Blind Faith

Is there really such a thing as blind faith?62-12

I would say that we use “blind faith” to refer to those times when we “step out”and believe something without any reason why we should in the natural, but we “know that we know” that we have received a word to “act.”

For instance, Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac because God told him to even though it didn’t make sense. Elijah believed fire would erupt on his woodpile when he called it down from heaven even though he had drenched it with water.Each of these men trusted the greatness and power of God and simply believed that God’s promises are true. So when God said to sacrifice Isaac, Abraham trusted that God knew what he was doing and his job was to simply obey.

The “true” life of faith means we truly know our God. It means we can hear his voice and dismiss other voices. It means we understand God’s character and promises. If that is the case we may be called to do grand things like Bible heroes of the past. However that won’t only be blind faith. Instead, that will be faith in God…..with our eyes wide open.

Rich Heart Poor Coat

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 “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you” John 16:23

Two men go to the bank cashier, both holding in their hands a piece of paper. One is dressed in expensive style, and presents a gloved and jeweled hand; the other is a rough, unwashed workman.

The first is rejected with a polite sentence, and the second receives a thousand dollars over the counter. What is the difference? The one presented a worthless name; the other handed in a note endorsed by the president of the bank. And so the most virtuous moralist will be turned away from the gates of mercy, and the vilest sinner welcomed in if he presents the name of Jesus.

What shall we give to infinite purity and righteousness? Jesus! No other gift is worthy for God to receive. And He has given Him to us for this very end, to give back as our substitute and satisfaction.

And He has “testified” of this gift what He has of no other, namely, that in Him He is well pleased and all who receive Him “are accepted in the Beloved.” Shall we accept the testimony that God is satisfied with His Son? Shall we be satisfied with Him?

A.B. Simpson

Lets Imagine

What do most of us expect from God?

Health, wealth, a happy and secure life?  The true love of a significant other?  OK, lets try for something even bigger and better than all of that: expect Him to use us in such a powerful way that we can’t even imagine or envision it right now.  That’s  pretty significant to trust God for the unimaginable.

Now, what great things do we plan to attempt for God?imagine

That might be easier.  Maybe we plan to share the Gospel with our friends or maybe a short-term mission trip.  We may even be called to full-time missions work, pastoral ministry, or prayer/intercession ministry just to name a few.  Whatever it is we’re planning, we must merge our goals with those expectations we have of God.

Remember, He has already promised that we can do greater works than our Savior Jesus did when He was on earth.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to Father.” John 14:12 NASB

Don’t just expect great things from God.  Attempt great things for God!  May we all surrender and allow God to bring the unimaginable to pass in our lives.

A Beautiful Exchange

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The cry of the Cross

Through bloodshed and pain

God’s mercy triumphant My wretchedness exchanged.

Rivers of God’s grace Cleansing my soul

Freed from condemnation Creating me whole

All my sin and guilt Cast upon the tree

Absolutely dealt with Provision made for me.

God wrath wholly satisfied At the final heartbeat

Total acceptance The sacrifice complete.

Through the blood of Jesus My righteousness proclaimed

Torrential outpouring My liberty now claimed

My Heart now beats with passion Ancient days now strange

A glorious new beginning In this Beautiful Exchange.

Alan Stevens

The Gracious Provider

“They need not go away!” the Master said,
“Give ye to them.” Ah, Lord, behold our store–
These loaves, these fishes,–see, we have no more!
How shall this fainting throng with these be fed?
“Make them sit down!”–and the disciples sped
To do His will. He blessed, and brake, and gave
And as they ate, each heart grew strong and brave,
Filled, till they craved no more, with hallowed bread.
Thus, when our hearts grow faint, and stores are small,
And thou demandest all that we possess,
O, help us, Lord, to bring that little all,
Knowing shouldst thou the gift accept and bless,
Our worthless store, so changed and glorified,
Ourselves shall feed, and fainting throngs beside.       – Mrs. J. C. Yule

GOD of The Empty Tomb

In moments of life’s emptiness,

Discouragement, and dismal gloom,

My spirit rises up to thank

The God of the Empty Tomb!

When darkness was at its deepest

As Jesus hung on Calvary tree,

He obeyed His Father’s Great Will

He willingly died for me.

The Power men had neglected

Revealed His Holy Presence clear

In darkness, the earth heaved and shook,

As scoffers ran off in fear.

Yet, the Light of this bleeding Christ

Beamed across Death’s dismal world

The Sacrificial Lamb lived again

As Eternal Life unfurled!

Jesus endured suff’ring and death

His Divine Mission completed.

How precious that through years of time,

His Redemption is repeated.

His Love out-lasts all other loves!

His Holy Light dispels Death’s gloom!

He is now and ever shall be Lord God of the Empty Tomb!

~Warrior for Christ

Abundant Life

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Jesus Christ is the only doorway into the abundant life. It doesn’t matter the number of philosophies the world says that we have, no matter how many religions are formed, no matter how many opinions are expressed, there will never be or will ever come a better way for us to live.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The Wish Of To-Day

I ask not now for gold to gild
With mocking shine a weary frame;
The yearning of the mind is stilled,
I ask not now for Fame.

A rose-cloud, dimly seen above,
Melting in heaven’s blue depths away;
Oh, sweet, fond dream of human Love
For thee I may not pray.

But, bowed in lowliness of mind,
I make my humble wishes known;
I only ask a will resigned,
O Father, to Thine own!

To-day, beneath Thy chastening eye
I crave alone for peace and rest,
Submissive in Thy hand to lie,
And feel that it is best.

A marvel seems the Universe,
A miracle our Life and Death;
A mystery which I cannot pierce,
Around, above, beneath.

In vain I task my aching brain,
In vain the sage’s thought I scan,
I only feel how weak and vain,
How poor and blind, is man.

And now my spirit sighs for home,
And longs for light whereby to see,
And, like a weary child, would come,
O Father, unto Thee!

Though oft, like letters traced on sand,
My weak resolves have passed away,
In mercy lend Thy helping hand
Unto my prayer to-day!

– John Greenleaf Whittier

Gospel of Hope

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Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you. 1 Peter 3:15


FOLLOWING this course—of preaching the Gospel of hope—we are following the Master and the apostles. They had so much of this spirit of hope, trust, confidence, love, joy, and peace that they could rejoice in tribulation; and they did so.

The apostles even sang praises to God that they were accounted worthy to share in the sufferings of Christ, that they might also share in his coming glories. Let us, then, dear brethren, realize that the world has tears and sorrows enough, and fears aplenty. Let us more and more use our time, strength, talents, joys, etc., in relieving the poor world of its mental distress.

Hearken to the words of Jesus: “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” “Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” As it will be God’s great work in the future, through Christ and the church, to wipe away earth’s tears, let us chase away some of those tears at the present time. images870QCSAD

Thus we shall help to prepare the way for the world to come back into fellowship with God by and by, for the faithful of the present time to walk more carefully in the footsteps of Jesus and to encourage one another in the good way. 

Manna