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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #98, CT #1230
FAITH -- CONQUEROR OF YOUR JERICHO
You'll remember that as we began Part I, we talked about the adventure of
faith, and conquering your Jerichos when you become a Christian. That's what
makes it so exciting, you don't know what's going to happen next, when you walk
with the Lord. It's a day by day, moment by moment, hour by hour experience,
therefore, it is an adventure. If you knew all answers, if you knew what God
was going to do tomorrow, or the next week, or the next year, it would take out
the excitement and there'd be no anticipation of walking with the Lord in faith.
So, the first thing to anchor when you get saved, when you trust the Lord with
all your heart and life, and seek to make Him Lord of all, is that your faith is
going to be an adventure. You cannot program it, you cannot say what God's
going to do tomorrow, "I've got Him in a corner over here, and He's got to do
this." He won't do that. He'll simply take you along on an adventure like
you've never been on in all your life.
The second thing to remember is that faith is obedience, that it's trust and
obey. When God speaks something through His Word, through the Holy Spirit, that
does not contradict His Word, He calls us to obey, even though it doesn't make
sense. We are to obey God. I'm sure it didn't make sense to Naaman to go down
to that water and go down under it seven times, but the prophet said, "God said,
'Do it."' So he went down there in front of his whole army, lost his pride and
got his hide! Got new skin, you see, when he came up the seventh time. He
obeyed God, and was cured of his leprosy. That is obedience.
I'm sure ol' Peter wondered when he was out there fishing. You know, he had
fished all night long, and he'd been in his favorite place and he still hadn't
caught a thing. Jesus came alon ...
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