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January 18, 2022 7:00 am
Welcome to this edition of PowerPoint with rain later in the program tell you how you moments. First, here's the message fortified chapter 20 of John's Gospel verse 31 says these things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the son of God, and that by believing you have may have life in his name. Life is in Christ life with a capital L to live is Christ and to die is gain and to believe is the live and I want to talk to you about fortifying your faith strengthening your faith from beginning in from the beginning of your faith to the end of your faith.
It is important that our faith be strong and growing that the faith that we have is solid and strong that our faith is truly built upon a foundation of raw that cannot be shaken. The identifying mark of a Christian's faith faith. When you say faith is that all faith in Jesus Christ not faith does so many things in our lives we are saved by faith.
Romans 51. We are justified made right with God by faith. But that's just the beginning.
By faith we receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit Galatians 3 in verse 14 tells us, so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise. Through faith how you going to live the Christian life.
The most important spiritual lesson I learned was to receive the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit that Christ lives in me according Galatians 220 earlier that the faith of the son of God is in the and therefore the power of his spirit. I can't live the Christian life the Christian life is not hard. It is impossible in our human strength. So, by faith, by faith we receive the filling of God spirit victory is by faith victory over the world and all the problems that we face in all the temptations and test is your faith strong enough to face the temptations of this world first John 54 says this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Victory is sweet if you when something is worth celebrating our victory over the world is by faith, our victory over Satan comes because of faith by believing within the Ephesians chapter 6 and verse 16 where told her where to put up the shield of faith, so that we can resist the fiery darts of the enemy answered prayer Mark 11 verse 24 therefore I tell you whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you received it and it will be your on and on. I could go every good thing in life.
Every blessing in life. Every benefit in your life is a result of faith according to your faith be it unto you, there believe, but let me ask is your faith strong and growing you to know your faith you to grow your faith is your faith able to withstand the storms, the seasons of life is there will I don't know if I have not faith are not well is not faith and faith, or even your faith, but faith in Christ that Is not whether or not you have great faith is whether or not your faith is given and is growing. Do you have faith because if you do, and you have a growing faith.
When you experienced the trials and test the temptations, the seasons of life. The changes of light crisis in life, then you will be able to meet those difficulties by faith, by faith, would you be able to overcome when your faith be strong and steadfast.
You see, faith is not a week vacillating you know faith is been tossed about is the word where Harley means anything to people anymore. You know faith in me faith in myself faith in my journey got a believe faith is more than positive thinking positive thinking is good positive thinking makes negative thinking every single time. But that's not the kind of thing were talking about, not just a hopeful feeling. But a faith that is secure faith that is strong faith that will keep us first Peter chapter 1 tells us that we are By faith in the power of God, our security, our strength is in our faith. Jesus said, is in him that we have the spring Jesus that have faith in God. So it's not faith in just something out faith in something that is real.
Someone who is real now as far as I know there is no real definition of faith in the Bible where you just have a sentence and says this is faith, but there are many descriptions of the Bible of faith and in Hebrews chapter 11 where told that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. That means that faith is real.
People say give me something real though. Give me this faith thing, but as you know, that faith in the supernatural is more real than the very air you breathe right now there is a unseen world. It is a spiritual world that is accessed by by faith we connect by faith when were on the network of faith and is very real.
God has given each person the capacity to believe this like a six cents not a physical sense but a sense and a sensibility of connecting with God – faith and he made every person capable of believing and trusting in him and he sent his son to die on the cross and arise again so that we could believe. Not just in something out there letting someone who loves us and gave himself for us, so faith is is first an affirmation.
Faith is an affirmation is like saying amen.
Faith is the affirmation of the promises of God in our lives. It is an affirmation but is also faith is also an act.
In other words, we ask in faith.
We decide we make a decision to follow Christ, and we make a decision to be his disciple every day and not only is it an act. What follows is an action, the just shall live by faith.
And so it becomes an action when we live out our faith and we believe and behave in a certain way because of what Christ is doing in our lives and faith is not only an affirmation and an act and an action but it is an attitude. It is an attitude of faith that your trusting in God your trusting in him every step step of the way Samuel Chadwick who is a Christian of yesteryear said this without faith man can do nothing with God and without faith God will do nothing with man. Faith is the key that unlocks all the blessings of God in our lives. Everything's okay is essential to your life. What are your core beliefs. You know them. Do you know the what are the core beliefs of your life that are non-negotiable because there founded on the faith that comes in Christ and his word. What are the core belief. A good thing you should do before too long. If you haven't already done it is to write down your core beliefs because your core beliefs will lead to your core conviction in your core convictions will lead to courage as you follow Christ. What we believe is anchored in the word of God's candidacy was a apologist for the Christian faith specializes in evidences for what we believe. He says Christianity listen to. This is not true because it works. Pragmatism is not true because it feels right, which is subjectivism is not true because his quote in my truth which is relativism is true because it is anchored in the person of Christ.
Christianity is not true because it works it works because escrow and this is the faith that will strengthen you every day of your life. You see, in faith, there is an intellectual component faith is reasonable and beyond reason. Faith the substance and evidence is knowing who God is who Jesus is and why you believe what you believe, very important that all know what we believe and why we believe it is there when I don't know all that. Yet, start learning grow your faith.
That's the point. By understanding your Bible. I know that I'm safe. First John 513. These things are written you might know that you have internalized.
I know that I'm safe and nothing nobody can take a you listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham in today's message fortify your faith when he set aside daily time to connect with God to give you the ability to live a godly life and to fill his plans for you in the coming year and we'd like to help me walk even more closely with the Lord in your head by sending you pastor grams 180 day devotional moments in the word. It's our way to thank you for your gift today to help proclaim the gospel to more people around the world to PowerPoint so call now to get your copy of moments in the word. When you get: 800-795-4627 that's 1-800-795-4627 can also text the word PowerPoint to 313-1316 PowerPoint to 313131. And don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org shop where each door give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email to both our website again is Jack Graham.Ward. Now let's get back today's message fortify your face. There is an intellectual component that is strong and true in my life but that's not the end of his more than intellectual because the devil believes and trembles that there is a God beyond intellectual component. There is a volitional component, or element volitional in that I decide I make a decision to follow Christ. Jesus said as many as received him, to them gave me the right to be called the children of God, even to them that believe on his name. So there is the intellectual component where I believe intellectually but there's the volitional, in which I respond personally and decisively in faith to Jesus Christ and not only that but there's an emotional element because feelings do follow faith don't get that out of order is not feelings, and then faith but fate and sure we feel deeply these things we have conviction and passion about some things that we believe that faith is not just call and countless is not an academic experience a personal experience of passion that we have for God. That's why we're told that we are to believe in the heart, not just in the head, and you can grow up in church and have a head knowledge and intellectual understanding of faith, but you have a volitional and an emotional response to say. I will follow Christ from our passion in our convictions that we hold dear, that we in our worldview throw flows out of our faith, our ethics or morals comes out of our faith is the reason we can redefine marriage is not because we hate, but because we love God and his word and people. So when I got redefine marriage.
When I got redefine sin or sinful behavior.
Why, because we have a compassionate conviction that what God says is true no matter what man said, and that's why you're going to have an authentic active, growing, dynamic faith be the kind of faith that you can't live without kind of faith, you can't leave behind. You have that kind of thing you need to get the word of God into you because when you get the word of God in you, the God of the word is getting into you as well. Nothing should take precedence over are getting the word into us ourselves into the word.
Romans 1017 says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
So here's how to fortify your faith saturate your heart your mind your life with God's word, the Bible, my friend Hank Hannah graph, Dave gives us an acrostic that I'm in a borrow from him today call meals in the ALS and this is how you can get God's word into you and God. Therefore, in your faith.
Growing here is the meal or the meals number one memorize memorize God's word. The best things you can do this a priority.
Don't let anything take precedence over scripture memory in your life.
Your mind is like a muscle that needs exercise. So when you've been around a while you say well I can't memorize the way that I I used to memorize what may be true but you know the best mental exercise for mental acuity is the memorize Scripture. All angels then examine examine the Scriptures.
Acts 1711. There were meridians.
People who lived in Berea, they were noble people, the Scripture says who examined the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul and the other apostles were saying were true. What you need to know is Jack Graham. Is he telling us the truth is he preaching the Bible. Check it out for yourself right now to make notes, underline Scripture examine the Scripture study to show yourself and approve workmen under God. This is a daily discipline and a daily devotion in our lives. And when we do this when we examine the Scriptures we grow in our faith and our knowledge of God's word in our knowledge of God himself, and our minds are transformed. Romans 1210 says by the renewing of our minds. Minds are transformed, we examine the Scriptures.
What do the Scriptures say is an amazing some of your friends and mine have rejected the Bible, though they never even read it.
I can tell you the meaning of the Bible if their life depended on and yet they rejected it because somebody told them they should. If you're a skeptic. If you're an unbeliever, a doubter examine the Scriptures so I would challenge you to examine for yourself and see if it is true, and then apply MVA apply is not an eat.
We must exercise our faith in practical obedience and can hear some of the questions that I asked myself often as I am examining and studying the Bible you say what you know I don't get that much out of it. I try and I don't know what I'm doing.
I don't know how to read it here are some helps for you very practical here some questions you can ask yourself as you study your Bible and your pray for example, is there here a command to keep review. Know the commands of God. The direct precepts and commands of God is are a command to keep. Is there a truth to believe.
Is there some great doctrine or some grapefruit that I should learn and delete is there principal to apply to the Bible is a book of great principles. Principles for life and not everything that has to do with what is right what is wrong yes no up or down. Not everything is in black and white is in principle. For example, the Bible doesn't say you shall not smoke weed but the Bible forbids drunken are getting high.
The Bible says honor your body.
Take care your body. See, those are principles that you apply so when you when you get into the word then your ass here so far. Is there some principle that I should apply to my life. Is there a temptation to avoid it on television.
Now when you get a news alert or on your cell phone or storm alert, well maybe your reading along and there's an alert that shows up a temptation to avoid or if you follow and sinned against God, you should ask when you're reading the Scripture. Is there a sin to confess I do that all the time. I may be reading along thing I'm my life in good order and I am convicted up something in my life that ought not to be there and I confess that immediately because I want my slate clean with God. I want my walk with God to be the pure is their promise to claim the Bible is filled with promises 3000+ up are you do you know God's promises are you claiming the promises of God living by his promises is worn where's me, the author and preacher said we don't live by explanations we live by promises, so when you go through a season of life crisis tragedy is your face wrong because you're in the word and you know the promises of God you're standing maybe you're just flat out face down on those promises but the promises of God are holding you up and then, finally, is there a prayer to offer. I pray the Scriptures and the Bible is full of prayers is also full of praises and the Psalms and other places doxologies that are given an and in Scriptures that you can turn to prayers it will revitalize your prayer life. When the Scriptures are lifted up and offered as a prayer to God.
Bottom line, the word of God gives you wisdom for life book of Proverbs is all about wisdom says in all your getting knowledge in the getting of knowledge. Make sure you get wisdom. Wisdom is the practical application of knowledge. Knowledge comes from the mind, knowledge comes from man wisdom comes from God and it is in the word that we find wisdom and therefore we are strong and solid in our faith, L is for listen God speaks to us to his word. I can't tell you how many times the spirit of God has spoken to me as I read the Scriptures consistently about a decision I have to make or a problem. I have to face this is God's word is light.
It is Brent. This is not an antique book for the coffee table.
I've been studying the Bible seriously now since I was a teenager and I'm not finding flaws and failures of the Bible. I'm finding more and more faith. I believe the Bible. Now, after all these years and all my life experience and I've seen a lot of good. I've seen a lot of bad stuff but I believe God and I believe God's word.
Now more than ever.
You can build your lie on God, have faith in God and how we have faith in God.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God and then finally study study meals study be a student of the word. Have yourself a Bible, but that's a study Bible. This really is designated to study market on sake, I write in my Bible. Sure you can.
It will become a journal for your life going forward your kids and your grandkids will may pick up your Bible and they will see what you learn what you are learning it will be a will be an investment. A legacy of your life and and as you are studying and really have a place I have a place is a chair actually where I open my Bible every day and study the word of God and pray. Take notes and ensure have a time and place and allow God to speak to you in Jesus the living word of God fill you in growing your listening to PowerPoint.
Jack ran in today's message fortify your faith. Looking ahead to a new year can fill you with expectation. They can also fill you with desperation if things get worse.
But if the world gets crazier. But if you don't have the strength to face what comes your way is through spending daily time in God's word that we find the strength, peace and hope.
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And don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop RV store online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email our website again is Jack Graham.Esther what is your PowerPoint real identifying mark of the Christian's faith before we were called Christians in the Bible we were called believers, which means that in order to have faith. We must know what we believe and then knowing what we believe, begin living what we believe and actually trusting our faith. I know some people who are unbelieving believers. They don't trust the faith that God is given them. You see, faith is not just a hopeful feeling faith is listen to this and amen to what God has said, faith is affirmation of the truth of God's word and it is the corresponding promise of God in your life.
Faith is an act. In other words, faith is something we do. It is an act, it is to live out what you have affirmed and so we believe and we behave as the Bible teaches us because we are living our faith and then faith is not only in amen is not only an act, it is an attitude. It is this attitude of trust that we can trust God's Word and God's promises because we know that God is good and that he will give a good result when we trust in him one last thing, we compared all the superficial definitions of faith. Typical face should encourage you today, for one reason is real is not soft is not make-believe faith in Jesus is not just theory or religious fervor is not just good feelings. It is a rocksolid real faith in a real Savior who truly changes our hearts and minds and lives in our lives and that is today's PowerPoint. Remember when you give a gift to PowerPoint will send you 180 day moments. Call 1800 796-717-9546 also text the word PowerPoint 131 PowerPoint on the next PowerPoint.
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