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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Words of Encouragement January 20, 2013

This morning our Pastor's message was on Faith. He referenced Genesis 5:24 "Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away."  Enoch pleased God because he wasn't 'earth bound' but rather focused on the things of God. There are people of faith throughout the Bible, old and new testament. What sets them apart is their focus - seeking and relying on God. Worldly things we might put our faith in are only temporary. The only true things that will not fade away are the promises of God and eternal life.

God rewards those who believe and diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:5-6
The rewards:
1.  Control of our lives.  If we are walking by faith then we can be assured that God is in control and will take care of us in all long as we give Him complete control. (Romans 6:14: sin no longer controls since you are under grace, not the law.)
2.  Pure light that overcomes the darkness in our lives. (John 1:4-5 and John 8:12.)
3.  Protection from our enemies.  (Isaiah 54:17.)

How secure is your Faith?? Will it see you through the end times? (Jude 1:14-22.)

I looked at several versions of this song, including some nice ones with lyrics.
But I like the hope-filled messages shared in this one.
I hope you enjoy them too as you listen.
What Faith Can Do - by Kutless

A Verse for Today:
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

Lord I pray today that you will help me surrender full control to your will so you can find me faithful and pleasing in your eyes.

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