Summary: True Faith; looks for God at work around us, leaves the glory to God alone, and lasts in the face of suffering.
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March 2, 2008 Jay Davis Robison ACTS 14:8-22
Few weeks ago began Lenten journey toward Easter
Time of reflecting on our faith
Considered being Generous, Last week living on Purpose
This week living life of true faith what does it look like?
Jesus encouraged us to let light of faith shine
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good
deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 TNIV
There is no mistaking the effect of light upon a darkened place. Light boldly & unabashedly announces its presence and vigorously dispels darkness. God’s desire is to fill you with His light. God wants you to shine as a brilliant testimony of His presence & power in your life so that the darkness in the lives of those around you will be displaced by the light of God’s glory.
If, you notice the world around you becoming darker & darker, don’t blame the darkness! It’s simply doing what darkness does. The only remedy for darkness is light. If the world is becoming darker, the problem is not w\the darkness. The problem is with the light. Jesus said His disciples are to be “light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). What an awesome responsibility—to be the ones through whom God would shine His divine light and dispel the darkness from around others!
Acts 14 teaches about true faith what does it mean to let our light shine for God? Characteristics of TRUE FAITH
1. Looks FOR GOD AT WORK AROUND US
How busy is God in our world today?
Is God as active in world today as he was during Biblical times?
Or has God gotten tired now lying in lounge chair waiting for UK
Does God work in your life as often as he did in the life of David?
I don’t know about you, but I wonder sometimes.
The key to experiencing GOD DAILY IS TO
Realize God is ALREADY AT WORK
AND INVITES YOU TO TAG ALONG
Refreshing to know God working we on tipped toes to see what next
God has not gotten tired, still at work today
May say that cannot be true, don’t know how hard life is
I am in places only Christian around, everyone else seems hard
Consider what’s going on around Acts 14
Paul and Barnabus had been telling about Jesus in city of Iconium.
Some of the people got angry with them for preaching about Jesus.
Enemies of the gospel got together & planned a secret plot
to first mistreat Paul and Barnabus and then to stone them.
Paul & Barnabus caught wind of plot and fled to Lystra and Derbe.
Lystra had a reputation for being a rude city, wild people
Who were very superstitious not hotbed for Christian revival
Yet Paul and Barnabus looking for God at work there
One guy caught Paul’s eye, he had been crippled all his life
Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and
called out, "Stand up on your feet!" At that, the man jumped up
and began to walk. Vs 9 and 10 TNIV
Someone had to bring this guy to town every day to beg
No governmental help, it was survival of the fittest and he not fit.
Underline Paul saw that he the faith to be healed.
In seemingly godforsaken Lystra Paul looking for God at work
Rise up and Claim Christ, get up and the man did, jumped
What would have happened if Paul not looking for God? Nothing
Wherever 2 or 3 gathered in my name Jesus said I am in midst
God is here today working in your life are you sitting on sideline?
God is here and at work, join in what God is doing
Never forget: EVERYBODY DEALS WITH
THE GOD QUESTION
Perhaps you heard this week about shift in American religion
Many leaving churches they grew up in for something else
Heed the warning make it relevant, and real for next generation
Increase in unaffiliated and atheists
Those who believe not passion or power to what we do
Do we live our lives that way?
Paul and Barnabus are blessed with spiritual conversation
If you get to interact at gut level with someone blessing
We must always be open where is God working in lives near us
Atmosphere was strictly pagan, looking for hope
For help in life we have hope to share,
Others may not understand it at first, but sow seeds & pray for fruit
Reporter asked Mrs. Edison if she understood the theory of relativity
No but I know Albert and he can be trusted
We do not know the answers to all of life’s questions
but we know Jesus And he can be trusted