer to God and to see God do even greater things in their lives.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.

When you read and share those Bible stories, share them with excitement.  When you see God work in your life or in the lives of others, share then with conviction and joy.  Watch what God does as we live by faith in God remembering that God can do anything, and God choses to use us, His children, to do more, accomplish more and give Him more glory.

May the lives we live and the stories we share inspire us and others to live with great faith!

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

NOTE: Pray for his pain, healing and for this family. Leon White is holding his own and is still at the hospice home in Dobson, NC.  If any of our church family would like to go sit with him, please let me know. 

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