Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.   Heb 11:1


 Hollywood Faith Christian Center

      HFCC | Message from the Pastor

   When you get a new wash it often, clean the inside, make sure the oil is changed, tires rotated, windshield wiper blades are changed...everything and anything to keep our new "pride and joy" looking good.  But as it ages instead of doing maintenance more often we do it less.  Instead of polishing and keeping the car clean regularly, we do it once in a while.  And then sadly, maybe once a year.  So now the car looks old.  There are people, however, who always keep their cars clean; always get it waxed and even if its old it still looks great. We call those people fanatics...they take what God gives them and steward it well.
     Our walk with God can take on the characteristics of that car.  When we first get saved we are in church every time they open the doors, we are in prayer every day, listening to worship music all the time...we are God crazy!  But as our walk continues we start slacking off...we go to church if we are not too tired or busy, pray only when we are in trouble or in dire need, listen to worship music occasionally in between long bouts of secular music...we are not so God crazy.  Well you know moderation, we don't want to get too far out do we?  So consequently, our walk with Jesus looks old and tired like that old dirty, unwashed unreliable old car.
     As we mature in the Lord it should be that we become more reliable in Him and want to be with Him more and more.  That we learn to love His presence.  That there is no place that we would rather be than sitting and soaking in worship and having the presence of God washing over us.  We should be so sensitive to His voice that our obedience is almost legendary.  Yet sadly, too few can be put in that category.  "Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)  Will Jesus find us more faithful than ever, just waiting for Him.  Always being in expectation of His coming?
     Or will Jesus find us slumbering or sleeping? Or worse yet, what if He finds us in a fallen state?  "But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying in coming.' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers." (Luke 12:45-46) No man knows the day or the hour of the return of Jesus.  It is so easy to be lazy and live in an almost state of "no salvation."  "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling..."  (Phillipians 2:12)
     Paul is looking at the temptations around him and recognizing "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), nothing good dwells..." (Romans 7:18)  How do I stay strong when my flesh wants to revert back to the "joys of Egypt" and cause me to be asleep when my master returns?  The only way is to intensify my walk, stay closer than ever.  As I stay in close proximity of the Lord the enemy cannot come near.  Though the devil will I stay closer, I will hear the voice of the Lord better and the voice of the enemy will be only heard in the far distance.  Then should Jesus return He will find us ready, waiting and willing to follow His lead.
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