Good Folks, it is the last Friday in June. The fourth of July is next Wednesday. Enjoy the holidays.
There was an individual making a translation of the Scriptures into the language spoken in the country where he was a missionary, and searched long for a word for “Faith.” The natives had no word for “believe.” One day, while working on his translation, a native entered his room and, tired out, flung himself down on one chair, resting his feet on another chair and remarked how good it was to “lean his whole weight” on the chairs. Dr. Paton noted the word he had used for “lean his whole weight”; he had his word for “believe.”—A. Naismith
When was the last time that you “leaned your whole weight” on the Lord? Yesterday? Today, maybe? How about an upcoming medical procedure that required having to go under anesthesia? Have you ever had to rely on someone to hold you up, lest you fall and hurt yourself? I remember in a sermon where I said, “I have confidence in my doctor, but I have to trust in God to guide my doctor. I have confidence in the education afforded to me, but I trust God to grant me wisdom.”
Faith, trust and action are all inseparable. When I pray, I am asking God to intervene in my life in such a way that I will not fully understand what happens. When I put my entire weight on a ladder I am having confidence on its engineering to hold me steady. We will be hearing sermons beginning this Sunday on the faith we profess. In short, it will be sermons on “A Faith We Profess.” The last of the series will conclude on the last Sunday in July.
I will use the Apostles’ Creed as a launching point.
I invite you to prepare your mind, heart and soul for what God has in store for you. I close with the story found in the Gospel of Mark, chapter nine, verse 14ff. A father was able to get Jesus’ attention to persuade him to come and heal his son. Jesus gives a lesson on faith to his disciples and this man. And Jesus says the words, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.” And the father replies,” I believe; help my unbelief.” The father fully understood what he wanted from Jesus, where he was in his faith, and was asking for help in what he lacked… He trusted in the one who supplies and is able to do all things. Do you?
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. Wm. Carey
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1