What does faith mean anyway? Tha Hebrew word for faith is emunah mean'n "support". Now in tha Old Testament, it meant strongly relyn on God by holdn on to tha word of promise 'n bein reassurd for its fullfillment evn through hardships. Noah, Abraham, Esther, Martha, Hannah, 'n Job are just a few who had this kind 'a faith. But in tha New Testament, faith took on a deepr mean'n. It became an action that havn faith in God meant ta "support" Him.
Paul wrote ta tha Corinthians while waitn on his third visit with em.
In 2 Corinthians 13:4, it tells us:
"For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
You are weak, but strong through tha Lord. How many of ya make choices 'n do things under your own powr? You call tha shots! You are the one in control! Yeah, I think we all have done it. But unless it's done God's way, it's all in vain. When ya try ta do things on your own powr ya burn out. When you're filld with tha Holy Spirit, you're fueled! God is sufficient to meet all your needs. He is ALL ya need! So, learn ta let go. God. Is. In. Control.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul tells tha Corinthians:
"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? - unless indeed you are disqualified."
How can ya test yourself? Answer these questions:
1. Do ya have a longing desire for a personal relationship with God?
2. Do ya have a conviction of tha Holy Spirit? Do ya know immediately when you've done or said somethn wrong?
3. Do ya desire ta be more like Him?
4. Do others see tha fruits of tha spirit in your life? (love, kindness, joy, peace, faithfullness, self-control, etc.)
5. Are ya willn ta share Jesus with others?
Goin back ta tha Hebrew word for faith "support", faith not only means relyn on God, but what can ya do ta "support" Him. Faith is God pleases Him 'n gives us favor.
Some things ta think 'bout:
1. Where are ya in your faith?
2. Have ya answerd tha questions above?
3. Who's in control? You 'r God?
Lord, draw us closer ta ya.
Fuel us with tha Holy Spirit so we can be fueled ta tell others 'bout ya.
Give us tha desire 'n longn for a closer relationship with ya.
Give us Godly wisdom ta turn our faith inta action ta furthr your kingdom.
In tha name of Jesus, amen.
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