Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 7 And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? 8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.[a] 10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”
Well the Lord is at is again. I am sure that none of you are surprised by that. I was speaking with a friend yesterday morning and we were talking that the root of our sin is really unbelief and idolatry. So I was looking up with the scripture on helping me with my unbelief and I came across this one from Luke and it was really challenged as I headed out the door to church.
The study notes from verse 7-10 in Luke 17 – “A disciple who obeys the commands of God cannot make special claims upon God for merely fulfilling his duty. God’s reward are of grace, not merit.” Guilty – can’t tell you how many times I think that I am owed something for doing the right the thing. I am not owed anything, by I owe everything to the one who paid it all for me!
And if that was not enough, when I get to church the pastor is preaching on 1 Peter 5:8-9 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Brothers, first let me say that I am blessed to have Godly brothers in the faith that I speak to and share with. That truly is a gift from God. I am however guilty of not taking advantage of those friendships and in some case taking them for granted. To those brothers I will seek you out and ask you forgiveness.
Let me also say brothers that the church is full of stories of men and women walking away from God and the Church. Men and women who knew of His grace and mercy and fell victim to the lies and deceits of the enemy. I DO NOT WANT TO BE NEXT. And truth be told I am closer to the edge than I ever wanted to be.
The pastor ended the service this morning with James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
I know in my heart I have resentments and have fallen prey to the father of lies. I am so overwhelmed by the grace of God and His calling upon my life. I am thanking for His timing and His presence that it is not too late to come home. To recognize the enemy for what he is and to turn to the Lord for The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Men, let’s pray for each other today. That our faith would be strengthened that we would stand firm in our faith and trust in Him who is able to do exceedingly more that we can ask or think. Thank you men for your prayers. You are loved!!