Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
1. Waiting (Gen. 16:1a)
Abraham was now eighty-five years old. He had been walking with the Lord for ten years and had learned some valuable lessons about faith. God had promised Abraham and Sarah a child but had not told them when the child would be born. It was a period of waiting, and most people don’t like to wait. But it is through “faith and patience [that we] inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:12).
God has a perfect timetable for all that He wants to do. After all, this event was not the birth of just another baby: It was part of God’s great plan of salvation for the whole world. However, as Sarah waited for something to happen, she became impatient.
Why did God wait so long? He wanted Abraham and Sarah to be physically “as good as dead” (Heb. 11:12) so that God alone would get the glory. At age eighty-five, Abraham was still virile enough to father a child by Hagar; so the time for the miracle baby had not yet arrived. Whatever is truly done by faith is done for the glory of God (Rom. 4:20) and not for the praise of man.
A willingness to wait on the Lord is another evidence that you are walking by faith. “He that believeth shall not make haste” (Isa. 28:16). Paul quoted this verse in Romans 10:11 and amplified its meaning: “Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.” (The same Holy Spirit inspired both Isaiah and Paul, and He has the right to make these changes.) Whenever we stop trusting God, we start to “make haste” in the wrong direction and we end up being ashamed.
A third evidence of faith is that you are acting on the author- ity of God’s Word. “So, then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). You can act by faith, and know that God will bless, if you are obeying what He says in His Word. Hebrews 11 records the mighty acts of ordinary men and women who dared to believe God’s promises and obey His commandments.
Finally, whenever you act by faith, God will give joy and peace in your life. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:13). Conflict may surround you, but you will have God’s peace and joy within you.
These, then, are the evidences of true biblical faith: (1) you are willing to wait; (2) you are concerned only for the glory of God; (3) you are obeying God’s Word; and (4) you have God’s joy and peace within. While Abraham and Sarah were waiting, God was increasing their faith and patience and building character (James 1:1–4). Then something happened that put Abraham and Sarah on a painful detour.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). Be obedient (53–54). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
"Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge." (Proverbs 19:25)
I gave him a DVD of Ray's message "Hell's Best Kept Secret" that I was able to obtain free from my Church.
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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4)
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
NoHo Arts District
Lives in Moncton, New Brunswick
On the Box
On the Box
On the Box
On many occasions I'm able to read several books of the bible with the help of friends and I will transition to the Law and Grace of the Gospel or emphasize a verse I come across and people will either ignore or listen or will occasionally come up to other evangelist handing out tracts or engage me in conversation and I'll take the time to listen to them and use the law to the proud and grace to the humble. ( James 4:6 )
No need to use a lot of body language or yelling. I prefer preaching without an amplifier or soap box unless someone provides one for me. I prefer that my voice not over power the entire location so people can comfortably walk by me without hurting their ears. Lifting up my voice is good but it's the Father who draws them and it does not matter the man who wills or the man who runs but on God who has mercy. (Romans 9:16)
Heckler of the day!
For the most part there is little opposition with the occasional heckler who will try to break me down or a parent will tell me to shut up because there are kids present but then they will curse at me in the presence of their kids.
At NoHo Metro Station I've had some one screaming at me less than a couple of feet away while Metro Security walks up and is visibly ready to take the offending party to the pavement if he gets physical with me. (Wish I had video of that) I just kept reading as I ignored the scoffer (Proverbs 9:8) and eventually he walked away.
People that try to provoke you to sin or attempt to get you to lose your train of thought either verbally with foul language, aggressive posture's or physical violence should be ignored for the most part.
Bicycle Guy footage by StreetEvangelist Jeff
Let them do what they want within reason and have backup if available. Relax, trust God and focus on the message of the Cross.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011