Believing in something you havent seen, because of the evidence which is given. People who follow God must believe. No man has seen God at any time. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 1 John 4:12. We must accept that he is because of the evidence which is provided. We must live by faith!
David was a man who
believed in God. Even at a young age he believed in God. He said to
Saul, "Your servant used to keep his father's sheep, and when a lion
or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and
struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose
against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your
servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine
will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living
God." Moreover David said, "The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of
the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand
of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with
you!" 1 Samuel 17:34-37. He understood that a man or a youth
was not capable of killing a bear and a lion without someone
supernaturally helping. He believed that it was God. He believed that
God would do the same to Goliath as he had with the lion and the bear.
Because of this evidence David had faith in God. He was the one who gave
the victory. We must live by faith to receive the victory!
When David sinned by committing adultery and murder, God forgave him. David did not see the sin as God removed it from his life. We do not see the sin removed from our life when God grants us forgiveness. Saul of Tarsus was told to arise and be baptized and wash away his sins. (Acts 22:16). He had sins. One sin he had was persecuting Jesus. He did this by persecuting Jesus followers. God forgave him when he obeyed His command. By faith we must accept that God does forgive sins.
Read Hebrews chapter eleven. There is a list of many people who lived by faith. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6. There were several who lived by faith but the author does not go into detail about them. Read Hebrews 11:32-40. Notice particularly verse 39-40: And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
We must have faith in God, all His promises and His commandments in order to inherit the promises. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1.
Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Marilyn Dodge, Flo Lombardo, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Liam Gregory (Anna Gregory's great grandson), Ruby Goodrum, Kassidi Lands (Kathy Harty's great niece), Claude Lowe, Clella Whiteside,
Isabella Sandlin will have had her surgery (by Sundy) to help with the drainage of fluid on her brain. Please keep Isabella and her family in your prayers.
Don Magill had cataract surgery the last two Mondays on both of his eyes. He is doing good.
Fred Carter (brother of Tom Carter) is having some health issues. Lets remember Fred in our prayers.
Nadine Barton is in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Let's keep Nadine in our thoughts with cards and visits and prayers.
Lou Ellen Goins is still having health problems. Keep Lou Ellen in our prayers.
Ralph Nelson received a call from the surgeon. He will go back and do another evaluation on 7/11. Shots are not helping very long and cannot have them very often. Let's keep Brother Ralph in our prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Debbie King (Jamie Harty's niece's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Tiffany Ledbetter (friend of Belinda Pullum, Geraldine Brackley (cousin of Jamie Harty)Della Garris (Friend of Joyce Sandlin)
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler & Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, Leoma Owens in Mark Twain.
Thank you all so much for all you did for Bob & I. Bob loved the church and appreciated everyone of you. Thanks for the prayers, the visits and the calls and the lunch for us the day of the funeral. I love you all and am glad I have a church family to depend on at a time like this.
Who Is This Person?
Answers for last weeks riddle:
#1 Jill Shepherd
#2 Tom Shepherd
Person 1 -
I was born in Evening Shade AR.
I worked for the US Forest Service 29years.
I play the piano - self taught.
I am an only child.
I have no children.
I am a woman.
Person 2 -
I was born in Noble, AR.
I work for a national retail store.
I have no children.
I love crafts.
I am one of nine siblings, eight are still living.
I am a widow.
God's Promise to Deliver Israel
"I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt... I will certainly be with you ... I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt...to a land flowing with milk and honey... So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go." Exodus 3:10, 12, 17, 20.
Again, we see our God of promises pouring out His guaranteed plans like a cascading river. They encompass God's promises to deliver Israel. These promises build upon God's fundamental commitment to Abraham to call out a people for His own glory and purposes. The central promise reveals the rescuing heart of God, who wants to deliver people from bondage, and bring them into blessings. "I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt... to a land flowing with milk and honey." Exodus 3:17.
Our God is a God of compassion. When Israel was in cruel bondage in Egypt, God's heart was moved with concern."And the LORD said; I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows." Exodus 3:7. The prophet Isaiah put it this way: "In all their affliction He was afflicted." Isaiah 63:9. Thus, the Lord committed Himself to deliver them. "So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go." Exodus 3:20.
When the Lord Jesus walked upon this earth, He demonstrated the same compassion. "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd." Matthew 9:36. This same loving compassion led Jesus all the way to the cross to deliver us from the bondage of sin.
The delivering work of God for Israel was not only from bondage; it was to substantial blessing: "to a land flowing with milk and honey." Exodus 3:17b. Israel was not only rescued from great heartache, but they were brought into a joyous bounty. When Joshua and Caleb saw the land, they described it as "an exceedingly good land" Numbers 14:7. This same pattern (from bondage, to blessing) is how Jesus works on our behalf. He delivers us from spiritual death to fullness of life. "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10.
Dear Lord, my deliverer, I praise You for rescuing me from the bondage of sin. I rejoice that You have brought me into the richness of fellowship with You. What a gracious plan You have provided -- to make all of this available by means of Your faithful promises!
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Read also Matthew 7:24-27
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Read also Mark 16:15-16, James 2:24, John 12:42
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Read also Acts 17:30, Luke 13:3
Acts 8:36-37 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If you believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read also Matthew 10:32-33
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Read also Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:3-4
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Read also Revelation 2:10
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Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901