When does our faith increase?

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John 2

11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.

 

After Jesus accomplished His first miracle, providing wine at a wedding by turning the water into wine, the disciples who had begun to follow Him began to believe in Him. Before this miracle the disciples followed because of the word of John the Baptist and the teachings of Jesus.  But when they began to see the miracles first-hand their faith increased.

We are not much different from they.  We hear about Jesus Christ; we might even hear about His miracles in someone else’s life. We like what we hear and we begin to turn our lives in His direction.  We confess Christ as Savior and Lord but do not have the maturity of faith that someone else has. For while we believe He died for us and rose from the dead to save us, we have not experienced the power of God in our lives.

But then an old temptation comes by and that which had always tripped us up we step over.  An old attitude that always brought us down we are able to avoid.  The people who always led us astray can’t pull us their way.  As we read the Bible it begins to make sense to us.  Church is something we begin to look forward to and Christians, the people we used to avoid, are suddenly attractive.

The miracle of salvation brings with it many consecutive miracles.  We might not see them at first but before long a string of miraculous changes become evident.  At some point we begin to care for the salvation of those we know and love.  We begin to pray for them and God opens up an opportunity to share Christ and they come to saving faith.  Another miracle.

We don’t need to see Jesus do something external when He is doing miraculous things within us. As with the disciples, when miracles occur, our faith increases.

 

We are getting excited about this Sunday night.  The Harvest America crusade is going to be simulcast at Grace for Life.  It starts at 5:30 and goes to almost 8:00.  The first hour and a half are mostly music and testimonies of God’s saving grace.  For members and regular attenders of Grace for Life, we need greeters, nursery workers, and ushers.  We need parking lot greeters, indoor greeters auditorium greeters.  We know people with children are coming so we are going to need nursery workers.  If you would like to serve in any of these capacities please let me know ASAP. 

Spend time praying for people to be saved.  Greg Laurie is going to give a clear presentation of the Gospel and then invite people to pray with him to trust Christ. How we long to see people saved in our church. What a thrill it will be to see God move in this we and to allow us to be a part of this great event.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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