I would like to encourage you today! You know Jesus wanted to do the same thing for those who followed Him during His earthly ministry. Just one example, Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage: I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Another translation of the verse has in place of "but take courage," "but be of good cheer" God wants us to be encouraged and be of good cheer.
You may already be encouraged just by reading the above verse. I hope so! That is the Lord's intent of that passage of scripture. But let me have another go at it with the heart of specifically how you may be uplifted/encouraged: Faith is your precious possession. God's gift to you is faith, and in addition to other ways faith is helpful, faith fills us wth corage, En-courages us, putting courage IN us.
Everyone has a measure of faith (see Romans 12:3). You used faith when you believed God for salvation (see Ephesiand 2:8). But don't pack faith away like a used-once item boxed and stored in the attic. Salvaton faith was only the beginning of using God's invaluable gift. Not only are we saved by faith, but we live by faith (see Romans 1:17).
Now, if you're like me, you could use a dose of courage-you could stand a shot of cheer. And no wonder, as we quoted Jesus in the verse above, "in the world you have tribulation." This old broken world, circumstances, and just plain LIFE, chip away at our confidence, our faith, and can cause our faith to be lacking, weak, and many times, unused. But this kind of " unkind" setting is perfect for our faith to prove strong.
Faith, by definition "is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). So when you can't see an answer because it is so dark, faith shines a light. In other words, believe God no matter what the circumstance says. Your trust in God remains intact even if it all falls apart. Faith says, " God will see me through no matter what. And while I'm waiting for an answer in faith, I know that God is on the case and will bring about His glorious plan in His time."
We want to please God, don't we? Of course we do. Look at this verse that emphasizes God's heart on the matter, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Wow!, see how vital faith is to our walk with God? If we don't practice faith, the walk ain't (is not) happening. And we dare not miss the promise of reward either.
Part of that reward is encouragement. It is kind of a circle; it will take courage to use your faith, but you will get more couage as you use your faith. It may be difficult to get into a habit of consistent faith, but it is well worth the effort.
May God bless us, and He promises that He will, as we seek to "walk by faith and not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:7). And may we be cut of the same material as the early disciples who requested of Jesus, "Increase our faith!" (Luke 17:5)
Love to all, Scott
Looking for Something more?
Feel that there is something missing?
Come and join in with other women of faith for a time of study and prayer.
We are beginning a new evening bible study for women. It will be held
in the fellowship hall.
We will have a meeting to pray and plan our new study on Wednesday, August
27th at 7:00pm in the fellowship hall.
For more information contact the church office.
How do we live out and share with others this Good News? From John 3:16 we see 3 aspects of the Gospel/Good News:
1. LOVE — “God is Love” (1 John 4:8) God shares His incredible, unconditional, powerful love with us. As it says, “For God so loved the world.”
2. FAITH — We believe, have faith, in God and His promises. We are called to be believers, not doubters. This is an active faith. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 4:7).
3. LIFE - God is Life - “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We were dead, separated from God because of our sins, but through Jesus Christ, He made us alive! (see Eph. 2:1-6).
We see this good news, this love, faith, and life lived out and shared with others through all the things we do and say as a church:
Prayer, Worship, Learning (Christian Ed), Fellowship, Service, Evangelism (see Acts 2:42-47)
In closing, let me again mention a couple of new things that are coming up in the life of our church. First, you will see the current Session of our church, the elders, briefly kneeling in prayer at the altar just prior to the beginning of Sunday morning worship. This is to humble ourselves before the Lord and request His blessings upon our worship, our church, our families, our nation, and any current church need. We hope you will join us in prayer from the pews as we prepare our hearts for wor-ship, and ask for God’s hand of blessing.
Second, the Billy Graham, My Hope America training session is coming up on Sunday, July 28, at 7pm. Please be in prayer for this outreach ministry where people of our church will invite others to their home to hear the gospel presented. We’ll share more about this ministry at worship and in depth at the training session. Let me know if you’re interested.
It is indeed a privilege and joy to live out and share this glorious Good News with you, the Spring Creek Church family, on a daily basis. God is blessing us beyond measure and it is exciting to consider what He will do in our midst in the future.
In Christ’s Great Love,