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Count Your Blessings (Radio Broadcast)
What does it mean that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. How do we access the promises in the Bible God has made to the believer? That is the focus of this series, with a special emphasis on healing in this teaching.
When it comes to living on purpose Christians are told to, "Just Do It". There are a lot of reasons why people don't live in God's purposes, but there are no good reasons. People want to live a life of significance and meaning. The only way to do that is through a relationship to God. Only when you connect to God can you connect to your purpose - so Just Do It.
One thing a pastor has to do is look ahead and anticipate what is coming and then equip the congregation to face that future. It doesn’t take a prophet to look ahead and say that in this life we will have afflictions and trials, we will endure suffering in all sorts of various trials. I feel more compelled to prepare us because of the complacency many of us have as comfortable American Christians. We are easily lulled into thinking we deserve an easy life. I revealed this attitude when I asked you for prayers for flying to Ohio and for driving back to Lynden. Asking for prayer is good, but my motive wasn’t completely pure. I wanted everything to go as well as possible, I didn’t want any inconvenience, any problems, any hardships. God put me to the test right away when my midnight flight out of Seattle was delayed an hour and a half and I was told I wouldn’t make my connection out of O’Hare. It was clear to me that I had no control over what was happening. God was most merciful and I actually made the connection with the door closing behind me. Not exactly the crown of life, but a clear sign of God’s undeserved generous grace.
When we pray we do so in acknowledgment, obedience and faith. Pray the prayer of intercession, pray for somebody else. The prayers of the righteous availeth much.
The scriptures tell us that a faithful person will be richly rewarded. This teaching elaborates on what faithfulness is and is not.
There is a saying that I find extremely powerful and it goes like this, “The surest way to assure the triumph of evil, is for good people to do nothing”.
Blessed are.. ....the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (5:3) ....those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4) ....the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5) ....those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6) ....the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7) ....the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8) ....the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9) ....those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)