A NEW YOU FOR THE NEW YEAR – FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS – SERMON RESOURCES
ENGAGING THE PRACTICAL TIP
The story formed in the African American church is one of an oppressed people relying on what they had, their faith, to overcome oppression. It a story of overcoming hopelessness with faith. But for many of us, as we start to open ourselves to God, we quickly discover that our biggest obstacle, our internal block, is our deep-seated mistrust. The question that lingers just beneath the surface, demanding an answer is, “Will I be taken care of. Can God be trusted?”
While the culture teaches to place our highest trust in doubt and skepticism, we forget that skepticism is just a tool. Not just for debunking error, but for discovering and accepting what’s actually truth. But faith isn’t found here. Our faith is the sum of skepticism, plus belief and it helps resists our fears.
As Jesus invites us to “come and see,” it will require us to create exquisite balance between our doubts and beliefs. Our realities are limited, God’s are limitless. Our fears hold us back. They trap us. They keep us in the same routines, the same patterns.
Faith doesn’t save us from trials and tribulations. What it does is give us strength to face them. When we learn to live by faith we develop a source of strength and inspiration, hope just like the African American church to keep on treading water, especially in the face of trials and trouble. It’s not we who keep the faith. It’s the faith that keeps us keeping on.
When we find ourselves with the wind (life, mountains) against us and we are in danger of sinking, being overwhelmed by the storms of our lives. Jesus isn’t a ghost of the past. He is the resurrected Son of God, crowned with glory and power, who is present with us. This is who we build on our faith on. He knows suffering, and pain, and knows what it means to overcome. And he is ready to offer grace which sustains as we face the storms of life.
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