What an incredible time we had at church! We experienced God's presence and saw two people receive physical healing during our worship service. I just love seeing people step out in faith and be healed!
The title of his message was Getting Stronger. I love sitting in the front row and hearing my husband share from his heart. His words are always relevant and practical.
"Without Faith it is impossible to please God."
A Children's Pastor for the past fifteen years, of course he brought props with him for his message.
He brought along an arrow, extension cord and a gas can.
We need gas to run our cars. Have you ever run out of gas? I have. More than once. It's not fun at all.
We need the extension cord to connect to electricity. Hunters need arrows for their bows if they want to catch that big buck.
These three things are simple items, but when connected to something more complex they make all the difference.
Life is full of complex problems. Some problems are so complex that you don't know how you'll fix them.
No matter how complex the problem, the answer is always simple. The answer is FAITH!
Faith simplifies life.
We have to become stronger in faith to the things that God has planned for our lives.
The connection with the deer for the hunter is the arrow. The only way to make your car run is to have gasoline in the tank. The only way to watch your game on television is to have electricity.
All of these things represent connection and are like faith. If I don't have my faith at work then my connection to God is lost. Faith is your connection with God.
You can't see God, you can't audibly hear God, you can't reach out and touch God. The only want to connect with Him is through Faith.
Faith is not self-generated or self-given; it comes supernaturally when we hear the Word of God.
"So faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God".
God is able to transmit from His word into your heart.
You don't pray for faith, it comes from hearing the word of God.
"The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple".
The first part of faith is hearing and the second part is doing.
My husband then surprised the congregation by making a peanut butter sandwich and taking a bite of it.
He pulled out some weights and did a few reps. He explained the process of weight lifting and how after eating the protein, he could build muscle by exercising. You need to eat the protein, then exercise consistently to build the muscle.
Faith works the same way.
When you come to church and hear the pastor speak about how love overcomes, how giving causes blessings, how God wants to heal and deliver, when you have heard that, you are feeding your spirit.
Later when something arises in your life, you will start to do what the word of God says to do in that situation.
Faith doesn't grow just be eating alone, in James 1:22 it says "But be doers of the Word, and not just hearers only, deceiving yourselves".
When you hear the Word of God, but don't do it, then you deceive yourself that it doesn't work.
That's why we have to be people that don't just eat the word, but also exercise it.
If you don't use your faith in the small everyday things, then you won't be ready for the big things.
Jesus has us on a development program.
"Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith."
When you encounter a challenge in life, Jesus will coach you along and there will be parts of the Word that will jump out at you, because it will be what you need.
We all have faith in different areas. That's why Jesus develops each one of us according to what our greatest needs are going to be.
If you want to grow in your faith, you can. You can start the process and it is customised just for you.
"God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."
We have to become stronger in our faith if we are going to accomplish the things God has planned for us.
I'm not even coming close to describing how powerful this message was.
And don't forget! Every sermon is available online.