Welcome back to the next edition of faith matters. I am glad that you were able to join us today. Time for a quick update, my brother in Christ Jimmy got his new job. Now get this, he started the new job RIGHT BEFORE his finances were going to run out. That is God’s hand at work. I told Jimmy that he wouldn’t get his new job until the exact time that he needed it. I have seen God do that in my own walk so many times. God loves each and everyone one of us. Now wouldn’t you know that my wife’s job is in jeopardy yet again? It appears that each time that she is about to make a break through the enemy begins to attack her. No matter what, our faith remains in Jesus.
Let’s open up in prayer, Heavenly Father I thank you for today, I thank you for the sun that is shining, I thank you for the birds that prove your love, I thank you for a roof over my head, Lord I thank you for the many blessings that you have given me in my life. Lord, I pray right now for anyone who is not thankful for the smallest things that You provide, open their eyes and their hearts so that they can see Your hand in their life daily. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Let us start out with the definition of believe:
To accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of.
Do you believe in Jesus? Have you seen the recent movie “Do You Believe?” I love the opening scene and how a man questions the faith of a person driving by. The man of course responds “of course I believe I am a Pastor.” I won’t go any deeper than that about the actual movie other than tell you that the movie is fantastic and helps challenge how deep are you taking your faith.
I wanted to talk about believing and whether or not you believe because if we really believed that Jesus died for our sins then what are we doing about it? You see this was the biggest question that I have been facing over the past three years. I wanted to do more, I wanted to reach more, but I kept telling myself that I wasn’t qualified, I couldn’t do it, I didn’t have the time, but in reality I was just making excuses.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
You see, I thought sharing the Gospel was just for Missionaries and Pastors. At the time I was neither one. I have come to realized that each and every one of us is called to go out into the world and spread the Gospel. I know you are probably thinking like I was yeah right, I can’t do that, but let’s be real and stop making the excuses and see what we can be doing.
I have challenged many people over the years to do something small. You don’t have to sign up to preach at Churches, but you can start posting Bible verses on your Facebook page. Oh wow, yes I just said that, post scriptures so that all of your friends, family, and co workers know you are Christian. How many of them in your small circle don’t know you believe in Jesus? And why is that? Are you ashamed of your faith? I kept quiet about my faith for far too long. I could have been making a difference in the lives of others instead I was afraid of what people would think.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
If you accept this challenge you will lose some friends. I have to be up front and honest with you, but would you rather lose some friends because you are speaking the truth and telling them about Jesus or would you rather remain silent and let them end up in a burning lake of fire?
I think I need to repeat that so it sinks in, would you rather lose some friends because you are speaking the truth and telling them about Jesus or would you rather remain silent and let them end up in a burning lake of fire?
You see, if we truly loved those around us, we would have a burning desire in our heart to share Jesus so others could be saved. It is not by your power, but by the saving grace of Jesus Christ who died on a cross for us all.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
What has God called you to do? Have you listened? Have you responded? Have you taken that leap of faith? Just recently someone on Twitter asked us to bring our music to South Florida. Like most requests I didn’t think much of it so I responded that we would need a place to perform. She said you can perform at our Church. Little did I know that I was talking to one of the Pastors from the Church. We exchanged information and began exchanging ideas. She explained that she wants to start a revival with the youth there. Our Youth Pastor has been preaching the same thing here in Jacksonville. We need young people to get excited about God and what God is doing. I took the leap of faith and said yes we can do this. Now our team is working to write and produce music to perform in just two months from now. I am excited to see what God is going to do. I could have taken the easy way out and said that we can’t do it right now, it is too much work, or even my schedule is full, but instead I said yes because I want to see what God is going to do in and through us. You see when you go out into the world to proclaim the name of Jesus, it is not just those who hear that are touched by the word of God, but also you as you minister to the lost. We need to stop focusing on what we are going to get out of the encounter and just pour out our hearts. God will bless us for being obedient.
I will give further updates in future podcasts as time approaches and this worship night to spark revival comes full circle.
Lord, I want to close us out today and just remind everyone listening that if You put the desire in our heart, then You will show us the way to accomplish the tasks. There is no mountain too big that we can’t conquer with You on our side. Lord, I pray that more people will learn to lean on You and trust that You always look out for our best interests. Lord, keep us humble as You continue to use us to reach the lost. All of this I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Thank you for taking the time to listen today. I pray that I have challenged you to reexamine your walk with Jesus and that God will show you where He needs you to do more. If you would like to reach out to me you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or via our website http://www.KNGMusicministry.com Have a blessed day and live out loud for Christ.