Thursday, June 10, 2010

Where Is Your Faith?

              In Luke 8:22-25 quoted below, Jesus asks His disciples a very serious question, “Where Is Your Faith?”  As I ponder Christ’s question, I see another question posed by Paul in Acts 9:6  … Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?...  These two questions seem to always get me to stop and examine my Faith.  I have no doubt concerning my Salvation.  I know when I die I will be with the Lord Jesus and in the presence of God Almighty.  However, “How deep is my Faith?”  The questions remain, can I move buildings, or can I move mountains?  I know physically I cannot, however through my Faith, and in prayer, I can call on God to remove my mountains of doubt, my mountains of unfaithfulness.   
              There are questions that we can make into mountains.  Some feel that the King James Bible is out dated, and that “old” English is hard to read.  Therefore, they resort to other versions for clarification, (not as a commentary, but as a replacement.)  They have exchanged a precise language for an indistinct mauling of the English language.   They have exchanged God’s Word for a “modern definition” of God’s Word, (man’s word,) and have redefined God’s Word.       
              I have noted some are trying to reconstruct our history.  They are going back to the documenters of the history as it happened.  The King James Bible was born out of the sources, copies of copies of the books of our Bible.  There were many copies then, and there still exist copies that were transcribed over the centuries.  Our King James Bible reflects those copies.  When needed, the transcribers added words to complete a thought.  These were put in italics so we would know what they added to God’s Word.  These words in italics are a God inspired addition. 
              I believe God adds thoughts to my preaching, (not new scripture, but illustrations from the Bible or from my experiences in life)
              So, where is my Faith?  My Faith rests on God’s Word, which is the King James Authorized Bible.  It is in God’s infallible, inerrant Word, His Son, our Lord, and Saviour Jesus the Christ.  Where is your Faith?

Bro John R. E Chastain

Luke 8:22-25  Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.  (23)  But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.  (24)  And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.  (25)  And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

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