Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 6, 2015

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe He exists and that He reward those who earnestly seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

The tricky thing about faith is believing BEFORE you see.

Obviously, if you can see it  and touch it with your hands it isn't faith. That does not impress God.

When you see it in your heart long before you touch it with your hands that pleases God! That is precisely what these Faith Heroes did!

Abraham saw the great nation long before he ever held his son! That pleased God!

Noah saw his family rescued from the flood long before he knew what a flood or a boat was! That pleased God! 

Moses saw God's deliverance of Israel long before he went before the Pharaoh! That pleased God!

David saw Goliath fall well before he grabbed his sling shot! That pleased God!

This is true of every name listed and person referred to in this thrilling chapter! 

I want to paraphrase this verse without distorting it. "Pleasing God becomes possible when you are willing to believe and embrace the impossible!" 

Pastor Gerald and Brenda saw FredWes in their hearts and minds long before it became what it is today! That pleased God! This is why I have asked him to tell the story of FredWes this Sunday! You need to hear it!

We are enjoying God's pleasure on our church in this season! It is His reward for seeking Him and His will for FredWes.

As you listen to Pastor Gerald tell the FredWes story I want you to rejoice that what was impossible two decades ago is a reality today. What he saw in his heart is what we put our hands on today!

Just think about this, there are people in our community who don't know Jesus today but someday will come to know Him because of the vision God is speaking into our hearts to relocate so we can remain a healthy growing church. And there will be those in other communities who will be reached by the new congregations FredWes will plant over the next several decades.

I also challenge you to give God's Spirit permission to speak into your heart a vision of what it will take for FredWes to continue pleasing God. What do we need to seek Him for today in order to receive His reward over the next two decades?