Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thank God for Believers

Thank God for Believers
By: Katie Rogers

It seems country songs usually inspire me to write a sermon. Today’s song is “Thank God for Believers” by Mark Chesnutt. Some phrases from his song that kept tugging at my heart are “She says "don’t give up the fight. Before long you’ll get it right" I pray to God someday I’ll feel the same. I don’t know why she even hangs around After all the hell I’ve put her through
And the times I’ve let her down She has more faith in me than I have ever found Heaven knows how much I need her. Thank God for believers.
I have forever (well the last fifteen years or so) believed mentors were key to my success in serving Christ. My mentors (all Christian women) are believers and have taught me how to find Christ more and more.
I remember back over the last fifteen years and realize I haven’t always been perfect, I haven’t always been the woman God created me to be. Yet my mentors prayed, encouraged and believed I would get back on track. A few years ago I went on a two year hiatus and without my believing mentors I wouldn’t have come back to God. They prayed, they encouraged and they didn’t preach at me. These women had faith to believe I would come back to the Lord.
I look at Luke 5: 17 Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. 19 And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. 20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.

The paralytic's friends realized that he couldn't go through this time alone; they decided they were taking him to Jesus (which was an effort in itself, considering they had to carry him. And we don't know how far, or the physical and mental strength that would have taken) Once they get the paralytic to the house it's packed, but did they give up because more trials, more obstacles came? NO! They continued to believe, continued to find another way to have faith for their friend. So they take him to the roof, they work to open the roof and then let the guy down into the house.
These friends stopped at nothing to make sure the paralytic was seen, heard and healed by Jesus.
Who in your life has faith and Moves Mountains for you, even when you are unsure?
I encourage you to find those who can help encourage and believe in you. But even more than that we need to be the believer who can be the believer for others!