By Rev. Magead Salloum New Testament Church, 6772 Lamphear Road
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
Abraham was going to a "place", but he didn’t know where it was. He was travelling by faith. Abraham had no idea where he was heading. He just followed God’s instructions. He knew that walking by faith would bring him blessings.
Where are you heading? What is your destination?
Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." We are living in the generation which has been called to share this message with the whole world.
Years ago, when Mao Tse-tung was the leader of China, there was great persecution of the Christians. Mao wanted to eliminate Christianity. First, he arrested the Christians. Then spread them all over the country, thinking that they could not meet together, so the church would die. Secondly, he wanted to punish them, so he gave them the worst jobs possible-garbage collectors and grave diggers. On the surface, one would have thought that this evil plan would have worked. However, in spreading out the Christians, he planted Christianity through the entire nation. In making Christians garbage collectors, he gave them access to every home in the country. In making them grave diggers, he placed them in situations where they could share the hope of the Gospel with people who were grieving. Instead of eliminating Christianity, he caused it to grow.
God knows what He is doing. No matter how tough the situation that you are going through is, keep walking by faith. God will bring deliverance.
Noah was building a huge ship on dry ground. He had no concept of "a flood", since it did not rain in those days. This ship was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high (four and a half stories high). At that time, there were no cranes, no forklifts, no available machinery to move this huge ship to a lake or to the sea. It took Noah 100 years to build it. I don’t know about you, but if I knew something like a boat or a house would take 100 years to build, I would have some problems with that. But Noah didn’t. By faith, Noah built the ark. He saw what others did not see. He saw through the eyes of faith.
What do you see? Where are you going? Are you focused on what you see with your eyes, or are you walking by faith? Are you willing to lay everything on the line for God, and allow Him to use you in ways you have never been used before?
Let me tell you what is happening in the realm of the Spirit right now. God is shaking this world and the powers that be. God is getting ready to advance His kingdom one last time, before Jesus comes back.
Frank, who was 8 years old, was looking forward for weeks to this particular Saturday. His father had promised to take him fishing, if the weather was suitable. There hadn’t been any rain for weeks, and as Saturday was approaching, Frank was confident of the fishing trip. But wouldn’t you know it? When Saturday morning dawned, it was raining heavily and it appeared that it would continue all day. Frank wandered around the house, peering out the windows and grumbling more than a little. "It seemed like the Lord would know that it would have been better to have the rain yesterday rather than today," he complained to his father, who was sitting by the fire place, enjoying a good book. His father tried to explain to Frank how badly the rain was needed; how it would make the flowers grow and bring much needed moisture to the farmers crops. But Frank was adamant. "It just isn’t right," he said over and over again.
Then, about 3 p.m. the rain stopped. There was still time for some fishing, and quickly the gear was loaded. They were off to the lake. Miraculously, the fish were biting and father and son returned with a basket full of fish. At supper, when the fish was ready, Frank’s mom asked him to pray. Frank did, and concluded his prayer by saying: "and Lord if I sounded grumpy earlier today, it was because I did not see far enough ahead."
Let us walk by faith and total trust in God. Amen.