Monday, April 11, 2016

Faith’s Foundation

By Darrell Huffman
Faith is like a house; it must be built on a strong foundation if it is going to stand tests and storms. Faith’s foundation is the Word of God. You cannot build a great faith life without it. The best part about this truth is that the Word of God will never fail. Its success rating stands at 100 percent.
Solomon knew the power of God’s promises. He saw the Lord keep His Word to his father, King David, with the completion of the Temple (Israel’s house of faith) in Jerusalem. Solomon declared at its dedication, “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses” (1 Kings 8:56 NIV). God’s own Word—His promises to the children of Israel—became the foundation for the Temple itself.
Nothing has changed since that time concerning the promises of God. God wants to be the foundation of your personal house of faith, and He is still fulfilling His promises. Therefore, you can trust Him to do what He has said.
In Hebrews 11, The Amplified Bible describes faith as “. . . the title deed of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see . . .” (v. 1). If I have the deed to a house, you can stand on its front porch and threaten me all you want to keep me from trying to enter the house. But it won’t make any difference what you say or do, because I have every legal right to grab you by the nape of the neck and throw you out into the yard. If I have the title deed, it’s my house, and I am going in! In the same way, faith will give you all the assurance you will ever need in this life to take what is yours according to the Word of God.
If you build your faith—your title deed—on God’s Word, it won’t matter if the devil hits your body, attacks your finances, or tries to steal your peace. You can kick him off your property because your faith will be the proof of ownership you need. With that assurance, absolutely nothing can stand in your way. So build that house of faith and move in! God’s Word promises that He gives “. . . everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him . . .” (2 Peter 1:3 NIV). So find out what His Word says—gain the knowledge you need to take hold of your title deed. As a deed enables you to lay claim to property that belongs to you, so your faith enables you to lay claim to God’s promises that belong to you.
Therefore, it is an absolute necessity that we know God’s promises so that we can begin to build our houses of faith, for “. . . faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). It is only as you and I hear God’s Word—His promises— concerning us that our faith will grow and be stable. That same Word then becomes all the evidence we need until the manifestation comes.
I challenge you to take the Lord at His Word. Since the Bible is God’s Word to you, choose to believe Him. When you do, amazing things will begin to happen in your life.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Four Steps to a Positive Attitude with Faith

It is not what happens to you that counts. It is how you react to what happens to you, especially when you have unexpected problems of any kind. In this message, you learn powerful strategies you can use to keep yourself thinking and acting positively and creatively. Here are four things you can do to assure that your attitude is the very best it can be, under all circumstances. 

Focus On The Future
First, whatever challenges you face, focus on the future rather than on the past. Instead of worrying about who did what and who is to blame, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do. Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action you can to begin moving in that direction. Get your mind, your thoughts, and your mental images on the future. 

Focus On The Solution
Second, whenever you’re faced with a difficulty, focus on the solution rather than on the problem. Think and talk about the ideal solution to the obstacle or setback, rather than wasting time rehashing and reflecting on the problem. Solutions are inherently positive, whereas problems are inherently negative. The instant that you begin thinking in terms of solutions, you become a positive and constructive human being. 

Look For The Good
Third, assume that something good is hidden within each difficulty or challenge. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a major proponent of positive thinking, once said, “Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it up in a problem.” The bigger the gift you have coming, the bigger the problem you will receive. But the wonderful thing is that if you look for the gift, you will always find it. 

Look For The Valuable Lesson
Fourth, assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to ultimately be successful. This situation has been sent to you to help you learn something, to help you become better, to help you expand and grow. 

Do What Successful People Do
A Positive Mental Attitude and faith is indispensable to your success. You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the future, focus on the solution and look for the good. If you do what other successful people do, if you use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you will reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people. 

First, become solution-oriented with every difficulty you face. Make a habit of looking for the answers to your questions, the solutions to your problems. 

Second, seek for the valuable lesson in every adversity. Make a list of every idea or insight you can gain from every setback or difficulty. 

Third, think on paper. Take some time to write out every detail of the problem, and then take the most logical next step to solve it.

Have a wonderful week and as always: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)