"Launch out into the deep..." I’m sure many a sermon has been preached on those five words in chapter five, and deservedly so. Those five words address a faith many are inspired by but few experience. Launching out so far that God is the only possible rescue and the only possible explanation for success.
In my opinion one of the most misunderstood passages of the twenty-third Psalm is verse 2: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” As you read this passage, you might imagine herds of sheep eating on the green hillside and drinking in a nearby babbling brook. What made me stop and consider was the thought that the Shepherd had to make the sheep lie down in green pastures.
The Christian life is a call to faithfulness. In the secular world, consistent productivity is noticed. While some members of management may seem to "have it out for Christians," today's economic climate dictates that they not only notice but reward productivity. When your testimony improves, opportunities will present themselves. As Joseph found grace (or favor) in Potiphar's sight, he continued to serve. That is exactly what you must continue to do. Beware! There is a tendency to get comfortable, to relax, to become lazy. Put simply, be faithful! Remember, the honor of Jesus Christ is at stake every day of your life!
While many books could be written about Joseph’s life, I believe a few important “steps” were the key to his success while working in the world. These steps are something from which every Christian can learn.
Some think that faith comes from within, inside of you, but in Ephesians 2:8, Paul reminds us that faith “is the gift of God” and that it comes from God. It is not something we can muster up or dig down deep to find. It is the fruit of God in the life of His surrendered child. In God, this is called foreknowledge. In us, it is the assurance of His foreknowledge. In Him, this is omniscience. For the Christian, it is reliance upon His omniscience.
Hebrew 10:38-39 Faith accepts the impossible as a real possibility! Faith ignores the obvious and takes a step of obedience anyway. Four levels of Faith: No Faith – God doing no “mighty” works… Little Faith – God limited by unbelief Strong Faith – God pleased with a growing faith… Great Faith – God answering prayer … Continue reading Four Levels of Faith