Thursday, May 21, 2020

Living by Faith through God's Grace

In this pandemic, it’s easy to look up to God and ask various questions of inquiry and concern. Some might become frustrated in moving forward without any idea of what’s next. We feel being in limbo at what’s transpiring around us. People are suffering in many ways and feeling helpless. What does the Scripture speak in this time of uncertainty? The apostle Peter reminds us, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you (1 Peter 5:10). 

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God is at work even when we do not know how He is doing it. He is the God of all grace and we need His grace to endure a seemingly bleak and unknown future. It is only through God’s grace that we are secured and assured daily. The simple fact is this: God’s grace is His provision especially given to those He called to live for Christ, in Christ and with Christ until we meet Him face to face in eternity. We need His grace to face anything that comes our way. Connecting to God’s grace is our guarantee of sustainability until Jesus comes again. 

G.W. Knight shared this illustration of how grace works:

When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day's pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements, that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award--yet receives such a gift anyway--that is a good picture of God's unmerited favour. This is what we mean when we talk about the grace of God.

Allow me to share these great insights in reminding you that God’s grace is sufficient for us at all times and in every season of life:

  • When suffering comes, God’s grace will restore us.
  • When uncertainty comes, God’s grace will confirm us.
  • When pain and sorrow come, God’s grace will strengthen us.
  • When troubles come, God’s grace will establish us.

How do we access such a bountiful supply of God’s grace? God’s grace is always accessible through faith in Jesus. There’s no other way of appropriating it except through Jesus and Him alone. Something mighty occurs when God’s grace and our faith intersect. Grace provides mileage to our faith and faith sees grace ahead to attain victory at all times. Most importantly, it produces great things to those who believe. Remember, nothing is impossible for this who believe sustained by God’s grace. Somebody said these wonderful words to encourage us in our current journey during this pandemic:

He giveth more grace when burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labours increase; To added affliction, He addeth His mercy, To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace. When we have exhausted our store of endurance; When our strength has failed ere the day is half done; When we reach the end of our hoarded resources; Our Father's full giving is only begun. His love has no limit, His grace knows no measure, His power no boundary known unto men; For out of His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

In the end, we can only anchor ourselves under the mighty hand of God’s grace and through faith we can overcome anything. No matter what we face, we are never alone because God’s grace sustains us all the way through. Believe it and you will never be the same again.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

JRAM You Tube Channel

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

JRAM Church Online – April 26, 2020 “Shifting Mindsets: Experiencing God’s Best in our Worst Situation”

How does God shift people’s mindset? God has various ways of causing a shift of mindset among the people. Whether through literal imprisonment or through a specific judgment or fear of punishment of death, there’s always an expected response. Hopefully, it is the right response.
JRAM Church Online – April 26, 2020 Speaker – Aldrin Navo – JRAM Senior Pastor

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Online Worship Service: "Hang On or Lose Heart" - Parable of the Persistent Widow

Because of the delay in the consummation of the kingdom, it is especially important for persistent prayer to characterize the Christian life. This will ensure that a community of faith will exist when the Son of Man comes. ~New American Commentary

JRAM Church Online - April 19, 2020 Speaker - Aldrin Navo - JRAM Senior Pastor

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Faith in God’s Reality

William Jennings Bryan shared a powerful illustration in proving God’s reality: 

I have observed the power of the watermelon seed. It has the power of drawing from the ground and through itself 200,000 times its weight. When you can tell me how it takes this material and out of it colors an outside surface beyond the imitation of art, and then forms inside of it a white rind and within that again a red heart, thickly inlaid with black seeds, each one of which in turn is capable of drawing through itself 200,000 times its weight--when you can explain to me the mystery of a watermelon, you can ask me to explain the mystery of God.  

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The main reason many cannot comprehend the reality of God is due to a simple fact: “…anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6b). Belief in the reality of God involves faith in His existence. Although, whether we believe in God’s reality or not, His reality never diminished anyway. Not believing in His reality is our lost not His. 

What do the Scriptures say about God’s reality? We begin with the visible creation. God’s creation secures our faith in an invisible God: “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). Furthermore, God’s creation strengthens our faith in the power of God’s word: “By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). Finally, hear what Jesus described faith in God’s reality: “Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

For everyone’s benefit, having a firm belief in God’s reality is an initial requirement of faith: “…because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and…” Em Griffin shared this wonderful story: 

There's a story about a kindergarten teacher who asked a boy what he was drawing. Without pausing to look up, he said, "A picture of God." The teacher smiled and responded, "But nobody knows what God looks like." The boy carefully put down his crayon, looked her squarely in the eye, and declared, "After I'm finished here they will." 

Next, our belief in God’s reliability is an ongoing requirement of faith “…because anyone who comes to him must believe that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Here’s a story t0 illustrate such truth: The early church leader Augustine was once accosted by a heathen who showed him his idol and said, "Here is my god; where is thine?" Augustine replied, "I cannot show you my God; not because there is no God to show but because you have no eyes to see Him. (Author Unknown). Like Job, we need to see God’s reality during the toughest times of our life. And only with eyes of faith, one sees the existence and reality of God: You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you (Job 42:4-5).

In facing any crisis, the significance of our faith in exhibiting God’s reality becomes much more significant. Why? People must know our faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us (John 3:16). People must see how our faith operates in public scrutiny (Matthew 5:16). Finally, people must encounter our faith by engaging them as Jesus’ witnesses (Acts 1:8). When we know these things, it keeps us aligned in our faith God. Most importantly, people are watching us live our faith life. God is counting on us in displaying the reality of His power daily. Don’t just show it, live it as a witness for His glory.

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