Growing in Faith

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.
And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

Revelation 19:11

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have not left us without any help. You have left this earth, but You have sent us the great Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to guide us and to keep us safe. Hallelujah! Guide us in and through Your Word this week. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

While reading through the Book of Revelation chapter 19 last December I could not help but notice this wonderful verse in which Christ the LORD is called “Faithful and True.” What a name! How could I have ever missed that? Well, from now on, this verse is marked in red and I will remember it — that’s for sure.

Yesterday’s sermon was all about God’s Faithfulness. Yes, the LORD has always been, remains, and forever will be faithful. Great is His Faithfulness! Let’s get busy studying His Word and getting His Promises into our hearts.

One of the many ways that we can learn more about His Faithfulness and grow in our faith is to read and study His Promises. While reading our Bible, and whenever we come across what He has promised in His Word, we take special note of it: reading these passages more often and/or writing them down into a journal.

Another way for us to remind ourselves of such important facts is to sing about them. Music has an amazing influence on us and others. The words and the tunes of praises are powerful and often highly contagious — infecting other believers as well as some unbelievers. All in all, they are a great way to remember and to declare God’s mighty acts.

Also a way to put His Word into our hearts is by memorizing verses, chapters, and even parts or whole books of the Bible — which will be our topic for Wednesday’s blog post.

Grow in the grace and knowledge of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ today.

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Who Has the Power

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I will call upon the LORD,
who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:2-3

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are worthy to be praised. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we doubt that You are above everything. Open our eyes so that we may see Your wondrous works. Help us to declare Your mighty acts and to give all glory to You. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

As Christians we should know that we need to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and adjust our lifestyle whenever it is not in line with God’s Word (2. Chronicles 7:14) In Wednesday’s post, when I quoted from 2. Chronicles 7:13-14, I mentioned something else, though:

“that the One who is able to calm the storm is also the One who is able to send, allow, or avoid the storm. (2 Chronicles 7:13)”

If we are honest now, how often do we really ask ourselves if God has sent or allowed a hardship that we are facing that moment? Is there a reason why this is happening? Could God have stopped this kind of thing?

What if we do know that whatever we are facing right now is the work of God? Will we accept His will and trust Him? Will we continue to call upon Him? Will we still praise Him?

Will we join David and say, no matter what:

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I will call upon the LORD,
who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:2-3

Or will we wrestle with God who has the power to make the sun rise in the morning and the sun to set in the evening? Do you agree that the One who knows how and why the storm came to be is also the One who knows how to cease the storm again?

Call upon the LORD and praise Him today.

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Whenever Your Power Is Gone

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain,
or command the locusts to devour the land,
or send pestilence among My people,

if My people
who are called by My name
will humble themselves,
and pray
and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are our Help, Your mercy will lift us up, and You are our Comfort. Lead us, O God we pray, through times when we are weak. Open our eyes to see the beauty and power of Your glory. Help us in every step we take so that all be done as unto You and not as unto man. Give us the confidence that, even though we feel weak and quite helpless and alone, but You, O God, are the One who remains on the throne and who is well able to perform whatever needs to be worked out. In these times especially, remind us to be still and to wait and to know that You are God. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Today will be another power outage day in our home, and I’m very much looking forward to it. Why? Because these are the kind of days things shut down and do not run the normal usual way. No internet, no social media, no TV, no news — It’s like living in another “world” for a few hours.

Like I mentioned in Monday’s post, we were not taken by surprise today, but we were able to prepare ahead of time for the power outage.

So what do we do whenever the power in our life is shut down unexpectedly? Where or by what do you generate that power you so desperately need during a time of hardship and perhaps loneliness?

1 You remind yourself that the One who is able to calm the storm is also the One who is able to send, allow, or avoid the storm. (2 Chronicles 7:13)
2 Are you a Christian called by His name? Then continue with step 3. If you are not called by His name yet, this is the day! Today, now, you need to humble yourself and cry out to Christ Jesus the LORD —

For “WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.”

Romans 10:13

3 If you are a Christian, you know what to do:
– humble yourself,
– pray (which includes to ask God for the forgiveness of your sins),
– seek His face,
– and turn from your wicked ways (wrongdoings, no matter if they are done unknowingly or willingly; ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the ones you are not aware of)

The LORD will hear you from heaven and He will forgive your sins today.

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