"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."
(Luke 22:31-32 KJV)
Testing of a person by Our Awesome God is usually done through their faith. We feel the testing of our faith as more acute when it involves us feeling alone with the problem. The feeling of being deserted by everyone will make you feel as a soldier would if all his weapons were removed and he was asked to wipe out a tank. Alone!
Paul wrote, "I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7) but they cut off his head not long after. His faith was still there. There were three things he rejoiced in having done: 1) "having fought the good fight", 2) "having finished the race" and he had, 3) "kept the faith". Paul's faith had been tested multiple times, making his faith stronger, and he passed as he joined Jesus in heaven. May our faith be as strong when our testing occurs. May we remember that we are never alone even when we are wrong we can always ask Our Awesome God to come be with us, and He will, testing us and strengthening us to teach us to lean on our Lord as we spread God's message to all.
Like Paul, we need to keep trying so we can finish "the race" and keep "the faith" so that we can wear that crown like Paul will wear. So that we can test and strengthen our faith and know that we can do it because, having the faith, we believe. Our Awesome God may be testing us so we will know how much faith we have. We need to remember that the most important thing we can do is have faith in Our Awesome God and keep that faith strong. So if testing will strengthen that faith then let us be glad He is testing us, for the time will come when we will need a strong faith like Paul.
Faith is "an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence". Our Awesome God is a reality to me. He is in my heart and helps me daily, testing me as I go through , increasing my faith and knowledge of my Father God. You develop by testing and pushing yourself to your limit in anything to get better at it. God helps you to do the same.
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story of love and salvation. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a program for children called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. We have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study that meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.
"Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"
(Hebrews 1:2-3 KJV)
The important conviction of the Book of John is that believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, as Our Awesome God's only begotten Son, will allow sinners to be saved from their sins and have everlasting life with Him in heaven (John 20:31). In order for the unbeliever to believe he must hear about Our Awesome God and Jesus Christ and he needs to have a little faith that the Son of God is able to provide this salvation. (The truth of what he hears should be confirmed by reading the Holy Bible, God's Word to man.)
With this in mind, read the Book of John in God's Holy Bible as he makes you see who Jesus Christ is, the miraculous signs He did and the eye witness testimony about Him. All this was possible because Jesus Christ was there when this universe was created (Genesis 1-3).
In Hebrews 1:3 above, the Holy Bible says that Jesus was the agent by which all things were created (Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2). Think of all the things that were created by Jesus Christ from the littlest molecule to the dinosaurs, from the distance the earth is from the sun to how fast our planet spins on its axis, all detailed and precise with no room for error in order that all will work. Think of all the occupations that He had to fulfill: Creator, Engineer, Doctor, Biologist, Artist, Oceanographer, etc. No one could have done all that was done except Our Awesome God and His Divine Son, Jesus Christ.
The Bible contains five Books that the Apostle John wrote. This man was with Jesus Christ from the beginning of His ministry here on earth until about 98 AD when John died, so he knew Jesus and wrote about his Lord. Read John's Books in God's Holy Bible, covering Jesus Christ from creation to the final judgment.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV). Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children who go until 7:30 PM. There is more during the week. We love visitors!
"Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber."
(John 18:40 KJV)
"Barabbas was a prisoner during Jesus' time, convicted of committing murder during a rebellion. Jesus Christ and Barabbas were both prisoners of Pilate on the morning of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, and were part of an intriguing and significant prisoner exchange. As the book of Luke reports...
"Here we have two captive prisoners: Jesus and Barabbas. Jesus, who has officially been found innocent, and Barabbas, who has officially been found guilty. Specifically, Barabbas was guilty of rebellion (John 18:40), the exact same thing Jesus was accused but found innocent of (Luke 23:14). Through that rebellion, Barabbas had committed murder (Mark 15:7), and faced the death penalty...
"In Israel, the word for ‘son of’ was ‘bar’, which is where Barabbas gets the first part of his name. ‘Abba’ was the word for ‘father’ or simply ‘daddy’, which is why Jesus prayed to ‘Abba, Father’ in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36). So, Barabbas literally translates to ‘son of the father’. This name is useless for the purpose that ‘son of’ names were designed for, of distinguishing people from each other based on having different fathers; Barabbas’ unspecified parents might as well have named their child ‘Anonymous’. Barabbas could have been pretty much anyone; we are all children of fathers. You could even argue that we have all taken part in rebellion — against parents, or authority figures, and certainly against God.
“And that is the beauty of this little prisoner exchange: Jesus, innocent, and the Son of the Father, takes the punishment that Barabbas, the anonymous everyman, rightfully deserved. Barabbas was guilty of rebellion that led to murder; Jesus was murdered as punishment for every man’s rebellion." These are excerpts from "The Significance of the Story of Jesus and Barabbas" written by Kevin at http://Christianity.yoexpert.com/Christianity-general/what-is-the-significance-of-the-story-of-jesus-and-506.html.
Jesus Christ was crucified for "everyman's" sin and took our punishment on the cross completing Our Awesome God's purpose for Jesus being on earth. Our God is in control but he wants you to agree He is God and that we will obey His Son, Jesus Christ.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM.
Flo & Bill