Misplaced Faith

Misplaced Faith

Genesis 12:10-20

Genesis 20

In Genesis Chapter 12 and 20 we see the same theme play out. Abraham places his faith in worldly institutions over the divine God. Abraham convinced himself that it was safer to oblige the world with his own family, his own wife, rather than trust God to protect him.We see that nevertheless God does watch over and protect Abraham and Sarah, but not due to their actions but rather because of God’s grace. In both cases God spares the innocent (Pharaoh and Abimelech) and Abraham is rebuked.
 
There are times where we make compromises with the world and it’s institutions thinking that will keep us secure, but in reality this is an allusion. Security, comes from a continual faith in God to keep his promises. We see in the very next Chapter God blesses Abraham, first in Chapter 13 with a promise and then in chapter 21 with the fulfillment of that promise through a son.
 
This shows us God fulfills His covenants absent of obligation, that His grace is sufficient when our works are not. God may still take evil and use it for our good. Keep faith in God and by His works the promise will be fulfilled.
 

Reflection:

  • Have you ever placed your faith in the wrong person or thing?  What happened?
  • Has God made you a promise, but you feel you have failed Him too many times? Consider the promise of God to Abraham. His promises are based on who He is and not who we are!
Written by: Bill Crawford
September 2020


Godless Prayer Equals Powerless Prayer

Godless Prayer Equals Powerless Prayer

John 15:7

When we approach God we should remember this verse: John 15:7 “ If you abide in Me and, my word abides in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you”
 
Prayer presupposes abiding in God. The prayer of a man who will not abide in God is a prayer unheard, because without first being brought to life in God a man cannot know God and therefore cannot ask anything of God. When praying we must abide in God and He must abide in us.
 
Prayer is powerless if prayer is godless. Therefore, abide in God and you will surely be answered because you live in his house and just as a father will not overlook the pleas of their child, our Heavenly Father will not overlook His children.

Reflection:

  • What does abiding in God mean to you?
  • Do you only seek God when you need something?
  • How would your prayer life change if you strived to abide in God?
Written by: Bill Crawford
September 2020


We Preach Christ Crucified – Day 1

We Preach Christ Crucified – Day 1

Day 1: Man’s Wisdom

 
We see in these verses a killing blow to that which mankind holds dearest: His intellectual prowess. Where is he who is wise? Where is the man learned in his letters? Where is the man eloquent and full of argument? The answer is quite simple: He does not exist.

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Ever Faithful: The Farmer Pt. 4

The Farmer Part 4

2 Timothy 2:1-7

Harvesting

After Ploughing the soil of the world, planting seeds of faith, watering with the source of Christ, we have the final product: A harvest of faithful souls! The quintessential virtues throughout this process are faith, patience, and consistent work. The Farmer has seen every step and having faithfully executed each step, he will assuredly receive a result. The fruit we share in is the righteousness of Christ.
 
The “First pick of the Crop” is the fruit of faith in Christ manifested in justification, sanctification, and ultimately the unseen glorification of God’s people. The brilliant thing about being Farmers for Christ is that we glory in Christ’s harvest. Every step comes to the climax of reproducing God’s original work through obedience and conformity to Him.

Reflection

  • How does your life reflect the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer? Is there one area you are weaker in then the others? Which is it and why?
  • What change can you make today to assist you with marching in step, running with endurance, and sowing with patience?
Written by: Bill Crawford
September 2020
 
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Ever Faithful: The Farmer Pt. 3

The Farmer Part 3

2 Timothy 2:1-7

Watering the Seed: Digging Ditches

The Farmer has a responsibility to feed and water the seeds planted. It should be our joy when we see a new faith take root to endeavor to grow our new brothers faith in Christ. Watering is a tricky thing, as it usually requires a source greater than man can carry or provide. Ancient cultures would usually have two options: Rain form above, or a river from below. To properly water a field large ditches would need to be built. These ditches brought water to the fields so the seeds could drink and receive this necessary component for growth.

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