Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pursuing Faith


A little over 20 years ago our Church went through some very difficult times that resulted in great financial need. As with any endeavor that requires money to keep the doors open and the electricity bills paid, Church, like businesses and families, can go through hard times. Through no design or fault of any particular person or group of people it came about that while the numbers of people attending was steadily increasing the amount of tithes and offerings being given to the Church decreased steadily over the period of about 18 months to the point to where we could barely survive.

Our Elders and the Board believed God wanted our Church to continue its mission and for this we needed to restructure our finances and position ourselves to continue the vision of reaching our communities and the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It would not be easy but we believed it was worth our best effort…

Those who gave and those who didn’t … both shared in the benefits and blessings of God delivering our Church from the failure that the devil had planned for us.

I Samuel 30  NKJV
4  Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5  And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.
6  Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

8  So David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?" And He answered him, "Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all."

10  But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.

16  And when he had brought him down, there they were, spread out over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.
17  Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled.
18  So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives.
19  And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.

23  But David said, "My brethren, you shall not do so with what the LORD has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us.
24  "For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike."

We learn Three Spiritual Truths from this account.
1.  Nothing is sacred to the devil.
2.  At some point you will have to encourage yourself.
3.  Faith makes things possible, it does not make them easy.

Mark 9:24  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"

Romans 3
3  For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?
4  Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar …

2 Timothy 2:13  If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.