Posts Tagged ‘Faith


Hungry For God

When you begin your journey of faith, you start by realizing the depths of your spiritual poverty. You know that there is nothing good in you. You mourn and weep over your sinful condition. You humbly come before God for forgiveness. Once you acknowledge your brokenness and your propensity for doing the wrong things, you begin to desire the right things. Jesus said:

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled. – Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

If your deepest desire is to be made right with God, God will satisfy that desire in a way that only He can. You cannot earn His favor or grace by your righteous deeds. You have to want to be made right with Him by His grace through faith in Jesus. When you want that kind of relationship, God will give you that kind of relationship. It’s a loving relationship that satisfies like no other. If you’re hungry and thirsty for God, He alone will fill your every longing.

Stop Trying And Start Trusting

Over and over throughout Scripture, we are called to trust God. God wants us to trust Him for forgiveness and salvation. God wants us to trust Him with our hopes and dreams. God wants us to trust Him with our families and relationships. God wants us to trust Him for our daily needs. Paul was reflecting on how God partnered with the Philippians to meet his needs for his ministry. The Philippians had collected a gift and sent it to Paul. He expressed his confidence that God would meet their every need. He wrote:

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

God not only knows your needs, but He is willing and able to meet them as you trust Him to provide. Too often prayer is our last resort when it comes to our needs. Let’s face it, when we are facing a financial jam, we forget to trust God to provide. Instead, we try every possible strategy to make things work on our own. Stop trying and start trusting! It’s not an excuse for laziness or irresponsibility. It is a plea to trust God because He can and will provide for you.

God’s Grace Is A Gift

In Philippians 3:7, Paul talked about his pedigree and how he considered it as nothing compared to Jesus. In verses 8-9, he says that EVERYTHING was nothing compared to knowing Jesus. He wrote:

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. – Philippians 3:8-9 (NIV)

The only way to be declared right with God is by grace through faith in Jesus. Nothing else will save you. You cannot obey enough, give enough, attend enough church services or do enough good deeds to earn God’s amazing grace. It is a free gift that is given to you by putting your faith and trust in Jesus. So quit trying to earn a gift that’s already been given to you. Believe and receive this awesome gift.

The Good News Of Grace

One of the major issues of the early church concerned the Gentiles and circumcision. There were false teachers who taught that they had to become Jews through being circumcised before they could become Christians. This problem was found in the Philippian church and Paul wrote:

Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. – Philippians 3:2-4a (NIV)

The good news of grace is that our forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ alone. It’s not Jesus plus anything. For the first-century Gentiles, it wasn’t Jesus plus circumcision. For 21st century people, it’s not Jesus plus legalistic rules regarding dress codes or avoiding certain types of music or movies. It’s simply saying, “Yes” to the wonderful grace of Jesus by believing in Him, turning away from sin in repentance, acknowledging your faith in Him and being baptized. It’s not about what you do. It’s about what Jesus did for you.

A Remarkable Faith

There was a young preacher in the New Testament named Timothy who served alongside the apostle Paul. Timothy helped Paul’s ministry in many ways, including helping Paul write his letters to the various churches. He also served as an emissary for Paul and went to churches on his behalf. This is what Paul wrote about him to the Philippians:

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 2:19-21 (NIV)

What would someone say about you and your faith in Christ? What would someone say about your concern for the welfare of others? Timothy’s remarkable faith was worth writing about. Let’s make it our goal today to live out our faith in such a manner. May we be selfless and concerned for the interests of Christ today.

Trusting God’s Grace Even If He Says No

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.


So Much To Do

We know that Heaven is a wonderful place. No more mourning, crying or pain of any kind is what we are promised. Followers of Jesus will be with Him for eternity. The apostle Paul wanted to be with Jesus, but knew that God had work for him to do here on Earth. He wrote:

If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. – Philippians 1:22-24 (NIV)

While our hearts long for our eternal home in Heaven, we must remember that there is still so much to do here on earth. Those who don’t know Jesus yet need to hear the good news that He loves them. They need to know that God is for us and not against us. They need to experience the goodness and grace of God. It is up to those of us who follow Jesus to tell them so that they might believe and find the hope that we have found.

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