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Walking Your Faith, In God's Holy Word ~ Chaplain Thomas Stackhouse

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WALKING YOUR FAITH


1 Corinthians 1:11 "For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you." NKJV


Friends in Christ,

Paul, in writing this letter to the Corinthians, dealt with division inside the church. Any idea you may have that church is a perfect place is shattered the moment you walk through the door. It was the same in the early church. We all bring something valuable to the church, but because we are sinful people, we also add to the problems.


In this letter, Paul takes on people's attitudes; their way of thinking. Do we need to be challenged today? Absolutely we do. Being saved does not mean we're done being changed. We continue to be changed, and as we are, our ideas and concepts of what it means to be a Christian are challenged. God wants to adjust our attitude and if we are truly honest with ourselves, we are desperate for that change.


Walking your faith? God wants to adjust your attitude. Shalom!


ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your Son Jesus who died for me so I could have life more abundantly. Lord, I confess to You that I am struggling. I have been looking to the world for answers rather than depending on You. I surrender my heart to You, Lord. Help me to make the changes You want for me. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.


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1 Corinthians 2:1 "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God." KJV


Friends in Christ

The power of your testimony is not in how well you speak or how you couch the details. It's not in the clothes you wear or in worldly prosperity. The power of your testimony is in God and the lengths He went to in order to make you right with Him. Your testimony is your walk with Jesus now. That's why it's so precious. People don't see who you were, but they do see who you are.


There is power in your story. It is the "I used to be but now I'm..." God story. People need to hear it. There is no issue you need to work through first. You will always be working through issues and if you are waiting to be perfect, have the Bible memorized or have a refined Christianese vocabulary filled with ten syllable words, you will be with Jesus before you ever share your story. That would be a shame. How many can be reached through the hearing of your testimony? I don't know and neither will you unless you step out, uncomfortable or not, and share. Do you want to find out?


Walking your faith? Tell people your God story often. Shalom!


ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for the simple story of Your Son, Jesus, who died for my sins so I could be forgiven. Lord, thank You that in Your love You offer me Your grace and mercy. Grant me the strength not to drift in sharing the simple message of Your story in boldness to glorify You. Allow me the opportunities to tell others my story. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory Lord. Amen.I'm a paragraph. Click once to begin entering your own content. You can change my font, size, line height, color and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.

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Malachi 3:2 "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderers' soap." NKJV


Friends in Christ,

Have you ever watched a goldsmith in action? It's an amazing thing to watch them heat up this precious metal and pour it into molds to harden so that it can be handled. But before they're able to pour it into a mold, they must first remove any impurities. These impurities, or dross, cannot be cut out of the gold or rubbed off. In order to remove the dross, the goldsmith must first heat the metal to incredible temperatures. Once this is done, the dross rises to the top and the goldsmith is able to scrape it off thus purifying the metal.


Friends, this is what our Father in Heaven desires to do in each and every one of our lives. He desires to mold us and shape us more and more into the image of His Son, Jesus. To do that, He must often lead us into His refiner's fire, the trials of life, where He will skim our imperfections off the top. Most of the time this is not a pleasant process, but we can trust that God has our best interest at heart. Like the ultimate goldsmith, God knows how much heat we can endure and how much handling we require. It's in His loving hands that we are refined so we reflect our Father's handiwork.


Walking your faith? God desires to act as refiner and purifier in our lives. Shalom!


ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your work in my life and for Your refiner's fire. While it may be difficult during those times of trial and purifying, I praise You because I know it is for my good. Lord, continue to skim the dross from my life so that I may be a shining example of Your love and grace. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

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Acts 21:30 "And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut." NKJV


Friends in Christ,

Although the door never really opened to the Jewish people, Paul continuously ministered to them. There was, however, an open door for Paul to minister to the Gentiles. Sometimes in ministry, you may want to do one thing but God wants you to do something else. Maybe you have a heart for a particular country, region or a specific people group, but God wants you to 'bloom right where you are planted'. Perhaps God has given you a heart to pray for missions in an area but hasn't asked you to do it yourself. Paul supported the church at Jerusalem, but he was never really part of the church there. Look for open doors where you are. If there is an opportunity to join a ministry team in church, go for it! Maybe your heart is in Children's Ministry or Youth Ministry, but the open door is in another area of ministry.


Matt 25:21 "His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." NKJV


Friends, go for the open door. Perhaps later, God will open the other door. It's quite possible you are being tested whether you will be faithful in the small things.


Walking your faith? Bloom wherever God plants you. Shalom!


Sovereign Lord,

Thank You for granting me gifts that I can use to serve You and others. Please forgive me for times when I have not used them to serve. I ask You to show me the open door, even if it is not what I want, and grant me the faith to go through it. I pray this in Jesus' precious name. Amen.


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Acts 21:21 "but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs." NKJV


Friends in Christ,

What are some of the traditions you hold that keep others from Jesus? In the verse above, you see the Jewish and Gentile conflict within the church and the traditions that the Jews wanted the Gentile church to follow. Although they rejoiced that God was at work among the Gentiles, they slipped in the word 'but' revealing their 'religiosity'. They were concerned for the traditions set within the church.


It is important as you walk in relationship with others to speak leaving out the 'buts'. Often, you'll hear that word come up as you talk to others. We all are in danger of saying it. Have you ever said.


"I like the way you did this 'but'."

"It's a great church 'but'."

"I would show love to that other person 'but'."


I remember a guy who stopped by the parking lot of our church asking if it was okay for him to enter the church dressed as he was. The church down the road told him that he couldn't come in unless he dressed more respectfully. This man was simply wearing a t-shirt and pair of jeans. It was okay to come to church 'but' he wasn't dressed nicely enough to be welcomed in. When God forgives us, there are no 'buts'. It is a gracious gift from above. When you are called to extend forgiveness to others, the Lord wants you to forgive them in the same way.


Maybe you are carrying around a number of reasons why you don't want to show God's love to someone else. If this is you, turn to the Lord right where you are and ask Him to help you purely embrace and show the gift of forgiveness to others as He has shown you.


Walking your faith? We do not earn forgiveness it is given to us, it is a gift. Shalom!


Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the gracious gift of Your forgiveness that You've shown to me by dying for my sins. Please grant me the strength to extend the same gift of love and forgiveness to others. Keep me from putting up walls that hinder others in having a real relationship with You. In Jesus' name. Amen.