March 16, 2012

Faith—In Things We Cannot See

We thought it would be great to include this "Faith" article, which was from one of our earlier newsletters...

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen;
it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.“ 
~Heb. 11:1, NLT

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary explains the word faith as:

a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2): complete trust

Jesus explains faith to His disciples on numerous occasions.  It’s amazing to search the word “faith” in the Bible.  So often, it was explained that this person or that person was healed or saved because of their faith; yet, the disciples were continually reminded of how little their faith was—and they walked, talked & ate with Jesus!

Jesus told his disciples, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.
~ Matt. 17:20

Jesus then told his disciples, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt,
not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain,
‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
~ Matt. 21:21

Jesus said, “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today,
and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”
~ Luke 12:27-28

As we walk through this season of Support Team Building, we are continually reminded that faith can move mountains and what we hope for will actually happen.  Our support needs are great.  We are a large family of six… we are heading to Europe where the cost of living adjustment is an increase of 60%... we do live in Elkhart County, one of the hardest hit areas since the recession began four years ago and many are still struggling.

It can be so easy to find reasons why our support needs are impossible, but God calls us to live a life of faith and we choose to believe that He has called us to serve in Lyon, and He will provide all of our needs just when we need them!  Praise God!

Faith is also a step taken by each of our financial partners.  God may be calling you to sacrifice in some
way, or to step out in faith—believing in something for which there is no proof—and commit to give a monthly amount.  God is waiting for each of us to take a step of faith.  Are you ready to take that step?  God wants to meet your needs and bless you in abundance for your faithfulness in giving.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
~ Luke 6:38


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