The Saturday Morning Post by Pastor Ted Stahl
Today’s Reading: Matthew 12-13
Matthew 13:58 And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Good morning. I don’t know whether to ask, “How’s your belief system?”, or “Seen any mighty works lately?” If John 6:66 is the saddest verse in the Bible, then Matt. 13:58 is next in line. Jesus could not do many mighty works because of the unbelief of the people in His home town. Believing is faith going to work: faith is not stagnant. And Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and thathe is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
It is a good thing to review what we believe that the Lord has given us to exercise our faith. So here’s a little check list that may help.
___ I am a sinner saved by the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:8-9; John 1:29, 3:14-18; Acts 16:27-31, 19:4)
___ Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ is a perfect salvation: an eternal salvation. (1John 5:13; John 6:36-40, 10:27-30; Eph 4:30; 1Cor 3:11-15; Heb 9:11-15)
___ I pray. (1Thes5:17; Matt 7:7-11; James 4:2, 5:16)
___ I read my Bible. (Romans 10:17; Ps 119:9-16)
___ I tithe because I know that God will supply all my needs so I can do more with 90% of my income and God, then with 100% of my income without God. (Php 4:19; Mal 3:8-12; Matt 6:27-33; Luke 6:38)
___ I tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8; Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 15:8,16; Prov 11:30)
How many could you check off? Don’t let me know – that’s between you and the Lord. If you could not check off all of these, then we (yes, I said we because I could not check off all of these either) need to work on those unchecked. James said, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Peace (John 14:27)
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