This past Sunday we continued with our new series "Carols?" This entire series we are going to look at 4 specific Christmas Carols and how they apply to our lives!!! This past Sunday we looked at "O Come All Ye Faithful." You can listen to the podcast or download it at http://wyandottefamily.libsyn.com/
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On Sunday, we talked focused on the fact that Jesus doesn't just call the faithful, joyful and triumphant but Jesus' call is for all. He calls those who are weary and heave burdened. He calls those who know they are sinners. We talked about Jesus' invitation in Matthew 11:28-30 to come to Him and find rest for our souls.
What happens when we finally trust Him? What happens when we finally let go of the fear, anxiety, worry, and bitterness? What happens when we begin to develop a daily habit of spending time with Jesus through prayer and Bible reading? Does it really impact my faith? Does it really impact my day?
When we respond to Jesus' call to come to Him, what we discover is that...
#1-He helps us be more faithful
Hebrews 12:2, the Hebrew writer says—2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne
So, our faith comes from the one who authors it, it's Jesus. He gives it to us and then he goes about the work of perfecting it. It says in Romans 10:17, it says: So faith comes from hearing...But hearing what? ...hearing the word about Christ.Hearing, reading, listening to, memorizing God's word, it builds our faith. Hearing the truth of reality makes a difference. Our thoughts are constantly bombarded with lies. You can't do it. You always fail. You'll never measure up. God doesn't love you. There is no hope. The onslaught and attack from our sinful nature, from others and from the devil fill our minds. But when we pause to respond to Jesus' invitation to come to Him, and we read His words, our faith grows. Our faith becomes stronger. We become more faithful.
By developing a daily habit of spending time with Jesus, you will find yourself becoming more faithful. It is a naturally by product.
Check back tomorrow as we talk about how responding to Jesus' call to come to Him helps make us more joyful.
PS. Here is a great worship song that I pray encourage you today as you pause and respond to Jesus' call.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D079LdJJbD8 Your Promises by Elevation Worship