Faith Gaps

1 Thessalonians 3:10   (KJV)   10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

We desire to effectively and efficiently disciple our brothers and sisters in Jesus.  We want to do the best we can to help each other grow in our walk.  And spending time with each other is essential to this.  Discipleship somehow works better when our disciples see 1 Thessalonians 3.10 - Gaps in Faithus and are able to not only read and hear about what we teach, but see how we exemplify our teachings. They see how our beliefs transform us from glory to glory.

We all still need to grow.  Each one still has this “gaps in faith” that are slowly filled through continuous learning of the Word.  God has provided us each other.  God is an omniscient Father desiring to teach us, instruct us, lead us and guide us.  He left us with the written Word and sent us His Holy Spirit as more than sufficient helps in this.  He wants us to live the best life we can live—one that’s fruitful, growing, and powerful,

We need divine guidance.  Forks in the road are everywhere; convincing voices abound; it’s very easy to stray from the straight and narrow.  We humbly admit: as long as we’re on earth, even to the best of our abilities, we’ll continue having blind spots—gaps in faith.  It’s just right that we first and foremost humble ourselves and receive faithful instructions from those our loving Father provide as our disciplers.  Then freely we give what we freely receive. As we’re helped decrease our faith gaps, we help others to do the same.  Altogether we grow in our doctrine and practice.  Deceptions come, hardships hit, but we remain straight and strong.

 

With the Little We Have

Acts 18:25   (KJV)   25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

At times, we feel like the tasks, problems, and challenges before us are way much bigger than we can handle. We feel as if we’re unable to cope. Just thinking about them would make others tired, disappointed or want to give up. But we don’t; we know our place, our limitations, and the infiniteness of our God. From the time we trusted Him, placed our full acts-18-25-with-the-litte-we-havedependence on Him for salvation, and surrendered the control of our lives to Him, we already know that this will be the pattern of our lives: us continually dependent on Him in anything and everything.

We trust not in our own strength, understanding, or ability; we acknowledge Him in all our ways. Everyone’s already dependent on Him; there are just those of us who realize it and recognize Him for it, then there are those who don’t. But we all—believers and unbelievers alike live, move, and have our being in Him. It’s in Him and because of Him that all things consists—that we’re kept intact—held together. Because of Him we breathe; we see. All our faculties: intellectual, physical, emotional work because of Him. We don’t dictate the cells of our bodies to keep multiplying and reproducing. We don’t keep telling our minds and hearts to work. Someone else dictates and directs their efficiency.

The Lord calls us not because of us but despite us. It’s not because we’re able, but because He is. He moves in and through us, and gives us the honor of being vessels enjoying the Kingdom work, accomplishments, and victories. That’s it. In Him, we accomplish our tasks and live out our calling—no matter how small or great. We know little, but we’re excited serving Him. We go taking whatever little talent, skill, or knowledge we have. We go humbly yet confidently, knowing we have the great big Almighty God Who covers for our lack. We’re not inhibited or intimidated; our eyes are not on us, we look to Him—Him in us, and that gets us really enthusiastic introducing Him to others, and introducing others to Him.