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Your Faith

We are very self-centered. Take a photo with a group of people, and surely you will first seek out yourself in the picture when you first look at it. It’s in our nature. Even when we think of our faith walk, we think it is all about us.

Your faith is not simply your faith. Whether you realize it or accept it, your faith life is on display to anyone who sets their eyes on you. With each step you take, you have the opportunity to point to Jesus. As you live out your life, if you are walking with a firm faith, people will notice. People will question. People will desire to know why things are different for you. But this cannot happen when you are not walking in faithful obedience. This cannot happen if you do not demonstrate your faith. The question at that point is—are you truly a person of faith? Faith is trust in action. I can believe something, but trusting is beyond simple belief.

Paul speaks about a group of people who had faith that was spoken about “all over the world.” What?!? All over the world they were talking of their faith? YES! The people were faithfully obedient and thus, others came to hear of Jesus Christ because of their faith. Today, consider who is talking about your faith. Is anyone talking about your faith? If I spoke with your family and friends today, would they mention your faith? Are there people who have not yet heard about Jesus, because you are not ready to share your faith? Remember, your faith is not all about you. Someone needs to hear your testimony. May today be the day you share what Jesus is doing for you!

“Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in Him is being talked about all over the world.” – Romans 1:8 [NLT]

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Two Crosses

I have two crosses that I wear daily. The one cross I was given as a birthday gift by my dear friend and mentor; the other cross I received from my church when I finished the discipleship program and became an official disciple of the church. One day a fellow saw that I was wearing two crosses and he asked if I could give him one. As we continued to converse, I found that he wasn’t teasing for me to give him one since I had two, but that he felt that I had twice the blessing and protection of God while he was cross-less.

I told him that we each have our own cross to bear but I did not forget the encounter. Later in the day I thought about this man and his request for one of my crosses. He felt it would bring him protection and blessing. He felt it would help him to have one of mine. It was a firm reminder that we cannot save another person—we cannot give someone something that will provide them salvation, we cannot accept Jesus for someone, we cannot save someone.

Remember this truth as you go about your day today. Your unsaved friends and family, you may be the only one who can bring them the Gospel. Those of you who went to church all your life but never independently accepted Christ, stated your belief or have not been baptized, cannot depend on the faith of your family. You personally need to declare that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. Salvation is a beautiful gift, a gift only available from God through Christ Jesus. Do not miss out on this gift. Do not miss out on what God has offered you. It is not about wearing two crosses around your neck—it is about the life you can have through Jesus.

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9 [NIV]

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Handling Disputes

Everyone is different and this can cause many disagreements. We all have varying ideas, a different way of doing things, different beliefs, etc. Disputes pop up and when they do, it is important to not let them create an atmosphere of discord and cause us to react in poor ways. We can learn a lot from how Abraham handled a dispute with Lot.

In Genesis 13, Abraham and Lot’s herders began to fight because the land couldn’t support all of the people, the herds, and the possessions. God had blessed Abraham well, but it ended up resulting in tight living quarters. Abraham took initiative when it came to resolving the dispute with Lot. He did not want any of the fighting to cause problems between them. He gave Lot first choice of land so they could part ways and spread out. In making this offer, Lot could choose the best of the land, meaning that Abraham would suffer some loss.

Sometimes we need to take initiative when it comes to resolving disputes. It may mean that we won’t have the better choice, but it does having promising results. Fighting is not good and it usually results in bringing both parties downward. Acting with humility has great rewards. If you are in the middle of a dispute or argument right now, perhaps today is a good day to act with humility.

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” – Proverbs 15:1 [NLT]

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