Presbyter message

Dear People of God,

God's laws never fail. In the physical realm the sun, moon, stars and seasons are dependable because God is faithful. Likewise, in the spiritual realm, God's laws never change. God's faithfulness is a rock under our feet, a strong arm around our shoulders, a sure light upon our way, and an apt word in our discouragement. Let me put this in three ways. 1. The faithfulness of God is His protection in our temptations. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your str-ength, but with the temptations will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. How could this be true? Because God is faithful. For the Chr-istian there is foe, there is a fight, there is a victory. With the first two affirmations we have no problem, but we sometimes doubt the third. Napoleon Bonaparte once said "God is one the side of the biggest battalions". He was right, but not in the sense he meant it. God is on the side of the big battalions, for His battalions are the biggest. We must fight our battle the way He directs. If we go wandering off like a stray sheep, if we fight in our own strength, if we use the weapons of the flesh and not of the Spirit, the enemy will pick us off one by one. 2. The faithfulness of God is His pledge of the efficacy of our faith. Because God is faithful, we can trust Him. The value of any faith is in its object. We are faithless again and again. We disap-point God. We betray others. The missionary John G. Patton translated John 3:16 into the crude language of the South Sea Islanders like this: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever leans His whole weight on Him should not perish but have everlasting life". To 'lean one's whole weight on' was their word for faith. We can lean our full weight on God because He is faithful. Nothing before, nothing behind, the steps of faith, falls on the seeming void, and find the solid rock beneath. 3. The faithfulness of God is His guarantee for for-giveness. Confession of sins is God's condition for forgiveness; His faithfulness is His guarantee. Confession to God drags the sin into the light and shows it to ours-elves in all its faulness. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all righteousness.

Rev. Aby K Thomas

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