Conviction

“Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”

– Thomas Carlyle

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True Faith

True faith is not the belief that because God runs the world, everything will turn out the way we would like it to. True faith is the belief that because God runs the world, however things turn out is an expression of His love for us and is for our ultimate good.

– Sarah Rigler

Eye See Faith: What the Locust Didn’t Eat

The following is one of the most recent articles from Missionary Lambeth. Enjoy…

Most Brazilians are very religious. Few, if any, have difficulties believing in a miracle. And that is the very thing that makes Brazil such an exciting place to work for the Lord: you often see the impossible in action! Among many other cultural differences, there is a small detail that stands out significantly to me—many Brazilians have a “habit” of bringing pictures of their loved ones to be “prayed over.” That loved one may be sick unto death at their home far away, but the family intercessor will bring the photograph along to help the one who is praying get a grip on the need.

Interestingly enough, they do not bring pictures of the loved one in their “fallen” state. No, the photos always reflect the original, previous, much-improved state—before the disaster, before the cancer, before the pain. In reality, the pictures reflect the size of the faith that the intercessor has for the needy loved one or friend. Their faith is big enough to believe that God can restore them to the original state!

What the Locust Ate
Stepping aside, briefly—how big is your faith? Can God, in your eyes, restore what the locust ate? Or is your eye dimmed into grim forgetfulness of what the original state looked like? If we have become so blinded that our own minds blank out what the original looked like, how can we believe enough to see through the eyes of faith up to the creative (i.e. brand new) work that God wants to do in our lives. Not only does God want to restore to the original state, He wants to improve what centuries of sin have done to our generation.

As a missionary on the cutting edge of miracles, I am fascinated with the story of the blind man that got “spit” stuck in his eyes. After the first part of the miracle, he saw “men as trees, walking.” What a tremendous miracle for a man that was blind; at least now he would never again fall blindly into unseen holes. It was an Eye See (I see) moment. However, the second part of the miracle was an improvement on the first miracle! He saw “every man clearly” (Mark 8:23-25).

What’s in Your Picture?
We must break out of our faithless world. We ought to at least have enough faith to go back to the original piquancy that existed before our present necessity, to go back to the original Eye See faith. That is the bare minimum faith level for these days that we live in. We must at least be able to believe in restoration of what the locust ate (Joel 2:25).

Yet for the truly bold, there is another level of faith, one beyond Eye See faith. It’s the faith that makes spiritual heroes out of ordinary men. It is that special faith you read about in Hebrews 11. Each of those extraordinary men looked beyond the Eye See (i.e. what their eyes actually saw); they saw beyond! In reality, they ventured into a progression of faith. Perhaps that is our problem: we stop at a low level of faith and cannot seem to reach up, beyond Eye See.

“. . . having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them . . . for they . . . declare plainly that they seek a country . . . if they had been mindful from whence they came out (i.e. Eye See), they might have had opportunity to have returned (the original state) . . . but now they desire a better country, that is heavenly (i.e. seeing through God’s eyes) . . .” (Hebrews 11:13-16)

We all must learn new lessons of faith. We need to look up and beyond this limited world where we live in order to see creative faith in action, pulling the Apostolic Church above Eye See faith into the realm of a heavenly!

I want to see beyond Eye See!

TRUTH is NOT a Zookeeper!

Wow… I have been reading a great new book (no, I can’t share the title just yet… LOL) and it has some really great things in it that I can’t wait to share with the congregation at MPC. We briefly touched on it a few weeks ago when we talked about people who come in from the world and they have been the life of every social setting and party they attended, yet in the church, they shrink down and become a wall flower.

God didn’t come to cage us up, he came to set us free. Truth is not a ‘zoo keeper’! Truth is the activist that breaks into the caged area and begins to unlock doors that keep people shut in, not the other way around.

The difference in seeing an animal in the wild vs. behind the fence of a zoo should be the same contrast seen in a child of God who has been set free from the ‘cage’ of sin.

There are cages that we put ourselves in sometimes, even while serving Jesus. Those are what we may be discussing in the next several weeks. Could be interesting…

In the meantime, let’s take some keys of Truth and show the captive, “This is How it Feels to be Free!”

Saturday & Sunday, Reaching for Revival ’09

Another year of Reaching for Revival has both come and gone, but the messages and the memories of the incredible moves of the Holy Ghost and anointed preaching and worship will remain with us for years.

May we never forget the teaching of Saturday Night about “The Restorer”, preached from the book of Ruth! The effect of our worship on our world can NEVER be UNDERESTIMATED!

And today, “How Will It End for You?” took us to a whole new dimension as we were challenged to decide our response to both the end of time, and perhaps, even the end of our individual trials. The end brings out the best in some, and the worst in others. We must decide, which will it be for you?

Thank you to our visitors for coming to worship with us. Thank you Bro. Bass for being sensitive in the Holy Ghost and preaching to us the divinely inspired word of God. Also, thank you for your friendship to this church down through the years.

Please Pray for the Lambeth’s

The following is an email sent out by Bro. Lambeth this morning regarding the passing of his mom, Missionary Louise Lambeth.

Dear Friends and missionary partners:

This morning at 08:30 AM, Brazilian time, Missionary Emerita Wanda Louise Lambeth passed on to her eternal reward after 51 years of pioneer missionary service on the foreign fields of Brazil and Uruguay.

Suffice to say she will be sorely missed, especially her prayers and soulwinning determination as she bravely marched into uncharted waters to plant churches across this vast mission field.

In the name of the whole Lambeth family I write to express our appreciation of the supportive love and prayers offered to us during her degenerative illness.

While we feel very lonely today, we are also so proud and happy: our matriarch Lady adds one more name to the list of Lambeths that now grace the Streets of Gold.

Rev. John Bradley Lambeth

Missionary Wanda Louis Lambeth
Missionary Wanda Louis Lambeth

Bro. Lambeth’s Website

Just a note to direct your attention to Bro. Lambeth’s website, www.jblambeth.com. His heartbeat for the country of Brazil is unmistakeable and there is a lot of interesting stories and presentations there for your perusal. Also, you will be reminded of the desperate need that missionaries have for our prayers on a daily basis.

I will be placing a permanent link here on the blog. Visit often to receive his blog and newsletter updates.

Friday Evening, Reaching for Revival ’09

WOW! What can be said except “God was in the House”?

There was a wonderful spirit of praise in the sanctuary and we were pleased to see a good number of visitors who came to enjoy the touch of the Holy Ghost and the ministry of Bro. Bass. They were not disappointed on either account!

Bro. Bass preached a wonderful message about “The Lion and the Lamb” from Revelation 5. As he worked his way through the first several chapters of Revelation, he inspired us to look beyond our current situation and to see the solution. So much of what happens to us is purely a matter of perspective. I could, of course, go on and on, but instead… you can just pick up the CD!

We are anticipating another great service tonight! If you’re around… we’d love to have you drop in for a visit! God Bless!

No Indispensable Man

Sometime when you’re feeling important
Some morn when your ego’s in bloom
Some day when you feel for certain
You’re the best qualified in the room

Take a bucket and fill it with water
Plunge your arm in up to the wrist
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining
Is the measure of how you’ll be missed

You can splash all you want when you enter
You can stir up the water galore
But stop – Take a look – And in no time
All will look just the same as before

The moral of this quaint example
Is just do the best that you can
Be proud of yourself but remember
THERE IS NO INDISPENSABLE MAN!

– Unknown

There can be no Substitutes!

1 John 5:21 – “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.”

In reading today, I came across this very familiar, yet enlightening, scripture when I cross-referenced it in the Amplified Bible. It elaborates on the idea addressed here by saying: Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)–[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life].

Wow! In other words, he is not just speaking about the idols of gold, silver and wood that pagans worshipped. Instead, he was urging them to eliminate everything unnecessary in their lives in order to put first things first.

It is imperative that we prevent any substitute from becoming first place in our life. WE must fill our lives with the true, living God, not a phony substitute.

You can tell always tell what is important to you simply by examining how you spend your time. If we are spending so much time trying to make money that we don’t spend any quality time with God, then wealth is more important to us than God. Likewise, if we are always spending time with friends and don’t have any time to spend with God, then, obviously, our social life is more important to us than God is.

How we use our time is so important, because we can either invest it or waste it. On the one hand, if we waste our time, we never get it back. On the other hand, if we invest our time into forming a deep, close, personal relationship with God, then we will reap the benefits of that for eternity.

Let’s determine to put God first in life: spend significant, quality, personal time with Him… and let’s do it today!