Growing Up to Hear God | Jay Fesperman (2/3)
Good morning from all of us at the Christian Training Center International! This is another day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Please join us today as we see how important exercise is! Exercising our faith that is! If we want to master anything, then we have to practice that thing many many times. It is the same truth with our faith. In this part 2 of Jay Fesperman’s series, we will learn the importance of training and consistency in building our faith strong.
That verse – Ephesians 2: 8 – goes on to say of faith, “It is a gift of God.” Now, just as the parental “gift” of milk to the baby is gradually replaced with solid food, so the basic gift of FAITH becomes “solid food”. But your FAITH, that solid food, being for the mature, requires constant use, and, as we use it, “We are trained by it.” (Hebrews 5: 14).
So God lays back so that we can be exercised by the use of our GIFTS in order to “distinguish good from evil” – making correct decisions for ourself. And, as we constantly exercise the GIFT of FAITH, we find that we have come to trust God! Almost as much as He trusts us!
And the important thing is that God has called us to become co-workers with Him. We have an agreement with God – a COVENANT – to be Kingdom Builders! Kings and priests, the Bible says! It takes MATURITY to be a King! It takes MATURITY to serve as a Priest! It takes DISCIPLINE to be a King! It takes SACRIFICE to be a Priest!
The early Christians expected JESUS to return at any moment. I too am expecting Him to return soon. That sense of urgency should be with us at all times! But Jesus, who is King of kings, who is our High Priest, is very comfortably seated at the Father’s right hand up in heaven, while we pray, “Thy kingdom come on earth!” He taught us that! Why doesn’t He come? Apparently, He doesn’t have anything else to accomplish, except maybe to endorse our prayers to the Father. What’s He waiting for? Why doesn’t He come on back?
I’m afraid it’s because His co-workers aren’t cooperating. And I don’t think it’s so much our not working hard enough, as it is our attitudes. The Proverbs say, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Our attitudes stem mostly from our RESPONSES to those whom we relate to. Jesus said, “. . .out of the heart come evil thoughts. . .”, and He names many. . .”these are what makes a man unclean.” Just as surely as He sees our “works”, the Lord “knows the thoughts of man.” And He is much more concerned about good thoughts and attitudes than He is about good works. Right attitudes will produce proper and HOLY living. But “good works” can come out of deception – or from a con-artist.
God’s PURPOSE??? God’s PLAN??? His PLAN can only prevail by a cooperative working between Him and us. And His plan is all worked out ahead of time! He’s simply waiting for us, 1) to yield up our independent, rebellious spirit, and 2) to COME ON into FAITH, so that “His GRACE may abound toward us!”
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 9, March 1981.
Our programs here at CTCI are experiential. We not only teach Biblical truths, but we also have you live out and experience the teachings while you are here. It is a disciplined life in Christ that stabilizes and gives us a firm foundation to build our faith on! You will be challenged and you will get to practice!
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