CHALLENGE: “Is your FAITH Dead or Alive?”

Daily Spirit & Word, 595:

TEST Question: “Is Your FAITH: Dead or Alive?”

The Migrant / Asylum Seeker Crisis:

It’s NOT going to be over for a long time to come.

Good morning my friends, heart check-up time. How do you FEEL towards those in desperate need?

I read yesterday about the Archbishop of Canterbury opening up Lambeth Palace to some Migrants / Asylum Seekers. Praise the LORD!

Our TV and Newspapers graphic scenes and pictures show so many in heart-rending need, that thinking we can do anything to help overwhelms us. However, it is possible that if we ALL did just something, then ALL their needs could be met easily.

Be assured of this, their plight and their need are NOT going to go away quickly, there’s no quick fix solution, so we are ALL going to be affected by it sometime sooner or later. So why not choose to be affected today?

Listen to what the LORD said about this current crisis:

Luke 12:22-34

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
23  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
24  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
25  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
26  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27  “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.
28  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
29  And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
30  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
33  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
34  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“SELL YOUR POSSESSIONS AND GIVE TO THE POOR”

Is Jesus serious? Does He really want us to give away all our hard-earned, sweated and laboured for possessions to help these poor people?

Most of us would give out of what we have of the spare-change in our pockets, but would we really go as far as selling our prised possessions? Would you sell your big TV so that someone could have some food that would be gone if a few hours? Would you sell your digital watch? Camera? Computer? Smart Phone? Ornament? Jewellery? Garden furniture? Classic car? Designer trainers? etc etc etc…. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor”: Jesus is just checking to see if people are more important to you than things.

NOTE: If you are having to sell your possessions, then you’ve already emptied your bank balance to help them out.

Notice what happens if you are prepared to TRUST the LORD to provide for your NEEDS.

You’ll be; “Providing purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will NEVER be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”

  • Do we LOVE people we don’t even know?
  • Do we LOVE strangers enough to go empty our bank balance?
  • De we LOVE migrants and asylum seekers enough to sell our prised possessions?

What are things anyway?

What are people?

Things can be replaced: People cannot.

Things can be worked for again: people can’t.

You may never have an opportunity like this again in your lifetime.

Is Jesus calling upon you to RESPOND?

Question: Am I prepared to TRUST the LORD like this?

Prayer: “Oh Lord Jesus, I can see that there are many, countless thousands of people that need help, and I know that all the meagre possessions that I own won’t feed that many or clothe only a few, but Lord I do feel challenged today, to take You at Your WORD. So I’m going to trust You Jesus and begin to sell what I possess to give something towards the relief of those who’re suffering right now. Amen!”

Will you join me? Who is ready to follow Jesus teaching today? Is this what Jesus meant us to be doing with those in desperate need? How much can I really keep hold upon when others are suffering? Is my conscience bothering me? Do I feel the pain of their plight? How would I be feeling if I had to walk 50, 100, 200, 300, 500 miles to get some help?

The LORD will bless you if you do respond gladly and generously:

Proverbs 28:27 “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.”

Deuteronomy 15:10 “Give generously to him (the needy brother) and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”

Proverbs 19:17 “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.”

Psalm 41:1  “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.”

Every Human Being IS your “flesh-and-blood”: Your Brothers and Sisters.

Because we are all made in the Image of God: We all come from Adam and Eve: We’re FAMILY.

Isaiah 58:7 “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

Claiming to be a Follower of Jesus and not doing something to HELP means you don’t really have any FAITH in Jesus at all:

James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16  If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Question: Is your FAITH dead or alive?

If you really do trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then KNOW that He gave up everything so that you could have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10), so then, respond to this GOLDEN opportunity: Sell your possessions and GIVE, GLADLY, WILLINGLY, GENEROUSLY, FREELY to those in NEED and expect NOTHING in return. Amen! 

You’ll be blessed by the LORD: You’ll be storing up treasures in Heaven: Jesus will be with you in ALL you do.