It Takes Faith

1 Corinthians 2:5 – That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Greetings in this 2018 New Year!

Or should I really say, Thank you Lord for saving me yet again.

After months of being in and out of the hospital, doctors and emergency room visits, I lay in my bed after having heart surgery in late December.

The surgery went well and I am recuperating slowly. I am with pain and feel somewhat discomfort. But each day I can say that God has been good to me.

Right now, my thoughts aren’t so much on the physical pain or the mounting medical bills but more on what plans do God have for me going forth?

As much as I was fighting going through the surgery and praying that it wouldn’t happen, it did. I had to accept the fact that as much as we pray for God to change our situation and turn our circumstances around, oftentimes, our own selfish pride gets in the way of hearing the Lord’s answer to us.

When we finally surrender to God we can choose to be bitter or broken.

I chosen  the latter.

I needed to be broken so that my relationship with Christ would be as genuine and trustworthy as He is to me.

Now, laying in my bed and gently shifting from right side to left side, I now recognize that my life as I knew it is shifting too. What I thought would be a journey of good health will now be about the healing power of God.

It is often difficult for a Christian to admit that we are not excluded from sickness, whether it be of a minor nature or as devastating as cancer. What we have to learn and accept is that we must go through the process with God or without Him. It is of our own choosing.

Yes, I will declare to anyone that it takes faith to live this Christian journey.

It takes even greater faith to believe God when He tells us that, “He will never leave us or forsake us.”

As each day is given to me to live another day, I must have faith to have faith.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who are praying for me and continue to do so. I do appreciate your heartfelt prayers and gratefulness to all of you who have faith to believe in the impossible.

My friends, it takes faith.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2018 The Year of Our Lord

Faith/A Short Film

Where Is Your Faith?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

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It was 2:55 a.m. when Stephen pulled the plastic cover over his shoulders to keep the cold winter draft from his small frame of a body. He was wearing all the clothes he had to bed. These were his street clothes and nightwear. Stephen was a homeless child who made his way through life on the streets of Los Angeles, after being abandoned by his maternal grandmother.

Stephen tossed and turned on the corrugated boxes that he had turned into a makeshift bed. He was freezing cold and his stomach was growling because he had no food to eat for the past seventy-two hours.

At the age of fourteen, Stephen was more like a man-child. He had to learn to grow up fast in order to survive the rough streets of L.A.

It was now 3:15 a.m. and Stephen was still wide awake. Knowing that he would not get any sleep, he pulled out a little small bible that he kept neatly tucked inside his shirt sleeve. This was the only valuable piece of life he could cling to. This was his mother’s bible and she gave it to him right before she dropped him off to his grandmother’s house to be cared for.

His grandmother really had no desire to take care of Stephen. The only thing she wanted from life was to gamble, smoke pot and drink alcohol. She was always complaining about how her life turned out. She never had anything good to say about anybody except for her black cat Wiley. Wiley she loved. But Stephen and his mother, she expressed her hatred for them on a daily basis.

It was 3:30 a.m. when Stephen knelt down and prayed. He wasn’t going to let the darkness stop him or the other homeless kids around him make him ashamed in believing that God was with him.

As soon as Stephen started praying, a bright flashlight beamed into his face, at first, Stephen instinct was to run. But, he felt something stir inside of him and heard a voice that told him, “don’t run.”

Stephen stared into the light that was shining in his direction. He wasn’t afraid. He felt a calming peace surrounding him.

“Okay kids, wake up,” spoke the voice holding the flashlight. “We’re from the Rescue Mission and we want to help you kids get into a safe place.”

The dark and quiet room suddenly came alive. The pile of rags and boxes revealed approximately eight young people in the dilapidated building. The rescue worker holding the flashlight was now joined by fifteen other men and women, holding out brown bags and bottles of water.

It was 7:00 a.m. the sun was rising. Stephen opened his eyes and smiled. He was wearing a new pair of pajamas. He stretched out his arms and cried. Then, he got out of the bed and knelt down to pray.

“Dear God Our Father. Thank you for hearing my prayer. I believe You when You told me that You would never leave me or forsake me. I want to thank you for the new pajamas, warm bed and food to eat. Now Lord, help me find my mother so that we can be back together again.”

Stephen got up and lifted up his bed pillow and took hold of his bible. Leafing through the bible, he stopped at the book of Hebrews 11.

He read the first verse of Hebrews 11 out loud. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…the evidence of things not seen.”

Then he turned to verse six of the same chapter. “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him. For He that cometh to God must believe that He is…and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

It was 12 noon and a surprise visitor entered the Rescue Mission.

The story ends but not without this question to you.

Where is your faith?

In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian

2016 The Year of Our Lord

Where Is Your Faith –Clark Sisters & Rev Walter Hawkins

 

 

Don’t Ban The Lamb

I hadn’t thought about children rhymes in a very long time. But a friend at church who also is a co-teacher in our Children’s Sunday School handed me a copy of the nursery rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb.

Along with the poem she gave me a couple of pages with one version of the history of this well-known children’s nursery rhyme.

When I read the story about how this simple child’s poem came about, there also seem to be considerable disagreement as to who actually was the original author, Sarah Josepha Hale or John Roulstone.

The poem, however simplistic was brought to life with music by Lowell Mason.

After taking the time to read Mary Had A Little Lamb and singing and humming the song to myself, I realized that this poem is prophetic based on what Christian students are dealing with today in our public schools.

Here is the famous Mary Had A Little Lamb poem:

Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
The eager children cry.
“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”
The teacher did reply.

If you will just use your imagination and examine the Lamb, you will notice that He brings Mary comfort, protection and joy. Now, it appears that He doesn’t want Mary to go anywhere without Him. So he stays with Mary. And everywhere Mary goes He is sure to go. He even follows her to school which is against the rule. He will even make the other school children laugh and play to see Him at school.

This rhyme truly fits into what Christians are going through today, right here in America. The name of Jesus and the word Christmas seem to get more children expelled than ever before. And with school having already started, we might be more concern about the spiritual health of our children before sending them off to school.

One thing Christian parents shouldn’t do is don’t ban the Lamb.In or out of school. Pray with and for your child everyday.

Just ask yourself this question. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the Lamb accepted in school? The Lamb of God.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.   John 1:29

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian