There were two farmers who needed rain. One farmer did nothing.  The other farmer went out and prepared his fields for rain.  Which one believed God?  Obviously, the farmer who made preparation for rain is the one who believed God.

What about you, my reader?  Are you trusting God?  We live in a day that we have no choice but to trust God.  I seems to me that you cannot hardly trust anyone around you anymore.  It is sad to say the least.

The Apostle Peter gets a lot of grief because he sank while walking on the water.  Here is the thing.  Nobody else got out of the boat.  I don’t see any of the people I hear talk down about Peter getting out of their boat and walking on the water either.  So, my counsel to you and I would be to “Put your money where your mouth is and start walking on the water yourself.”

Look at Matthew 14:28, “And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”  It is high time for Christians to take God at His Word and get out of the boat and trust Him.  We want to do it ourselves and that is not trusting God.  It is one thing to do what you can and trust Him for what you cannot.  It is a whole different thing to sit back and expect God to do it all.  He will not.  You and I have to trust Him and do what we can and let Him work and do what we cannot.

So, how are you doing?


The other day I was watching the television and some news story came on about obesity in America.  This was depressing for sure.  I realize that I am at the top of that category and it is not a position that someone should be glad to be in.  We are eating and eating ourselves to death really was the point of the story.

Then I began to think.  Christians are experiencing something similar.  Yes, we are growing in the lard; but, we are not growing in the LORD like we should.  I mean, look around you.  Churches are getting spiritually weaker as they bring out new and more programs; but, where is God’s power?  Where is God’s presence?  Sadly, they don’t even realize that He has left and they go on “business as usual”.  That is the problem.  They try to run God’s Church like a business and this does not work.  God’s work must be lived and done by faith.  Look at Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Dr. Paul Chappell in his e-mail devotion “Daily in the Word” titled “A Renewal of Faith” wrote on March 1, 2014, “The problem that we face is not primarily that our faith is too small, but rather that we do not use it enough.”  I really like this quote.  it made me think about things like, “We need a faith-lift.”  I also thought about the fact that our Christian life is getting flabby and we need to “exercise our faith” more.  This is the only way that faith is going to grow.  We must exercise our faith.  Walking by sight is much easier; but, it is no way nearly as exciting as walking by faith and watching God do miracles in your life and the lives of others.

So, how are you doing?


The Just Shall Live By Faith

I love reading the Bible!  It is so awesome.  Let’s take a look at a verse that is so full of truth that it is expounded in three different books of the Bible.

Look at Habakkuk 2:4, “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”  I am concentrating on the phrase “but the just shall live by his faith.”

Look at Romans 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”  This passage tells us who the just are.  So, when we live by faith we demonstrate the Righteousness of God.  Wow!  If you want to be more like Christ then live by faith.  This is easy to say and much harder to do.  It is possible or we would not be commanded to do it.

Look at Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  Here we see how then shall we live.  As Jonathan Falwell brought out in a sermon series, “Not I; but, Christ.”  We need to live the life of Christ.  Actually, we need to let Christ live His life through us is more accurate.  We must quit trying to do it my way and let Him have His way.

Lastly we see that we live by faith.  Look at Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  People have the wrong idea about living by faith.  They think it is some blind escapade.  It is so much more than that.  Living by faith means that we live with a confidence in God that is unshakeable.  Faith is taking God at His word.  It is not some blind venture where you hope to end at a certain destination.  Faith is knowing that when God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

So, by this one little verse we see three distinct books of the Bible.  The just, how then shall we live and by faith.

So, how are you doing?


When I was a little boy the baseball diamond across the street from our house flooded.  Mom told me in no uncertain terms not to go over there and get in the muddy water.  Within five minutes or so I was surfing on an old piece of a 2X6 board.

I suddenly heard my mother’s voice calling my whole name.  At that moment  I did not love my mother’s appearing.  I knew it was going to be painful for me.  It was.  With each swat the water sprayed like an open fire hydrant.  I deserved it, no doubt.

During the moments from the time I heard my mother’s voice until she made contact with me was only a few brief moments I am sure.  Look at Habakkuk 2:1, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.”  Nobody likes to be reproved; but, it is necessary.  If we are heading down the wrong road we need to be corrected.  I hope that you are traveling the right road.

So, how are you doing?


Here a while back I wanted to get out of an important commitment.  I sat and I thought of every possible excuse how to shake the responsibility.  It did not work.

I am amazed at the level of commitment today that is seen in people.  I include myself in this.  It concerns me and makes me sick all at the same time.  One place we can see this is in the marriage relationship.  Marriages today are nothing to people.  If someone makes it to twenty years of marriage today they seem like a star or something.  People ask, “How did you do that?”  One word, commitment.

Look at Psalm 37:5, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”  The word “Commit means roll thy way upon.  In other words we take our way or will and roll it over upon God and let His will and way become our will and way.  When we do this we can become people of character.  Don’t be a drop out when it comes to the Christian life.  God wants to use you mightily; but, you have to be available.

So, how are you doing?