Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

Did You Pray Today? December 4, 2012

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Don’t start your day without prayer! Jeremiah 29:11-14 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I  have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

God tells us that he has plans for us! Each one of us are important enough that he actually has plans for us that will make us succeed, but how will we know what those plans are if we don’t talk to him and listen to what he’s telling us in return? It only makes sense to start our day by talking to our Lord.

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When One Door Closes, Another Opens September 10, 2012


Sometimes we struggle because we think we know the direction God wants us to go. Just when we think it’s going our direction, the door of opportunity closes. Just remember not to get discouraged. God doesn’t see things the same way we do and he can work in some pretty mysterious ways! Keep the faith and continue to pray for God to open your eyes to his will. Be prepared to go in a direction that you hadn’t considered because God may stretch you in ways you hadn’t imagined. Just when you think you’ve lost your way, the door will open and it will be clear to you that this is the plan that God has for your life. Pray that you have the discernment to realize it when God is pointing you in that direction!

Yours in Faith,

Pam

 

It’s Time for VBS! June 5, 2012

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It’s that time of year that the adults in the church come together to create an amazing time for the children in the community! I remember VBS as a child. It is not nearly exciting as the VBS weeks I’ve been involved in as an adult. There are so many resources available now days to help plan around a central theme for the whole week. I remember just a few adults being involved, but now there are many adults and teenagers in the church that help to plan and carry out the whole week. I look forward to seeing the children singing the songs and laughing at the skits and running around during recreation time. I haven’t been involved for a few years in VBS, but I think this will be a fun summer to be a part of it again. How about you? Is it time for you to be a part of  VBS at your church? Round up the kids in your neighborhood and encourage them to have a great time learning about God and Jesus this summer!

 

Don’t Let Satan Wreak Havoc in Your Life May 28, 2012

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Have you ever thought that God was giving you a clear sign that things were supposed to go a particular way in life, but for some reason or other it just didn’t turn out that way? It is so disconcerting when that happens. Then you’re trying to figure out what happened? Did you misunderstand or is Satan trying to step in and mess things up? He does that sometimes, you know. He will do anything to take God’s people off course if he sees them making progress toward winning new souls for the harvest. When things like this happen, we need to take a step back and evaluate what it is that God wants. It’s His church after all. Go to God in prayer and ask him to give you discernment to be able to see what His will is. I believe, if we ask and then truly listen for His answer, He will lead us in the direction He wants us to go.

I leave you with this thought for the day: “When the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us, I believe we gain a built-in inclination to take our concerns and needs to the Lord in prayer.” -Shirley Dobson

 

The Test of Faith in a Den of Lions March 16, 2012

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with the story of Daniel and the lions’ den. Let’s take a closer look at this event that is found in Daniel 6.

During the reign of King Darius, there were administrators that the King appointed to rule over different areas. They were jealous of Daniel because the King planned to put Daniel in charge over all of them. They talked the King into making a rule that all people were to pray only to the king for the next 30 days. Once King Darius signed the decree it could not be revoked.

Now the administrators knew that Daniel prayed to his God 3 times a day. They sat out to catch Daniel breaking this decree and when they reported it to the king, he had no choice but to enforce it. The punishment was to be thrown into a den of lions. King Darius liked Daniel and knew that he had faith in his God. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

King Darius was so troubled by the whole incident that he wasn’t able to sleep that night. The lion’s den had been sealed by a large boulder so that Daniel could not escape. We don’t really know much about Daniel’s reaction, judging from King Darius, he knew that Daniel had a lot of faith. I’d say that King Darius held out hope that God would come through and protect Daniel. Through this failed attempt to destroy Daniel, the administrators only brought about their own demise. The king had them and their wives and children thrown into the lion’s den! To see that Daniel was protected by God and that the others were destroyed had to prove to the people that Daniel’s God was powerful.

Could you trust in God to protect you from such a dangerous foe? Many of us don’t think to ask God for the protection that we need in our day-to-day lives. But God loves us and we must remember that he wants us to call on him. He wants to be there for us! May we all have the faith of Daniel when we must face the “lions” in our lives!

 

Noah Built the Ark by Faith March 10, 2012

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When God told Noah to build an ark because there was going to be a flood to destroy the earth, Noah must have been puzzled. It had never rained before! What a fool Noah would look like building this huge boat and filling it with animals. It took a long period of time to build the ark. Can you imagine the jokes people must have made about Noah? I’m sure he must have been ridiculed by unbelievers. But Noah never wavered in his faith to complete the mission God had given him. I hope that I can always feel so confident about my faith in God. And that I listen well enough to hear the task he gives to me.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

You see, even though we don’t see God, He is still here with us. The only way we can get to heaven is by having this faith in him. That is why it’s important for us to pray and read his word. Through these things we can come to understand what he expects of us and we strengthen our personal relationship with him.

 

Accomplished by Faith… March 9, 2012

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“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1-2

I’ve been studying Hebrews the last couple of days and Chapter 11 really caught my attention. Part of the reason is because my blog is called “Stepping Out in Faith”. The other reason is because I was thinking about the those who were mentioned by the writer of Hebrews. We don’t really know who is the author of the book of Hebrews, but seems to be explaining the Old Testament to Christians. Today, I want to take a closer look at faith and how it can fit into our lives today.

Christians believe that God created the universe by commanding it into being. He created it out of no visible means. Is this something we saw happen? No. Did a relative see it happen? No. Then why do we believe it? To the unbeliever this must seem like a magical trick. But this is not magic. It is real! Faith is believing in something that you can’t necessarily see. Knowing that God is always with us and will never leave us; that he is preparing a place for us; and that Jesus is the only path to eternal life are all things that we believe because we have faith in God. I don’t need to know about theories of creation because I have faith that God created it because the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that’s good enough for me!

In my next post we’ll take a look at some of the Old Testament faithful.

 

 

 
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