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


   If you were to visit South Florida on a rainy day and stay only for that day, your conclusion on the weather may be that it is always rainy there.  When, in fact, the very next day may be sunny and warm, and if you arrived on that day you may be closer to accurate...but both assumptions are really not correct.  To understand and appreciate the nature of the weather here you must take into account all the weather for the whole year.  You must experience the winter with warm days and cool nights and the balmy summers and yes, even hurricane season.  But even that assessment of one year only would not be accurate, depending on the weather patterns for that year.
    Well, I think you're getting the idea.  To fully understand a thing, a place, or a person, you must get to know it, or them, and see it, or them, in action over a period of time.  A season out of your life is much the same.  You can make a snap judgment and incorrectly evaluate where a person is in Christ.  Everyone has a bad day, or maybe even a bad week, but that slice of life does not reflect the whole life.  Fortunately, Jesus is the only one who can accurately judge our lives.  He sees the whole life and knows even our secret wants and desires, and yes, He also sees our victories and weighs them against the places where we may have failed.  The grace of the cross is able to smooth out the highs and bring up the lows.
    Each one of us has areas where we fail.  Or are they really failures?  Sometimes the apparent failures produce humility, steadfastness, and repentance in us.  If our lives were filled with nothing but successes, we would never grow.  And, in fact, we would probably be so filled with pride that we would be worthless to God.  Everything that happened, we would begin to take credit for, and ultimately start to brag "how great I truly am!"  I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another..."(Isaiah 42:8)  God will not let anyone take what is His and claim it for themselves.  Even the great king Nebuchadnezzer was brought low when he said, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?"  (Daniel 4:30)  The bible says that while the words were still in the king's mouth, God struck him mad and drove him from men.  The king's "understanding" returned only after he lifted his eyes toward heaven and acknowledged God.
     So, our apparent failures may be really God interruptions in our upward growth path to Him.  Broken bones that when healed cause us to limp.  The limp reminds us, as Jacob's limp reminded him, that Jacob had wrestled with God and prevailed...but at a cost.  Every bruise to our ego, every disappointment, every small slide backward, each time we slip and fall, reminds us that we are not self-sufficient but in fact need God all the more!  He is the one who helps us up, dusts us off, and puts us back on the rails...so that we can run to where He is.  Run to Him...embrace Him, and even crawl up into His lap in the "Secret Place."  Though God may be disappointed with the failures, He continues to Love us.  His Love and Grace draw us ever closer to Him because He knows exactly who we are...and He loves us anyway!
 
                                                                            
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