Do I Believe?

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1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39
Psalm 96
Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 7:1-10

 

There is a simple test of faith. We always find time to do what we want to do.

Think through your week; what did you do and what did you fail to do? Helping your child with his homework instead of going out with a friend? Spending time with a friend who needs a shoulder to cry on instead of watching the game? Making do with an old TV to send a check to an important charity?

If I love God and His Son, I need to watch for all those little moments when I can do what Jesus would do. It really is the long list of little things that tells me how healthy is my faith.

The Centurion is a good example of true faith. He was a Roman citizen and an officer loyal to the Emperor, yet he knew that God could heal his servant and he knew Jesus was God’s “officer” on earth. Even in the reign of Emperor Tiberius, he might have been punished for such actions. He was willing to take the risk based on his faith.

The image of Elijah calling down fire is too MEGA for words. Can you imagine seeing it? How could anyone ever doubt God after that? Elijah stepped out in front of all the people. ‘How long’ he said ‘do you mean to hobble first on one leg then on the other? If Yahweh is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.’ NJB

We cannot follow both.

If I allow TV to babysit my children while I do other things; if I spend $2,000 on a week-long mission trip to Mexico and do nothing else for the year; if I wait until Saturday night to prepare my Sunday school lesson; if I party every week, but help other people occasionally—Baal it is.

Paul had a similar problem.  I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning ChristNLT

This is really the same problem. The Galatians were turning to Baal. They were starting to say, ‘I can worship while fishing; I am working for the money to put my children through college; God doesn’t want me spending time with Jews-Moslems-Irish-Blacks-Asians-Whites-Gays-Communists-Democrats-Poor-Rich-Those People. It is too easy to back away from doing what Jesus did, and from what he wants us to do.

Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to youNLT

Find time to do what Jesus would do.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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