“History revolves around a committed few. As a result of their lives, whole civilizations changed.” Unknown.
Paul Revere comes to mind when I read this quote. He started out as a humble silversmith in Boston who occasionally had disagreements with his father about religion. As a young “upstart” he was very politically active. It was a tough time to be living, where one out of eight children, in his case, out-lived him. Three died very young. After two marriages and similar odds in both, Paul Revere must’ve been held together with courage, boot lacquer and gun powder. He knew that being a part of the militia uprising against the British was risky. It could cost him his life and livelihood. Everywhere he went in Boston’s high society a sprinkling of British loyalists pushed on him to stop the absurd uprising. But if not for Paul’s courage to cross the heavily guarded Charleston river then ride by horseback in the middle of the night and warn our ancestors, the British might have squashed the Regulars and captured their leader. Paul did not shout, the British are coming, on that ride as many believed. Secrecy was imperative due to all the British loyalists living in those towns. He shouted instead, “The Regulars are coming out.” This alerted the country side and saved the rebellion.
It is obvious Paul Revere had a personal commitment, but personal commitment is never an option.
The other day I listened to some accounts of religious persecution going on right here in this country. People who believe like I do were being “examined” for teaching the accuracy and positive results from the Word of God. We were being put-down by leaders of other religions. Yes other religious leaders were biting, carving and tearing apart credibility of men and women like me and you. People bringing hope and truth through positive believing and love. They argue that God tests us and that is our lot in life. They believe He wants us to prove our character and strength of will to Him. My friends, I disagree personally and through the written Word. The same written Word they tout. Well, if it is written, it is written.
It doesn’t take a huge number of people to make things happen; it takes a few knowledgable and committed ones.
So what do you need to know?
One thing is, there is never a place in the Bible addressed TO you and me, (the seven church epistles are all addressed to our day and time. Romans-Thessalonians) where we are supposed to be emaciated, victimized and impoverished. It can not be read! It is exactly the opposite. God bends over backwards to tell us we are more than conquerors, that He shall supply all our needs, that if we believe we shall receive.
The Apostle Paul cried it from his many midnight writings that we are God’s masterpieces and that God always causes us to triumph! Paul demonstrated this with the Power of God and faith not by man’s opinions.
“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
Our faith must stand in Spirit and power as well. How many of us get talked out of our believing that simple verse. We must become a demonstration of Spirit and power. We must make a personal commitment to it. True commitment means involvement. If this is something worth it, you must work for it. Just as Paul Revere was willing to sell out for a cause, so must we, despite the criticism or threat of defying political correctness. We must stand and fight the negatives that would try to convince you of failure and defeat. Eternity is a long time! Earn your rewards today by standing on truth.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” vs. 9
In the case of these religious leaders, they are similar to the leaders of the Apostle Paul’s time when he wrote this statement, (which was also a repeated theme in the books of Ecclesiastes, Daniel, and Matthew)
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet [are] swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery [are] in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:12-18
It is not men’s wisdom, but faith that will help us stand.
“vs. 22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:…27 Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of FAITH.” Romans 3:22-24, 27
Faith comes from first trust and then from confidence built over time. It is impossible to build either when you believe that at any time the hammer of “God’s testing” will come down and clobber you. It is IMPOSSIBLE! Try it with a child. Do they respond with confidence when ruled by fear? Or do they grow under the nurture and love of a willing and positive authority? You tell me.
Faith is an impossibility without commitment and commitment without involvement.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe (have faith), all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23
What is the power of commitment?
“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27
God bless you today!