Sunday, January 8, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: A MATTER OF FAITH


What I write on these Sunday post are things I believe or am studying. It was my personal experiences that drew me to the Word and my need to learn as much as I could about this Being called God. Every church I was ever a part of taught me something- even if it was what not to believe. But sitting down with just a pen, paper and a Bible I learned even more because it was the Spirit of God who guided me through the pages.
I believe in fellowship, what I do not believe in is church attendance. Over the years I have seen so many people not grow despite going to church Sunday after Sunday. You have to be challenged and you must accept that challenge in order to mature in faith. The challenge for every believer is to develop a personal relationship with God. When we get together, fellowship, with other believers it is for the purpose of encouragement and course corrections not just to go to church. (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 10:25-27)
Each of us brings our own expectations of God’s word when we sit down to read it, the more you expect the more you will receive.  No understanding should be based solely on what someone has told you. (2 Peter 1:20) Who has been told: “by His stripes you are healed” and still walk around sick? As you study Scripture God’s words becomes significant to you and the idea that He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals is believable. If you believe He Is then you will believe that He will; you expect the Word to work for you.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Much of the difficulty in believing in the Bible is a result of the infusion of man’s opinion into the mind. Corinthians cautions the believer to put their faith in the power of God not the wisdom of man. Christians have allowed denominations, family traditions, cultural norms, and un-biblical lifestyles to determine how Scripture is to be interpreted. The narrow truth of God’s words have been rejected because man’s opinion provides a wider path to earthly living.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Faith taught must be learned. Regular church attendance does not make your faith strong, nor does memorizing Bible verses make you a better Christian. Faith matures when a person is able to apply what is learned to all areas of life appropriately.
What you allow yourself to hear will be applied to your life. People hear such Scriptures as “seedtime and harvest” from Genesis 8:22 but do not understand how it relates to what is happening in their own lives. They hear the news and how bad the economy is and believe that is why they are in debt- application of what is heard.

Mark 8:18.
Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?

Your responses to life is based on your understanding of how God supports you. When a financial emergency arises quoting your Pastor will not change the circumstances. You cannot be a Sunday only Christian and expect to have laying on the hands type of faith (Mark 16:18).  If your focus is on the things of this world you will believe the things of this world much of which is contrary to the Bible.

Faith is about the here and now, how to live on earth. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)  Atheist will tell you that Christianity is irrelevant because they want to push their own theories about life. Un-Christian Christians (a discussion for another time) want to justify their segregationist ideology because of something a person or group of people did in the past, there will always be people and groups of people that manipulate God’s word to their advantage- they are of their father the devil (John 8:44). Muslims will tell you that Jesus was just a prophet and that their god is the real god; this is an important bit of information because many Christians (un-Christian Christians) believe the two religions can peacefully coexist even worship in the same building. Homosexuals and abortionist will tell you that God understands why they are the way they are and that their lifestyle is acceptable to Him; it is a lie from the pits of hell! But a person who has a personal relationship with God because he knows the word will not be moved by false doctrine they will use the sword of God to rightly divide the truth from fiction (2 Timothy 2:15-16).

Romans 8:31-39
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things? Who shall bring charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is He who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For I am KNOW that neither death nor life, not angels not DEVILS AND DEMONS not ungodly powers, nor things present nor things to come, there is NOTHING TO HIGH nor ANYTHING TO LOW, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate ME from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is what I believe; it is A matter of faith- Marsha L F Randolph

As I write I share various verses that are not written out. I encourage you to meditate on what is written and what is not written. I challenge you to question my words and let me know where you respectfully disagree. It is important that God be your Abba based on your own understanding of who He is- I am just His scribe.  Marsha L F Randolph

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