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A Resting Faith (4 of 6)
Series: Defining Faith
Matthew 11:28, 29
March 5, 2003
1. What is a "resting faith", one might ask? A resting faith is a faith that simply rests IN and waits ON God. While waiting, it is an undisturbed faith. It is a faith that is unaffected by turmoil and testing - it is a faith that knows "no matter what happens today, I am assured that God is in control of my circumstances." And, I'll just faithfully wait for the Lord to reveal His plan for my life.
SONG: In 1876, Jean Piggot wrote the song, "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting"
Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed!
ILLUS: When we started this church, we began our services in a local school lunchroom. Month after month we would set up and take down chairs. The Sunday evening and Wednesday services were held in our home. On several different occasions, folks would ask me, "Pastor, what are you going to do for a permanent place to meet? With the church as small as it is, how will we be able to afford anything more than what we have?"
My response? I would say, "God has a plan. When it comes time for us to move, He will have the place and the money."
One day one of our new members said, "Pastor Rodgers, I happened to notice an office for rent just down the block. You might want to check on that...and I did. We moved into our new facilities with just enough money in hand to take care of the increase in rent.
Why was I able to be so confident? Why was I so sure that God would work things out? It was because I had a "resting faith." I knew he was good for His Word - that He would supply that which w ...
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