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Words of Faith:A Letter to the Lord for 2018 Pt. 2

Becky and Rob Granger

The Christian life is a participation sport – there are no cheap seats in “the observation deck.” It is true that if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved (see Romans 10:9-10), but God has established a principle of operation for every believer: “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4, NKJV). Faith is active.
It really is that simple. Most people don’t see the miraculous in their lives because they don’t immerse themselves in the Word of God and its culture. The Word of God produces faith. There is a powerful statement I’d like you to remember, “What you cultivate, will dominate.” Immerse yourself in the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus and you will experience the miraculous.
Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do… If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14, NKJV).
Jesus is saying, if you truly know Me as I am, the One sent from God, for Whom nothing is impossible, when I go away, you will be doing the works that I do. And by the way, whatever you ask in My name, I will do it for you. Our culture tends to be very selfish; when we have a need, we seek the provision rather than the Provider. The Bible says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV).
Daily journaling is a great way to document what God says to us and what He is doing in our lives. It is important that we remember the goodness of the Lord, so that we don’t fall away. This allows us to remain in a state of spiritual transformation. Israel often fell away from the Lord because they didn’t remember His statutes. However, “A book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord” Malachi 3:16, NKJV).
When we write a letter to a loved one, we typically do so based on our love for that individual and to leave something for the receiver to remember us by. This also provides a platform through which we may express our love and desires for that relationship. It is essential to take quiet times with the Lord, pouring out our hearts in prayer and listening to His instructions, but it is just as essential to write those things down.
“I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it” (Habakkuk 2:1-2, NKJV).
What is God doing in your life? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? I encourage you to put your faith in action; write a letter to the Lord and see what He will say to you.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit for further information.
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