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Divine Connections - Part 7

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Hello friend!                             
 
I trust that you are strengthening your divine connection and that you are "Growing Your Faith." According to Colossians 2:7 we must let our roots grow down into Christ. Our lives must be built on Him. For this to happen, we must grow in the word of God. We must root our lives in the principles that Jesus taught and build our lives on those principles. Our faith cannot grow without the word of God because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
 
Man's word generates doubt and fear. God's word generates faith.
 
The only way we can please God is by having faith. We please God when we dare to take the principles of God's word and apply them to our lives. The word of God will never agree with our circumstances. If we are going to walk with God we have to walk by faith and we have to agree with His word. When we fail to be rooted and established in the word of God, it will keep us from making the kind of progress we need to grow our faith. In fact, our faith should be growing progressively. Jesus made reference to different levels of faith in the gospels.
 

1.    Little faith

2.    Growing faith

3.    Strong faith

4.    Great faith

 God has given to each of us the measure of faith. Today we will learn how to progress from the measure of faith to great faith.

Your pastor and life coach,
 
Randy Morrison
 
    
 
Remember:  Spiritual Success begins on Sunday Morning!   
 

Those with little faith do nothing but react to their circumstances instead of intentionally responding in faith based on God's word. Little faith responds to circumstances with fear. In Matthew 8, Jesus told His disciples to go over to the other side. They started out in faith, but they allowed their emotions to take control when they faced a storm. When our emotions are ruled by fear, they will never lead us into victory. The disciples did not succeed because they were influenced by fear instead of acting on what Jesus instructed them to do in spite of the challenges they were facing. In life, challenges will either grow our faith or our fear.

 
QUESTION: If fear was not a part of the equation of your life, what would you attempt to do? Something is growing in your life. If your faith is growing you will not fear.
 
 

Growing faith required endurance, which is the strength to withstand mental and physical stress when under pressure. The question is not if trouble will come but when trouble will come. There are two witnesses in the Bible that confirm that we will experience trouble in this world. In Job 14:1, he says, "We are all adrift on the same boat." Trouble happens to everyone. The question we must ask ourselves is, "What am I going to do with what happens to me?" We will either respond in faith or fear. Jesus said in John 16:33 that we will experience difficulties in this ungodly world. We can use our faith to live a stress-free life by believing that God is telling the truth all the time about everything, or succumb to the circumstances we face on a daily bases.

 
REMEMBER: It's not what happens to us in life, it's how we respond to what happens to us. Growing faith means that we are increasing our dependency on God. We can only assess the growth of our faith through the things we endure.
 
 

This faith is knowing how to fix our perception by looking at life from the unseen world. Strong faith sees life from God's point of view. When we look at life from our point of view, we look at the problems instead of the solutions.

 
People who operate in strong faith do not allow the circumstances 
to dictate to them what they believe.
 
Looking at life from a natural point of view puts us at a disadvantage when it comes to walking by faith. Our physical senses always try to disagree with what is possible through strong faith. 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us to look not at the things that are seen, but the things that are unseen. The things that are seen are temporary. They are subject to change. The things which are not seen are eternal.
 
STRONG FAITH has the ability to see what is not yet a reality to our natural eyes, and to release the manifestation of God's word into the atmosphere of this natural world.
 
 
This faith has a lot to do with conquering what seems like a contradiction in our lives. Hebrews 11:3 says, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." In Genesis 1, God corrected what was wrong by speaking words of faith to the chaotic condition of the world atmosphere. His words have the power to shape things the way He wants them to be. We tend to frame our lives with negative words and wonder why our lives are not improving. Jesus said that by our words we are justified and by our words we are condemned. (Matthew 12:37)
 
THE POWER OF WORDS - If we are going to shape our world, we have to change the way we speak about life. We have to speak God's word to frame our world.
 
Accepting things by faith when the natural is saying something different can be the hardest thing for someone to comprehend with the mind, but that's what faith is all about.
 
Great faith enables us to understand what God does, 
to see what others cannot see, and to do what others cannot do!
 

 

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Divine Connections - Part 6

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Hello friend!                             
 
 
When we hear a message, we need to look at ourselves to know if it is speaking to us. In Luke 22, Jesus reveals that someone was going to betray Him. Judas was the weak link who Satan used to try to get to Jesus. Betrayal is one of the tools Satan uses to dissolve relationships. 
 
In verses 31-32, Jesus informed Peter that Satan had plans for him as well. "And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail..." 
 
We learn from this that the devil is after one thing in our lives and that's OUR FAITH. If he can get our faith, he can destabilize our life. We have been looking at Divine Connections. Today we will learn about "Growing our Faith."
 
The responsibility of growing our faith rests on
 our capability to engage in its development.
 
God has given us the measure of faith and He intends for us to grow that measure from little faith to great faith. Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) tells us to continue to follow Jesus just as we accepted Him. We received Him by faith and we must continue to walk by faith in Him. Verse 7 tells us to let our roots grow down into him. The deeper our roots, the stronger our life is going to be. Our faith will grow strong in the truth we were taught and we will "...overflow with thankfulness." When we grow deep roots and when we build our lives on Him, our faith will grow strong.
 
Being rooted and grounded in the word of God 
is absolutely necessary to maintain and grow our faith.
 
We need to understand the importance of the role of the word of God in the development and growth of our faith. Today we will discover that the word of God is the seed that produces great faith, if we provide the right environment for that word to grow in our lives.
Your pastor and life coach,
 
Randy Morrison
 
    
 
Remember:  Spiritual Success begins on Sunday Morning!  
 


In Mark 4:14-20, Jesus teaches about the importance of the word of God to grow our faith. We provide the soil, or the environment, for the word of God to grow. Mark 4 discusses 4 different environments.

 

1. WAYSIDE- These are people who HEAR THE WORD but don't comprehend it. Satan comes immediately to take the word because of the unresponsive attitude of those who hear the word, but do not apply God's word to their lives.

 

2. STONY GROUND- These are people who HEAR THE WORD and immediately receive it with gladness. They are emotional hearers. They allow their emotions to be the prevalent voice in their lives, but they have no roots. Emotionalism does not give you any roots, because your emotions are based on what is happening at the moment. They endure only for a time. When tribulation and persecution arise FOR THE WORD'S SAKE, they stumble.

 

3. THORNY GROUND- These are people who HEAR THE WORD, but the cares of this world choke the word. They don't respond to life by doing the word, so their lives do not change.

 

4. GOOD GROUNDThese are those who HEAR THE WORD and that word produces in their lives.

 
WHAT IS THE X-FACTOR?
They all heard the word, but only one of them did the word. If we are not bearing fruit in life we need to look at our response to the word. Those with good ground accept the word, believe the word, and act on the word. The word we hear is good, but the environment we provide for that word may be hindering its growth.
 
 
THE 4 LEVELS OF FAITH
  • Little faith
  • Growing faith
  • Strong faith
  • Great faith

LITTLE FAITH has to do with humanly reacting to circumstances instead of intentionally responding to circumstances. In Matthew 8:23-27, the disciples responded to the circumstances with LITTLE FAITH. They were in a boat with Jesus on the way to the other side. When a storm arose, they revealed their "little faith" by posing a question to Jesus. "Don't you care that we are perishing?"

 
Every one of the challenges we face in life reveals our faith, or our fears.
 
Jesus spoke to the disciples about the influence and the level of their faith. Then, He spoke to the storm to show them what they should have done. LITTLE FAITH DOES NOTHING EXCEPT REACT TO CIRCUMSTANCES. Our faith will not grow if we only react in fear to problems instead of intentionally responding in faith.
 
GROWING FAITH is characterized by endurance and "stickability."
 
We can only evaluate the growth of our faith 
by the things that we are able to endure.
 
ENDURANCE is the strength to withstand mental and physical hardship or distress.

We all experience different kinds of trouble in life. James 1:2-4 tells us that we will face complicated situations in life that we need to endure. We can "count it all joy" when we consider our times of trouble as growing times. When we are going through something our faith is being tested. We can benefit from these times of testing, because our endurance can grow. It's not what happens to us in life, it is how we respond to what happens that counts. If we want to get to the top, we have to go through the process of growing our faith.
 
Don't run away from your problems in life. 
Use them as a challenge and your opportunity to grow.

 

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