Posts Tagged ‘Faith


The God Who Holds Your Hand

God’s people were in captivity and there were reports of a nation from the east, the Persians, who were conquering other nations. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to comfort His people and to prophesy the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem. God tells His people that He is with them and will help them. Isaiah wrote:

For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you. – Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

God doesn’t change. God is completely aware of and in control of your situation. He is still God. This is the same God who holds your hand and reassures you of His love. He comforts you when you are afraid. He helps you when you are in need. So do not fear the situation you’re facing today. Do not fear the future. God is with you and He will help you. Trust Him to do what He knows is best and when He does, thank Him and praise Him for His goodness.

The Hope That We Have

Paul says that we are eagerly awaiting our full adoption into God’s family as sons and daughters of the King. He said that we groan inwardly as though we are in pain while we wait for Jesus to return. This is our hope! Paul then writes:

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. – Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

Our hope is one that is not seen, but unseen. This is where faith and hope intersect. We cannot see what we hope for, but we have faith that it is true and it is real. We cannot see Jesus, but we have faith that He is the Son of God and He can save us from our many sins. We cannot see Heaven, but we have faith that Jesus is there now and will be returning someday soon. In our hearts and in our souls, we believe and we have hope. Now we patiently wait for faith to be made sight and for hope to be revealed.

Jesus Is The Good Shepherd

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 10:11-21.


Growing In Grace And Faith

As Peter concludes his second letter, he does so on an encouraging note. Instead of listening to false teachers and falling away from their faith, Peter wants them to grow in grace. He wrote:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

In order to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, one has to pursue Christ. You cannot sit idly by and expect to grow in your faith. If you want to know Jesus better, you’ve got to spend time in God’s Word. You need to spend time with other Christians in worship, service and study. You must learn to feed yourself a steady diet of Scripture, fellowship and service. God expects His children to grow in grace and faith. If you isolate yourself from other believers and if you don’t learn to feed yourself, you’ll starve your soul and you won’t grow. Take time to cultivate your garden of faith and your faith will grow healthy and strong.

Good Reminders

Sometimes we need to be reminded of things. We make a list to take to the grocery store so we don’t forget anything. You may keep a calendar in your purse or on your phone so you remember your appointments. You write a Post-It Note to remember something and put it somewhere so you don’t forget. We need people to remind us of things, too. Peter wrote:

So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. – 2 Peter 1:12 (NIV)

Peter took time to write his second letter to remind his fellow believers of important things so that they would not forget them. Even though he was confident that they knew these things, God thought it was good to remind them of who they were, what they believed and why they believed it. We need to be reminded of these same things. I think that this is why going to church is so important. We need a place to go where we can be reminded about who we are, to Whom we belong and why we believe what we believe. We need good reminders along the way as we make our way home.

Keep Working

We cannot add anything to the work of Christ on the cross. Jesus truly paid it all. Peter said that we are to continually grow in our faith. He wrote:

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. – 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)

These virtues are not a staircase that one climbs until they reach the top. Rather, they are characteristics of Christians that must be developed throughout a Christ-follower’s journey. It begins and ends with faith and love. Because of God’s power and His promises, we are filled with the Spirit and are to work at these virtues. This does not mean that we are saved by our efforts. Rather, it is because we are saved that we keep working at these virtues. As we grow in faith, we grow in virtue and we look more and more like Jesus.

Jesus Frees Us To Love

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 5:1-15.

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