Monday, July 23, 2012

Faith Is Our Victory!

In whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.?” (I John 5:4, 5)

It was refreshing last Sunday to hear Johnny Moffitt describe how becoming a disciple of Christ has delivered him from the “dark side” of life to a life of freedom in ministry with God’s provisions and endless opportunities to lead others into the light of Christ. It is evident that he truly believed that Jesus is the Son of God and that He rewards those who are committed to serving Him.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “but without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and the He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” It is true that for faith to be real, it must have an object. People can put faith in most anything they choose to. But for the believer the only object in which we place our faith is in the person of Jesus Christ! There cannot be any other choice to obtain a life of victory over the world than to choose Christ Jesus who Himself is victorious over death, hell, and the world.

  • He rose again from the dead the third day - I Corinth. 15:4
  • He holds the keys of hell and death - Revelation 1:18
  • He has overcome the world - I John 5:5

We overcome the world, flesh, and the devil only through our overcomer, the Lord Jesus! Praise God, we are not orphans! We are sons and daughters of Almighty God! “As many as received him, to them gave he the power (right and privilege) to become the sons of God, even to those who believe on the Lord Jesus.” John 1:12

The right of sonship is an exclusive right of only those who believe and call upon the saving Name of the Lord. Acts 2:21 says, “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” You and I belong to Jesus! He bought our redemption and paid the supreme price to deliver us from darkness into his marvelous light. I Peter 2:9 We stand by faith. We walk by faith. We “live by the faith of the Son of God.” Galatians 2:20 The hope of righteousness is by faith. Our eternal salvation is through faith. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2

Your faith and faithfulness to God will gain a reward that is everlasting. We are overcomers in this world because our faith is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Blessed to See Someone Else Blessed!

Do you rejoice when you see someone else succeed or receive victories in life? When you see other people blessed, perhaps receive a blessing or special attention that you have longed to receive yourself - are you able to rejoice with them? Does it thrill you to know that other people are moving upward in life? Or does it threaten you and make you sad when you see someone else receiving a blessing you wished could be yours?

In I Corinthians 13:6 it says that 

“love does not behave itself unseemly, and love does not think evil or wrong of anyone.”

How you respond to other people’s troubles and blessings reveals a great deal about your true level of spiritual maturity. When someone has wronged you and you find yourself secretly rejoicing at their time of hardship, ask God to forgive you for responding in a way that is contrary to love. Remember that, God’s love never reacts negatively toward those who encounter hardships. His love “does not rejoice when it sees an injustice done to someone.” His love is “overjoyed with truth.” 

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy 236th Birthday America!

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not the course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” 

These compelling words embodied the patriotic spirit of Patrick Henry—a brilliant orator where love of liberty, won at any cost, fueled the fire of the American Revolution. Patrick Henry was an American hero. The legacy of Patrick Henry lives on not only in his monumental achievement of American independence and western liberty, but also in the example he set for future generations of leaders.

Imitate Patrick Henry Patrick Henry’s fundamental characteristics should inspire all leaders to learn from his life. Before the American Revolution our country was under the throes of political and religious tyranny from the British. Patrick Henry held a deep conviction that “where political tyranny begins, true government ends.”

Henry was certain that God had called him to an inescapable accountability to oppose the lawless encroachments of government over “citizen’s rights” and “freedom of religion.” The American Revolution owes much of its success to the bold and passionate life work of Patrick Henry whose trumpet of revolution was heard loud and clear in the congressional halls of justice.

Patrick Henry was a man of deep religious faith and virtue. He was a man of persistence. He learned the hard way that life is neither fair nor easy, and that the path to success and greatness was perseverance. Henry was a man of passion. He passionately advocated measures that he sincerely held to be in the best interest of the country. He spoke and acted from his heart with honest conviction that moved the hearts of others.

Henry was a man of perception. He foresaw the coming war of independence long before his confused colleagues. He also foresaw the dangers of federal abuse of the constitution because he had an astounding knowledge of the human heart. He was a man of patriotism. His patriotism was rooted in his love for liberty first. To him being a patriot meant standing on the firm foundation of God’s justice in the face of opposition, injustice, and censorship. A patriot was one who stood for his country because his country stood for right.

Lastly, Henry was a man of piety. His Christian faith sustained him through adversity and loss. His faith comforted him and energized him during conflict. It shaped his character and governed his policies. His view of liberty that he strove to protect was rooted in his Christian world view. The only God that Henry would bow to was the God of the Bible.

The only enemy to freedom is tyrannical government that presumes to take the place of God. Henry serves to every generation of leaders as a model of Christian patriotism, and uncompromising statesmanship. Happy 4th of July!

-Pastor Virgil Amundson