Participants: Eric Garloff
Series Code: WWJ
Program Code: WWJ000006
00:01 Have you ever wondered how you can have
00:03 a closer walk with Jesus?
00:04 Stay tuned and we'll share with you how you can do just that
00:08 in this edition of Walking With Jesus.
00:27 I'm Eric Garloff, your host for Walking With Jesus.
00:30 I'm so glad that you joined us because in today's program
00:34 we're going to be talking about a very important topic.
00:36 We're going to be talking about faith and acceptance.
00:40 Now in our last three programs we dealt with repentance,
00:43 confession, and consecration.
00:46 And that's what makes today's program so important
00:49 because faith and acceptance in the life of the believer
00:51 needs to be acted upon to receive the blessings found in
00:56 repentance, confession, and consecration.
01:00 So what is faith?
01:02 How do we understand it?
01:04 How do we define it?
01:06 And how do we apply it to our lives?
01:08 I once heard a story about a missionary in a foreign land.
01:13 He was translating the Bible into the native language
01:16 of the people.
01:17 As it often goes there were certain problems, or obstacles,
01:22 in translating from one language to another.
01:25 In this case there was no word in the people's language
01:29 to describe what faith is.
01:31 Then one day a member of the tribe had been running a very
01:35 long distance to see the missionary.
01:37 In fact he had been running for hours.
01:40 When he finally arrived at the village he came into the hut
01:44 of the missionary.
01:45 He immediately threw his whole weight into the chair
01:48 so that he could rest and catch his breath.
01:50 The man didn't stop to ask the missionary if it was safe
01:54 to sit in that chair, or if the chair would hold up his weight.
01:58 He simply trusted that it would.
02:00 The missionary then understood how he could translate
02:03 the word faith.
02:04 He told the villagers that faith is as if you were resting your
02:09 entire weight on a chair, never questioning or doubting
02:13 that the chair will be able to hold you up.
02:14 Applying this to the Christian faith would then mean that
02:19 we are to place the weight of our burdens upon God,
02:23 doubting nothing, with full knowledge that He's able
02:27 to hold us up.
02:28 Let's dig a little deeper here.
02:30 In earlier programs we've seen God's love for humanity
02:34 and our great need for God.
02:36 We've understood that sin separates us from God
02:40 and that through confession and repentance we can be
02:43 forgiven and made right with God.
02:45 We've also seen the need to consecrate our lives to God
02:49 asking Him to live within us each and every day
02:53 supplying us with the strength to live a victorious
02:56 life in Jesus.
02:57 Through the presence of the power of the Holy Spirit
03:00 working within us, all of these things are accomplished
03:03 in and through our lives.
03:07 Now let's look at a Biblical application of
03:10 faith and acceptance.
03:11 Quoting from the book Steps to Christ, page 33, we read:
04:13 You believe this promise.
04:15 You confess your sins and give yourself to God.
04:18 You will to serve Him.
04:20 Just as surely as you do this God will fulfill
04:22 His word to you.
04:23 If you believe the promise, believe that you are forgiven,
04:26 and cleansed, God supplies the fact.
04:29 You are made whole.
04:30 Just as Christ gave the paralytic power to walk
04:33 when the man believed that he was healed.
04:36 It is so if you believe it.
05:10 I'd like to share a short story which illustrates this
05:14 point of faith and belief.
05:16 The story is told of a lady who week after week,
05:20 month after month, and year after year, would always pray
05:24 for victory over a certain sin.
05:26 It came to the point where a teenager, who nearly always
05:30 sat behind this woman in church, and who continually
05:33 heard this woman's prayer, one day said to the lady,
05:36 "Don't you think it's about time that you give up that sin?"
05:38 You see friends, it's like we mentioned in the past,
05:42 when we step out in faith and ask God to remove sin from us,
05:46 we need to act on it as if He has already done it.
05:50 We need to make decided changes in our lives by taking hold
05:54 of the power of God which He promised to give us.
05:56 We need to accept His word as being real, complete with real
06:01 power to make changes in our lives.
06:03 This is how we live a life of faith, the life of victory,
06:07 the life of decided change, the life of belief in God's word.
06:12 Faith is really nothing more than taking God at His word,
06:16 and taking the next step forward.
06:19 Now the statement was made earlier that there's a condition
06:23 for claiming the promises of God and having Him
06:25 answer our prayers.
06:26 When we pray we must pray according to the will of God.
06:30 Let me ask you, "Don't you think it's God's will to cleanse us
06:33 from sin and make us His children; to grant us the power
06:37 for victory in our lives?"
06:39 Of course it is!
06:40 Therefore we can have confidence in God and in the scriptures.
06:45 As it is written in John 1:9, If we confess our sins,
06:50 He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
06:52 and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
06:55 Now that's something to be joyful about, Amen?
06:57 Steps to Christ, pages 34 and 35 says this:
07:44 They must have His grace; the Spirit of Christ to help their
07:48 infirmities or they cannot resist evil.
07:50 Jesus loves to have us come to Him just as we are; sinful,
07:55 helpless, and dependent.
07:57 We may come with all our weakness, our folly,
08:01 our sinfulness, and fall at His feet in penitence.
08:04 It is His glory to encircle us in the arms of His love
08:08 and to bind up our wounds, to cleanse us from all impurity.
08:12 I'm continuing to quote from page 35:
09:03 This passage echoes the sentiments of God as found in
09:06 Ezekiel 18:32 which says: I have no pleasure in the death
09:11 of him that dies, says the Lord God.
09:13 Wherefore turn yourselves and live.
09:15 Isaiah 55:7 also makes this theme clear.
09:20 It says, Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous
09:23 man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord
09:26 and He will have mercy upon him, and to our God,
09:29 for He will abundantly pardon.
09:31 The old sentiment is true folks.
09:34 God hates sin but He loves the sinner,
09:36 and He desires everyone, young and old, rich and poor,
09:40 to come to Him that they might have everlasting life.
09:45 God not only wants to cleanse us from our sin, but He wants
09:48 to give us the power in our lives to overcome sin,
09:51 and live a life of victory over our sin.
09:53 He wants us to bury our past and to move forward in His power.
09:58 One Biblical passage speaks about putting our hand
10:01 to the plow and not looking back.
10:03 The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13, 14:
10:23 Yes, to be called a Christian is a privilege and an honor;
10:26 a privilege that we day by day strive to live up to.
10:30 Not in our own power, but in the power of the Almighty God.
10:34 By faith we believe, and by acting upon our faith
10:38 God makes it so.
10:39 This is His promise to all of mankind.
10:43 Now a few words about the opposition.
10:45 Satan is artful in his craft.
10:47 He's had thousands of years to perfect his ability of lying
10:50 to us and tricking us into thinking things about God
10:54 that just simply aren't true.
10:55 He wants to destroy us, and it's his goal to steal away every
10:59 little bit of hope that the human race has.
11:01 In doing this he discourages the sinner and convinces
11:05 him to give up.
11:06 This we cannot allow him to do.
11:08 We need to realize that all of the angels of heaven
11:11 are at our disposal; that God will move heaven and earth
11:15 to save the repentant sinner who takes Him at His word
11:18 and acts in faith upon His word.
11:20 If God would offer His only Son to save us, there is nothing
11:25 that He would withhold from us for the salvation of our souls.
11:28 There is no sincere prayer that He would not answer.
11:32 He yearns for the repentant sinner to yield his life to Him.
11:36 He longs for you and me to make a decision to follow Him.
11:41 God says it this way in Jeremiah 29:11:
11:52 Yes, God has a plan for your life, and He has an expected end
11:57 for each and every one of us.
11:58 And that expected end is for us to spend eternity
12:01 with Him in heaven and on the earth made new.
12:06 Speaking of heaven and the new earth, when we by faith
12:09 take God at His word, this is what we have waiting for us
12:12 and it's found in Revelation 21:1-7
12:15 which reads the following: And I saw a new heaven
12:19 and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth
12:21 were passed away; and there was no more sea.
12:24 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
12:29 from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride
12:32 adorned for her husband.
12:33 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
12:36 Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell
12:40 with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself
12:44 shall be with them, and be their God.
12:47 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
12:50 and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
12:53 nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
12:56 for the former things are passed away.
12:58 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold,
13:01 I make all things new.
13:02 And he said unto me, Write: for these words
13:07 are true and faithful.
13:08 And he said unto me, It is done.
13:11 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
13:14 I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain
13:17 of the water of life freely.
13:19 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be
13:23 his God, and he shall be my son.
13:26 Isn't that a beautiful thought to leave you with, friends?
13:29 He will be our God and we shall be His children.
13:34 May God's rich blessings be upon you and your loved ones
13:38 as you find yourselves walking with Jesus.
13:41 Walking with Jesus is the most rewarding thing a person can do.
13:48 In Him we find eternal life.
13:51 We pray you draw close to Jesus each time
13:54 as you study the Bible.
13:56 Join us again for our next program where you will learn
14:00 how to be a disciple of Jesus.