December 04, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO GIVE BLESSING FOR FAITHFULNESS (part 3)

* 1Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

* Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings….

God calls us to be faithful in four major areas:
I. God Calls Us to Be Faithful in His Word
II. God Calls Us to Be Faithful in Our Worship

III. God Calls Us to Be Faithful in Our Walk
The Bible describes our lifestyle with the word “conversation”. What do people hear when they look at our lives? We could very easily be faithful to read God’s Word and to attend church, yet fail in our walk. There are a lot of Christians who read their Bibles, pray, and attend church, yet the world sees them as a fake because they see how they act outside church. Many men who dress up for Sunday morning lose their families because their suits do not match their hearts. Paul wrote to the church of Ephesus, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” We all have the job of being a better Christian. Some may have the job of being a better husband or father this year. Some may have the job of being a better co-worker this year. We must decide personally, but I guarantee everyone can make adjustments. If we are more faithful to a group or activity, but lose our wife or kids, we will have chosen the wrong object of our faithfulness.

IV. God Calls Us to Be Faithful in Our Witness
* Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
* Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
In the book The Unchurched Next Door, Dr. Thom Rainer gave a statistic that scared me. He said that 98% of churchgoers never extend a church invitation to a friend or family member. What if the twelve disciples had adopted this form of evangelism? We would probably have never heard the gospel. Telling others about Christ was the life and focus of the disciples, and it should be ours also.

Remember our verse, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings..”.

December 03, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO GIVE BLESSING FOR FAITHFULNESS (part 2)

* 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

* Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings….

God calls us to be faithful in four major areas:

I. God Calls Us to Be Faithful in His Word

II. God Calls Us to Be Faithful in Our Worship
* Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
* Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
* Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
* Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
The new trend in the world is that we can worship wherever we want. This is true, but we must not miss the role of the church. Jesus Christ died for the church. The local church is the heart of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:25 talks about church attendance, but even more than that, it talks about faithfulness. Without even saying the word faithfulness, this verse exemplifies this important truth. The writer says that we should be found assembling together as we see the end drawing near. There is no doubt that Jesus could return at any moment. Will you be found faithful in God’s house? Sometimes I wonder what would happen if Jesus returned on a Sunday. How many people would have a lot of explaining to do if they showed up to Heaven in a football jersey, a hunting outfit, or their golf clubs hanging on their shoulder, or their beach clothes on? This is not biblical, but it can be very thought-provoking.

Worship does not just to take place in God’s house. It should take place every day in our lives. If we are faithful to worship in God‘s house, God is able to bless us for it.

December 01, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO GIVE BLESSING FOR FAITHFULNESS (part 1)

* 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

* Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings….

Some people believe that faithfulness has died in our culture. Faithfulness has not died; it has been misplaced. Every single person on this earth is faithful to something. The problem with our faithfulness is the object of our faithfulness. The unsaved person of this world has no problem being faithful to his favorite football team on Sunday. The unsaved person of this world has no problem being faithful to his drinking buddies or his sinful addiction. The unsaved people are not the problem with misplaced faithfulness; Christians are the problem. You and I would expect a non-believer to miss church on Sunday for recreational activities . I do not “expect” that from someone who has been purchased with the blood of Christ. I fully expect an unsaved person to be addicted to drugs or lustful thoughts. I do not “expect” a Christian to when he has the Holy Spirit living inside him to give him victory over Satan.

USA Today introduced a statistic that says 72% of people who claim “God, a higher or supreme being, exists,” do not attend church even on holidays. This leaves an anemic 28% of people who claim God to attend a local church on any Sunday. Where has our faithfulness gone? How can we expect the non-believers to be knocking down the doors to the church if Christians aren’t?To what are you faithful?

God calls us to be faithful in four major areas:

I. God Calls Us to Be Faithful in His Word
-Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
-Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
-list in concordance of psalm 119

LifeWay Research released a statistic that declares that only 19% of churchgoers read their Bibles every day. Only one out of every five Christians reads his Bible. I would dare say that if we asked the people who sit in our pews we would be surprised as well. Sometimes I wonder how many problems and pitfalls Christians could avoid if they would simply read their Bible. This is the most basic of all Christian principles, yet Christians have misplaced their faithfulness on other material and worldly objects.
If we would pick up God’s Word and dig into what He has for us, we would be hooked. When God’s Word truly becomes a “lamp to our feet, and a light to our path,” we will become faithful to it. God knows that His Word will help us but only if we commit to being faithful to it.