Grace and Peace be unto you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Beloved, today is day number two (2) in our journey, our pilgrimage in our 2017 Fast. You are doing very well. Are you praying? Do you have a prayer list? Remember, the reason we are doing this is to seek of the LORD direction for 2017. We have an understanding of our purpose but we want God to show us a better way. Today, I would like to share a small piece of what I shared on Sunday from the pulpit of In His Presence Family Worship Center. I want to encourage you. You will need faith to make it through 2017. Let’s look at our text.
Matthew 17:20King James Version (KJV)
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
In this pericope, a man came to Jesus concerning his son, who was afflicted with a demon. He tells Jesus what is going on with his son and informs him that he took his son to his disciples and they could not heal his son. To that, Jesus replies:
Matthew 17:17King James Version (KJV)
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
Notice, Jesus did not bemoan the notion ‘o seminary less and uneducated generation’, nor did he deride them about how long they have been saved. He did not suggest to them that if they belonged to the right denomination they would have been able to deal with this. None of those assertions were made. He declared this generation faithless and perverse. Let’s take care to understand this. This is not a momentary lapse. This is a generational issue. It is bigger than your momentary lapse of faith. We are, in this twentieth/twenty-first century, part of a faithless and perverse nation. What we need to understand, we are not part of a people who have not seen miracles. We can see a miracle and be awed by it, but because we are witnessing miracles as part of a faithless generation, what we are used to and inundated with is the example of faithlessness. Because of that it is easy to convince ourselves of a lie, and lies and logic of men are more plausible to us then the truth of God.
The truth of God requires faith. There is no way to live in, function in and develop in God’s Kingdom without faith. Therefore we often attack issues that require faith with the logic of man. What is also common is that if you tried something God’s way and it does not work the way you or your contemporaries expect, you hear things like, ‘you were foolish to believe God in the first place’. If you did it the logical way, (according to Man), and it doesn’t work, well then it didn’t work out this time. Try what does not work, again. This would be acceptable in a faithless generation. Also, understand the Generation means years. So, this could mean that we are trying to live in faith, but our only example, as long as we have been living, has been faithlessness. Faithlessness is understandable even to many believers because this is the generation we belong to.
If this is true, our faith often is manifested with a logical proviso. Meaning we believe God but we are not fools and will not trust God enough to look stupid to men. Beloved, that is faithless.
Today, let’s fight to be believers who have faith. Let’s leave faithlessness behind. Our generation cannot save us. I want to be a man of faith. I declare that you are a man/woman of faith. Nothing shall be impossible for you. I believe that. You should too. Tomorrow let’s continue to talk more about faith.
Remember, take one day at a time. This year we are following our Bishop H. Curtis Douglas and doing 7 days. Remember, drink all the water you can drink. Make sure it is at least 8 glasses of water. Also, you may have one bowl of soup, preferably after three (3) PM. Just do today. Do not try to fast all 7 days at once. Let tomorrow take care of tomorrow. Also, plan now to bring someone to church with you on Sunday. Whatever church you belong to you need to bring someone with you. Certainly, if you do not have a church home we would be honored to have you as our special guest. Join us at 8 AM every Sunday and every Wednesday at 7 PM at In His Presence Family Worship Center on 1673 Dean St. Brooklyn NY. Our website is www.ihpfwc.org. We would love to see you.
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