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There Were Four

Many of us can recall a time in our lives where we can remember being all alone in a situation which personified or amplified our realizing of the very fact of being by ourselves, causing us to wish or hope we could have had at least one other person be with us. Oftentimes that concept or construct is thought of as being seen through the eyes of a child, with a helplessness that defies the basic understanding that we can be safe. As Christians we have a Hope that defies the world’s definition of it and the logic contained in it – our Hope is in Christ.

This Series has pulled from deep within me once again the recall of a time when it seemed the entire world was crashing in and crumbling all around me, so to speak, and the mental/emotional devastation that kind of event can bring – even to the most seasoned Christian. The birth of our daughter. The loss of our son. The medical mishap in the operating room that nearly killed my wife. Having that specific roller coaster occur in just 24 hours… is not the worst 24 hours of my life, but it is one that I didn’t face correctly as a Christian. It was in that time that I felt all alone, as if no one was there to help me, nor that any person was there to listen to me or guide me thru what had just happened – and continued to happen in the hours, days and months after.

Not Being Alone

It is in those times of tragedy, despair and isolation, that we as Christians should be able to recognize that we indeed are FAR from being alone or by ourselves. The benefit of having a Relationship with our Saviour and Heavenly Father is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit – Salvation brings us all three. The Relationship that Salvation brings is a Blood bought bond, which is the Promise to NEVER be alone, on our own, ever again – no matter the situation or circumstance. We will be as close to the Lord as we want to be, but He is ALWAYS there with us.

Knowing that you are not alone is a large part of the battle, but folks may want to know how I’m so sure of that… For me, that is simple – I keep God’s Word close to me – at all times. The Bible is on EVERY device we own and I’ve got a number of printed as well. Music is displayed, played and noted everywhere – home, vehicles, work, on phones… Prints hang all over our walls at home and at my office. Most everything developed has Scripture included in/on it.

Learning “to pray” is one of the most powerful tools a Christian can develop, it is access to the very Throne Room and Portals of Heaven. Being able to whisper prayer is a whole different level of communication, for when you do, the quiet, still voice of the Holy Spirit, will whisper back to you in a manner that is unmistakable. The Christian is never truly alone, nor are they without One who will talk to them.

This Series was developed in a large part because of the testimony shared by Ms. Norma Bryant of a the tragic accident her husband was in on January 14, 2009, where her very dependence on being able to survive the road that would play out before her would be affected by three other VERY REAL individuals indeed – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Ms. Norma would come to realize that she would require all three of Them to walk this road, for There Were Four of them that would walk it together in Triumph.

Scripture Promises To Us

He Doeth All Things Well
In Christ Alone We Glory
Closer than a Brother
Let Your Requests Be Made
By Every Word of God
My Grace is Sufficient For Thee
Joy Unspeakable & Full of Glory
Everlasting Strength
Fear Not, Nor Be Afraid
I Am Persuaded in Christ

In a moment, our lives can be challenged, changed and charged by things which are placed in our paths of life. We do not have to experience them on our own as Christians, we have the opportunity of so much more – to face them, through Faith, as Romans 5:1-5 states: “…we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand…” We, indeed, are NOT to stand alone in our everyday life, nor are we left alone in the tragedies and travails of our lives. Do you realize that there are indeed Three others with you, Christian? The Creator, the Sinless One and the Comforter all join your One, allowing us to walk through this life, not matter what needs to be done.

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Increase Our Faith

This Series is directly tied to our family “fry guy”, Pastor Tico Alonso, a Spanish Minister with a heart big enough to encompass a multitude of folks, willing to reach out, helping others – AND – if you have “fries” at either McDonald’s or Bojangles, he can reach them too… He is SO much more than that to us, as is his entire family, our river together runs deep so to speak. The sermon he preached entitled “Increase Our Faith” from Luke 17:5-10 | KJV, provided a launching pad to explore what our Actions and Attitudes should be, a good measure of our level of Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Luke 17:5-6 | King James Version

It was interesting to me that most folks have heard, what could possibly be the most famous of the stories, about having “faith as a grain of mustard seed” told us in Matthew 17:20 | KJV in relation to moving a mountain. There are three other places (in addition to Matthew 17:20) it is used in Bible directly, including: Matthew 13:31, Mark 4:31, and Luke 13:19 – totaling five (5) portions of Scripture overall.

What Need We Do?

Part of the challenge put forth were three (3) pieces supporting our “Increase” of Our Faith:

How Obedient Are We To the Word of God?
Let Us Be Doers of the Word of God
Help Us / Me Live The Word

These items are Actions & Attitudes which will reflect that our Faith has Increased in Him. With that being our challenge, there are four POWERFUL statements we need to consider:

Applying Our Faith
Grow Our Faith
Live Out Our Faith
To Do, To Live, My Faith

That kind of Faith, changes EVERY thing we do, EVERY thing we say, EVERY thing we think and EVERY other aspect of our lives.

What “thing” do we need to be moved in our lives, which will ONLY be moved by an Increase of Our FAITH? Will we choose to nurture and grow in Grace, allowing us to not only see, but to know it REALLY is ALL ABOUT HIM?

This Series presents ten (10) key actions we should consider seeking to accomplish, allow to change our behaviors and adopt in our lives going forth!

Actions & Attitude Items

Increase Our Faith
Blessed in His Deed
Shew Faith by My Works
All Things Are Possible
Rewarder of Them
Striving Together
Rule in Your Hearts
God Gave the Increase
Humble Yourselves
Submit Yourselves

God’s Word gives us the Instruction that we need to have in order to Increase Our Faith, that is if we understand that it requires action on our part, trusting our Heavenly Father to know best as to what He is orchestrating in our lives. Our Faith will increase as we Trust Him, Serve Him, Talk with Him, walk with Him — believing Him as we grow closer to Him, developing a relationship with Him unlike another other relationship we could cultivate otherwise. When another person says of you, “Your Faith is Strong…”, that is because they can see the “fruit” of that relationship. What would / do others say of your Faith? Do they want what you have? Are we willing to share our Faith with them? Those are questions we should be asking of ourselves – for it is a STRONG indicator of our Love for our Lord God and Saviour.

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The Whole World Doesn’t Know

There are so many things that we as Christians can take for granted, not realizing what is “common” to us, can be totally “foreign” to others. I’ve said for many years that we cannot expect others to understand what impact that God’s Word has made upon our lives, for they may not know the Source personally. The sermon that the title ideas came from by our Pastor reminded me of a struggle that a Preacher had a few years back in response to something that probably could have been handled differently and words chosen more carefully.

A question that each of us have probably asked ourselves in recent days, either privately or out loud, is something like the following:

How could these people be so ugly, vulgar and wicked?

Whether it be right around us, close in proximity, or half way around the world, in the mountainous desert terrain of the Middle East, we have the false conception that everyone has been exposed to the same or similar Word of God we have. Why do they act the way they do? How can they say such hurtful, vulgar things? Where does such hatred come from? Those questions were being asked by this Preacher, to which I replied very simply… They do not know what you and I know, they haven’t heard what you and I have heard, they — are in the world, acting like the world and responding as the world responds…

How Could They Know?

The statement made that rang my bell, so to speak, and rose up inside of me, is the very name of this Series – The Whole World Doesn’t Know (John 3:16). Just how is it we have come to expect the “world” to do what Christian’s ought to do, when they do NOT have Christ in them? If we act, behave, entertain, imitate, look, model, operate, speak, transgress and wallow just like they do, pray tell WHY would they want to be ANYTHING like a Christian? All we would be achieving then, is “Blending In” with them, all in the vain thought of “winning them over” to something they already see through. The following thought is modified from the original, but it is sure and true:

“If we are Blending, then Something is Wrong with Us!”

For our neighbors to know, we have to tell them. To expect our families to know, we will not only have to tell them, but we will have to sincerely have to show them. Our workplaces will judge our beliefs by our actions in even the most minuscule of situations. Our expectations of the world, while genuine in thought, is flawed at the very least when we allow ourselves to think they are going to play by the same rules that Our Lord has established for us to abide.

Each of us have a choice that should be reviewed and made anew each day – to be the Christian’s we ought to be, for that is what being a Christian means – being Christ Like. The Mission of DeliverTheWord.com, as a personal extension of me, is to Encourage, Make Available, Present, Share, and Witness through the mediums of Social Media/Networking, E-mail and Internet Presence. That Mission is ONLY the beginning piece for me, how else with the World Know Him if we do not avail ourselves to every opportunity we are by Providence given?

How can we show Him to others? There are nine (9) ways given in this Series, all with Scripture to back them up, of how we can show them.

For Us To Show

Believing to Begin
Obey Him
Begins When We Care
Emphasize the Truth
World Without Grace
Seen In Us
Practice Is A Must
Christian Beliefs
Blending Is Wrong

This Series hits REALLY close to home for me, for it is a personal goal, habit and labor. Thank you Bro. Jeff Jones for being Faithful to deliver what the Lord has lain upon your heart and the Holy Spirit directs. Are we expecting the world to act/respond like we should incorrectly? In order to have Christian Character and a form of Godliness, one has to be a Christian – or else it will not be of Him at all. Commit in your heart today Christian that you will tell the world about Jesus Christ, then watch how He changes them and the lives they come in contact with – then they can know.

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