From the Pastor

 

Faith-The Missing Ingredient To An Overcoming Life

 

In Mark 9:19 we read;

            He answered him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him unto me.

In Mark 5:40 we read;

            And He said unto them, Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith.

In Luke 18:8 we read;

            I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find Faith in the earth.

In Hebrews 10:38 we read;

            Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man drawback, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

In Hebrews 11:6 we read;

            But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

            When Jesus walked on the earth there were many people that were sick, diseased, lame, broken hearted and bound by devils. Jesus came to not only destroy the works of the devil, but He also came to show people how to live by faith (I John 3:8, 5:4-5, I Peter 5:8-9). When a person lives by faith they are empowered to overcome the obstacles and problems of this world, Jesus was looking for faith while He was on the earth and He found it from time to time. The first time was in the Centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 and another time was with the Syrophenician woman whose daughter was vexed with a devil in Matthew 15:21-28.

In Mark 5:25-26 we read;

            And a certain woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better, but rather grew worse.

            For twelve years this woman was sick and bound up by the devil. In the natural she did everything she knew to do, but nothing worked. Something was missing and she found it. It was faith, the missing ingredient to overcome in this life. Faith comes by hearing and she began to mix faith with what she heard and she was made whole ( Mark 5:25-34, Romans 10:17). The children of Israel did not enter into the Promise Land that flowed with milk and honey. Why? Because they didn’t have all the proper ingredients. One ingredient was lacking, FAITH (Hebrews 3:18-4:2). When making brownies, if the ingredients ask for eggs and milk, you can’t leave anything out. If there is a missing ingredient it won’t turn out right.

In Mark 10:48 we read;

            And many charged him that he should hold his peace, but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David have mercy on me.

            The thing we see about faith is the fact that it is diligent and persistent. Faith won’t quit until it gets what it came for. Amen! That’s what God is looking for, a BOLD AND STRONG PEOPLE that believe His Word and ACT on it. That is called living by faith, the most important ingredient!

            As we close, be encouraged. No matter what your situation looks like or feels like. If you mix faith into it, your situation will turn around. Amen!!

                                                                                    Pastor Jimmy Brackeen