Lecture for Little Faith part four

When I stop being confident that God is actively seeking my good because of Jesus I am putting myself in a place where it is very easy to fall to temptation. I think this is actually the point James is making in James 1:16 and 17.  He has been talking about trials and temptations and he wraps it up by saying, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good thing bestowed is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  In the middle of difficult circumstances it is very … Continue reading Lecture for Little Faith part four

A Lecture for Little Faith part three

It is not that you just don’t glorify God when you fail to trust Him. You hurt yourself. Take anxiety. A lack of trust is the source of so much unnecessary anxiety. I know that because Jesus says to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Me” in John 14:1 and in Mark 4:4o he says, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” A lack of trust hurts you because it creates all this unnecessary trouble in your hearts. You’ve got God who has committed to providing for you … Continue reading A Lecture for Little Faith part three

A Lecture for Little Faith part two

A lack of trust keeps you from really getting anywhere. Once I stop being sure about God’s attitude towards me, once I stop looking to him as the sole source of my security and satisfaction, that failure to trust, it will keep me from really stepping out and doing what I was designed to do which is to glorify Him. I say that for a couple reasons. One of them is when you look at the way the writers motivated Christians throughout the New Testament it’s often, I am tempted to say almost always, with God’s mercy and grace. It’s … Continue reading A Lecture for Little Faith part two

A Lecture for Little Faith

I want to talk with those of you who have a hard time trusting God. It’s a pretty common struggle. It’s not like it is a super unusual sin. In fact, I was recently reading a sermon Charles Spurgeon preached. He called it “A Lecture for Little Faith.” He believed one of the fundamental problems in many Christian’s lives was not that they lacked faith altogether but that they struggled with trust. He calls it little faith. And he got that phrase actually from a preacher who lived a couple hundred years before him, a man you might know, John … Continue reading A Lecture for Little Faith

Enjoy…

One of the most important things you can do today is enjoy the comforts that God has provided through the gospel.  This is one of the primary ways you can glorify God.  Not to mention the fact that when you are enjoying the comforts of the gospel it produces all sorts of practical benefits in your own life. God wants this for you. He wants every single person who is a believer to enjoy the deep and abiding blessings that flow out of the gospel.  The promises aren’t only meant for reading.  He wants us to find great consolation in them. … Continue reading Enjoy…

Believe…

How does a man keep going when he’s bearing the weight of other people’s negative opinions and judgments?  How does he press on when much of what they say isn’t based in reality? I don’t think I ever realized how important a question that is for a pastor or even a Christian to be able to answer.  I think I always understood how important it was to listen to people’s rebukes when they were accurate.  But I used to think that if you did what was right and were sincere and were teachable that was enough, in the sense that people … Continue reading Believe…

The Sin of Unbelief

I have lots of nice names for unbelief. I am actually pretty good at rationalizing away failing to believe and trust that God is actively seeking my good. The Bible though, its name for unbelief isn’t quite as nice.  It calls it sin. “Whatever is not from faith is sin…” To quote Spurgeon,  “Is not a sin for a creature to doubt the word of its Maker?  Is it not a crime and an insult to the Divinity, for me, an atom, a particle of dust, to dare to deny his words?  Is it not the very summit of arrogance … Continue reading The Sin of Unbelief

Believing God part two…

I want to tell you something so amazing about God. He’s like the world’s best discipler.  I mean, it’s just astounding.  Here I am dealing with this faith issue.  I know in this whole thing he’s bringing me to my knees.   I’ve been doing that, but not trusting the way I should. So, yesterday I’m reading a little Calvin and just floored by what he has to say about prayer, the importance of praying in faith. I write this little blog today as a reminder to myself that I need to trust God when I pray and you know what … Continue reading Believing God part two…

Believing God…

I tend to have a hard time believing that God wants my good. It’s not because He hasn’t given me enough reason to believe that He wants my good. It’s not like Him sending His Son to die in my place isn’t quite enough proof that He really is for me. It’s just that when I pray I find alot of times that I’m kind of pessimistic about my prayer requests. I don’t have such a hard time believing that God wants other people’s good. I can have alot of faith for other people and praying for other people, I … Continue reading Believing God…