Romans 14:23 “For whatever is not from faith is sin.”
Pastor Kyle continues in his Sunday sermon series: “I need a miracle” stating that the way that God worked in Bible times is how He still works today and His miracles authenticate the words of the Bible. Isaiah 45:5 “I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.” Because there is only one God, we shouldn’t speak of Him as “our” God (as if there were others), but as the Lord God. People can be sincerely devoted to some other god, but can be sincerely wrong. In serving the wrong god, there will be no voice and no action. Sometimes fear puts on a very nice tuxedo and pretends to be wisdom. Faith is defined by Webster’s 1828 dictionary as the assent of the mind or understanding to the truth of what God has revealed. Simple belief of the scriptures, of the being and perfections of God, and of the existence, character and doctrines of Christ, founded on the testimony of the sacred writers.
1 Kings 18:37 “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
Kyle gave us five things to do when implementing a bold move of faith. (1) Make up your mind to follow God alone with your life and your likes (God’s Word, our prayers, our trials and experiences upon this journey). In 1 Kings 18:21, Elijah stood in front of the people and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” We cannot have one foot in t he God-rejecting world system and one foot in the faith. Know that this is what God wants to do, but also know that God has others to carry on … the body of Believers. (2) Have faith and a backup plan. Be “all in” with the Lord but have an “ace in the hole”. Daniel 3:17-18 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Who really is God? Obey God and have a Plan “B” if the Lord doesn’t deliver our way. He may have a “better” plan in mind for us.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
(3) By faith, plan for success, not failure. We tend to plan for the worst case scenario and think of reasons that it will not work. Think through the details, but include God 100%, with no tricks. The goal is never “a show”, but to bring people back to the Lord. Faithfully water and plant. (4) With faith, confront the Problems “head on”. It is naive to “hope for the best”. Life is not about avoiding conflicts in our life. We start confronting problem by looking at ourselves. We must always show grace and leave room for non-believing hearts to be transformed. (5) Leave room for God to do a miracle work of faith in the hardened heart. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” We bring the light of the gospel of salvation by Christ to the lost and point to the foot of the Cross. The Holy Spirit changes the heart. John 16:8-9 “And when He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me.”