The Journey Thoughts

October 19, 2016

It takes a lot to live by faith.  When you consider Abraham, who gave up
that which was comfortable to go where he did not know, living in tents for
the rest of his life, because he wanted to stay mobile and not settle unless
God told him to settle. He had the faith that I know we would love to have.
How did he acquire this faith?  He believed God, and when He was spoken to,
he understood it to be God because he intently listened for the voice of the
Lord.  Paul would write about his faith this way: "What then can we say that
Abraham, our physical ancestor, has found? If Abraham was justified by
works, he has something to brag about - but not before God. For what does
the Scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for
righteousness.' Now to the one who works, pay is not considered as a gift,
but as something owed. But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him
who declares the ungodly to be righteous, his faith is credited for
righteousness."  Romans 4: 1-5  Paul wrote this, yet his life was lived by
the Spirit after his conversion, and he worked day and night, but here he
says, "the one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares the
ungodly to be righteous, his faith is credited for righteousness."  This
work then is done as a result of faith, which is given to all who chose to
listen. This faith will direct us, and equip us to do good works, but only
because we simply follow the leading of the Savior.  Through the Spirit, our
lives become like Abraham, who considered every place his temporary home,
because he was waiting for his eternal home.  Now this hits me hard, because
I am working on a farm, building and having built, a house that I can
consider living in a long time, yet what if I just get this thing finished,
and the Lord calls me elsewhere? Will I hear?  Will I go? I pray that my
faith will not only allow me to give up that which I have built, but also
compel me to step out as Abraham did, in faith, not knowing where he was
going but believing God for His direction.  I know that God has a hold over
my heart and my life, and I pray, like you, that we all will learn to listen
intently to the Word speaking to our hearts, through the Spirit, and listen
intently to the very voice that comes from the Spirit, as He leads us, and
wants to show us a life that He has planned out for us.  But like Paul says,
"If we put all our hope in our works, then we can brag about what we have
and what we do.  But is that what is most important to us, or is it more
important to be in the will of the Lord, willing to be moved when He says
move, or willing to change directions when He says to change directions?  I
pray that we all will learn a lesson from the heroes of old, and start to
listen a little more intently to the Word of the Lord spoken in the still
small voice of the Spirit to our hearts. Remember in Kings, where it is
recorded that Elijah was told to stand on the mountain for the Lord was
going to be present. He stood and waited, and a mighty wind came by, but the
Lord was not in the wind, then there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not
in the earthquake, and after that there was a fire, but the Lord was not in
the fire, then he listened and there was a soft whisper, and Elijah knew
that the Lord was speaking to Him.  We have the tendency to look for the
mighty wind, or the earthquake, or the fire to try to listen for the Lord,
but maybe today, we might just be still and listen to the still small voice,
and hear what the Lord has to say to us.  That's living and listening by
faith.  That's being patient enough to wait on the Lord for He will pass by.

Pastor Andy

Lord, speak to our hearts today!  Whether You reveal Yourself in the small
whisper or the violent wind, I pray for ears that hear what You will is.
Father, I ask for comfort from You, for Barbara, whose husband Bill, has
passed; for Pastor Berkey, whose brother Jerry, has also passed. I pray for
his widow, Nancy, and for June. Lord, please comfort.  I pray for Eva,
Carolyn, Don, Dwight, Mike S., JT, Ramona, Loren, Becky, Judy, the Young
family, for those whose marriages are hurting; I pray for: Robbie, Kathy,
Terri, Becky, Montella, Charlie, Kim, Nada, Angie, Isabel, Terry and his
dad, Tim and his mother, Shelly and her mom, Julissa and her friend, Richard
and his dad, Pam and her son, Kelly and her son, Ellen's friend, Kristena,
Abby, Vanessa, Malachi, Corbin, Ryan, Olivia, Jeremiah, Joanna, Tom, Evelyn,
Joy, Ruth, Ada, JV, Bj, Ida, Betty H., Briggs church, Ben, Jackie Ann,
Tonia, Todd, Liam, Aiden, Alan, Fisher, Tuly, Betsy, Michelle, Trevor,
Maria, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, Andrea, Shannon, Robert, Pat, Ryan,
Tyson, Wendy, Joyce, Betty, Gus, Lisa, Alice, David, Phyllis, Devon, Cindy,
Marliana, Cynthia, Barry, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie,
Heather, Codi, Ron, Deane, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet, Fred,
Dotty, James, Scott, April, Craig, Hunter, Betty, Asher, Lynette, Kathy,
Jennifer, Patrick Abe, Candace, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Meredith, Ben,
Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jade, Bob, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Matt,
Liz, Matt, Bethany, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura, Lisa and myself that we be
listeners today.  I pray for my friend, Mike who is traveling with his wife
to Wisconsin to take care of his parents estate. Lord please be with them. I
pray for Carol and Tom, who will be driving back to California. Please be
with them.   Lord, help us to listen to the still small voice, as You speak
peace to us, for I pray for these and this in Jesus name, Amen.

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