Modern Day Disciples

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Parental example is the primary standard by which young children measure acceptable behavior. One of the values we strive to transfer to our young people is our belief in God (see Transferring Values). However, sometimes we perceive our faith as weak and wonder what kind of example we are actually setting.

Here is PROOF that we are capable of great faith!

I used to think that folks who anchored their lives on God’s promises were somehow supernatural in themselves. That walking by faith – believing that God’s Word will come to pass – required great strength. When we read about how God moved a mountain in someone’s life, how they were healed, how a negative situation was transformed into a great victory, we sometimes think, “Wow, I will never have that kind of faith.”

But the other day I realized that although these events are wonderful, nothing takes more faith than driving in rush hour traffic. Think about it. Here you are, strapped to the interior of a machine filled with explosive fuel, with spark plugs firing under the hood, driving amid all the crazies of the world.

Careening by you at the speed of light, on the right, is a car filled with 16 year-old boys who are mesmerized by the beat from their CD and by the woman in the car to your left. As for the single beauty on your left, she is busy multitasking with her lipstick in the mirror, her pink cell phone, a mocha java latte, and the car of teenage boys. Forget about Grandpa talking to his dog, the windowless van weaving in and out of traffic, or the harried mother trying to stop the fighting in the back seat. Anyone in their right mind will admit that this exercise alone proves that the angels of the Lord are encamped round about us.

We read about how the disciples rowed out into the deep and met with high waves, and we think that their faith is unattainable. Yet, I believe that each day we more than measure up. Each time we slip behind the wheel and turn on the ignition, we exercise remarkable faith. We honestly believe that we will arrive safely at our destination even though, statistically speaking, it is not a logical conclusion.

Each day we believe as the disciples did, that we will get to the other side. We have faith – supernatural faith – faith that moves mountains, and we take it out for a spin every day. Knowing this, let us now go forth and do great things.

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed … nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Matthew, Chapter 17: Verse 20

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Launching Out In Faith This Summer

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It’s the beginning of summer. Plans have been made. Visions and dreams have been identified. New faith ventures have been added to the bucket list.

But have you ever noticed that during times when you are about to bravely launch out in faith, circumstances become difficult? Obstacles appear out of nowhere? Or someone says something that takes the air right out of your balloon?

These are “living distractions,” and it is important that we recognize these hindrances for what they are: opportunities to put down our swords of faith and walk away from the power of God’s promises.

For example, years ago, the night before we were leaving to take our 3-year old for open heart surgery, someone close to us called to insist that our optimism in God was ill-founded. From the other end of the phone these words rang out: “Don’t you know that she could DIE?” We were not moved. We chose to maintain our confidence in God’s Word. The surgery went well and our daughter recovered quickly.

I am sure that you, too, can point to times in your own life when you stood on a precipice, ready to leap, and came face to face with opposition. Maybe it was a career change. Maybe your heart was beating fast at the prospect of opening your own business. Or maybe, just maybe, you wanted to move far away and begin again.

The Children:

Now let’s think about our children for a moment. How many hopes and dreams are they going to see come to fruition? How will they scale mountains and achieve great things? As we hold their hands and guide them through childhood, shouldn’t we be teaching them these same truths?

Let us remember as we launch out into the deep this summer that distractions will come. But we will see them for what they are, keep our eyes on God, and march forth with conviction and purpose. Stalwart. Confident. And immovable.

  • For none of these things move me …
  • For with God, all things are possible …
  • For He who has begun a good work in us will continue …
  • For we are fully persuaded that what He has promised He is also able to perform …
Acts, Chapter 20: Verse 24
Mark, Chapter 9: Verse 23
Philippians, Chapter 1: Verse 6
Romans, Chapter 4: Verse 21

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