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    'A Working Faith' by Pastor Vern

    July 7, 2016

    Psalm 139: 23-24                                                                                                                                                    

    Living in troubled times make each of us think about faith issues and how we process information, then walk consistently with the Lord. Sometimes it feels like our faith life is not just out of sync with, but somehow, out of touch with modern life.

     How can the world seem to be going so fast the other direction?

    We face issues like the breakdown of the family, assisted suicide, LGBTQ, addictions, government policies and economics that put us on a course we are opposed to.

    So many things that distract or weigh us down and attack or put pressure on our faith lives.

    Does our faith shape our world view or is our spiritual walk a side bar that doesn’t mix with real life?

    ‘What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us’                                   A W Tozer – The Knowledge of The Holy – pg 9

    Daily challenge is to focus more on God than the issues of the world

    A Working Faith: Adventure in the Journey

    1 Search me, O God, and know my heart’ – vrs 23

    • ·         Look intentionally into my heart
    • ·         Have full access – see all the areas
    • ·         Nothing hidden or secret – we all have areas we keep private
    • ·         Normal working/living conditions
    • ·         What am I like when no one is looking?
    • ·         Not best behaviour and refrain from or put on hold for a while

    2 Test me and know my anxious thoughts’ – vrs 23     

    • ·         Put me in situations that reveal what I really believe or act
      • o   Things I hold onto
      • o   Things I don’t confess (try to ignore/refuse to deal with)
      • o   Things I am unwilling to surrender or give up
    • ·         Reveal the things I fear or dread or act like it is my responsibility to fix
    • ·         Put me through the manufacturers testing procedure
    • ·         Goal of test period is to fix or make right in order to function correctly in all life situations
    • ·         Goal is to be rid of any offending or unproductive actions

    3 Lead me in the way everlasting’ – vrs 24    

    • ·         Tested, tried and true
    • ·         The right path for my life
    • ·         Properly functioning for the challenging journey
    • ·         Able to handle what we call ‘life – the ups and downs’
    • ·         Our focus is for everyday activity for the whole of life

     

    Application – A Working Faith: Adventure in the Journey

    • ·         Thank you that you know me – search me
    • ·         Thank you that you made me – test me
    • ·         Thank you that you are with me everywhere – lead me

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