Archive for May, 2015

Have you ever felt forsaken?

I sure have. I’ve doubted God and even wondered if He really exists. I’ve become angry and cursed His name when my prayers were not answered (or more truthfully, when I didn’t like the answer). I’ve walked through many a valley and spent seasons in the spiritual desert. As far as I was concerned, God had let me down.

Wait, I hear the Christian RAP club… Hit it guys,

Yo dear brother, God can never let you down. 

Just keep on waiting and He’ll surly come around

I see miracles ahead, around the next bend

Keep believing till’ the very end

Seek the lord while he can be found

And all of your problems will soon leave town

Bravo!, Well played.

But, I’ve heard all that before.

For the record, I agree, no matter how impossible my problems seem to me, “…Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10:27b) The power of the almighty can still heal the woes of mankind today. But knowing the truth does not mean that we will never feel abandoned.

Tell me, what happens when you are sitting at lunch with someone who looks you straight in the eye, struggling to hold back tears, and they say,

“I love God. I go to church and I even tithe. I talk to the Lord regularly about the things that weigh heavy on me. In my prayers, I ask… I seek… I knock. Then I wait and wait and wait some more. In the end, God remains silent. He takes no action that I can see. Instead, the awful often happens. I am hurt and angry. I don’t understand why he chooses not do things that seem so clearly right to me. Why doesn’t God keep His word like the preacher said He would? What happened to all those exceeding great and precious promises that I read about in His book?” I’m confused and empty inside. God has forsaken me.

Religion can be the enemy of God. It’s often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building. – Bono

Clearly this is a sincere human being who is very disillusioned. From where he sits, it feels like God has left the building. And he is not alone.

  • “Why did I pray so intently for my husband’s healing… and he died?”
  • “Why did I ask God for a child for twenty years… but I never conceived?”
  • “Why didn’t the Lord help me raise the money to save my home?
  • “If God is so good, why is His world so miserable and unhappy?”

There are no easy answers to any of these questions or countless others like them. And please, spare us all those well-ordered one liners from your promise box. They may be true, but rarely helpful at moments like these.

The raw concerns of real life are painful to confront. It’s easier to suffer in silence. So, we live under the pretense that everything is going to be just fine. We keep telling ourselves, “God is going to make all this crummy stuff disappear one day soon and everything will be much better”.

What happens when “someday soon” never seems to come?

Hiding your hurt, anger, and disappointment behind facades of God-speak and perfunctory piety is poison to the soul. Your spirit slowly fills with a contagion that destroys your genuine faith in God.

If perception is your reality, then I might as well just say it; from where some of you sit right now, it sure appears that God has let you down.

But here is what I believe; it’s your expectations that have been dashed upon the rocks of disappointment. And now, it’s hard to navigate the waves of this life with a faith that has run aground.

Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. – Earl Nightingale

Unconsciously, we absorb many erroneous and unconfirmed “facts” about God in the course of a lifetime. We read books about what He (supposedly) has promised to do for us when we pray. All of the sermons, seminars and a million casual conversations have molded our interpretation of what we can expect from Him. Some of these expectations are spot-on. Some are not. The trouble begins when things don’t go the way we believe they should. We can feel deceived. And over time, our faith grows weaker.

Unfulfilled expectations are worse than low expectations.  It is okay if you sometimes feel like God has grown silent and even turned away. In reality, He has not. I know this because He so plainly promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).

But that is not how you feel right now.

Listen, take a deep breath. Cry if it helps. Curse out loud if it will make you feel better. But please, do me this favor, listen carefully as I reiterate some important spiritual realities.

  • Prayer isn’t a mystical process for getting things to go your way.
  • Prayer isn’t a guarantee of satisfaction.
  • Pain and struggle cannot be removed with simple requests.
  • As a rule, God doesn’t wave supernatural wands and instantly change things.
  • God exists outside of our time dimension and, because we are chained to the ticking of the clock, He will often seem to move agonizingly slow.
  • Life isn’t fair and you cannot change that.
My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am. – Brennan Manning

It brings me great comfort to know that the Liberator of mankind had human feelings too. The creator of all things (GOD) took human form and appeared on earth as the Nazarene. Jesus became one with the damned so that we could be free from the damnation. Human hatred toward the message Jesus came to deliver turned to false accusation and indefensible murder. As Jesus hung on the executioners cross, our brokenness reached deep within His spirit. Creation was now within the dying heart of her creator. Gasping out his final human breaths the Savior cries,

“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46)

The creator of all things (GOD) forsook Jesus as he died a criminal’s death. Elohim – the Creator and Judge of the universe – turned away as Jesus experienced our hell, and felt the wrath of the Almighty toward this lost and doomed world. For a few horrific moments, He experienced a total disconnect from the source of true life so that we would no longer have to live in that state of separation.

And then, placing His spirit into the hands of the Father, the physical Jesus died. In that solemn, sacred, blessed moment, every struggle, every valley, every circumstance of human existence was corrected and justified.

Welcome to the ragamuffins. We are the waifs and strays who follow that marvelous incarnate man from heaven who once visited this planet by way of the Galilee. Daily we struggle to “work out the salvation that God has given us with a proper sense of awe and responsibility” (Philippians 2:12). As one among us, it will always be safe for you to share your individual fears, disappointments and pressing concerns. We will laugh and cry with you as we patiently await His return. And I promise you, one day all will be understood.

Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is an author, broadcaster, and a popular Bible teacher.
© 2015 by Joseph A Cerreta, all rights reserved.
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi (born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India) was an activist and religious contemplative. He began his involvement in social activism in the early 1900’s as an Indian immigrant in South Africa. In the years following World War I, he went on to become the primary leader of India’s struggle to gain liberation from Great Britain. Gandhi is perhaps best remembered as the father of nonviolent passive resistance. Employing peaceful civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.

Mahatma (which means “great soul”) was a Hindu. He greatly admired some of the teachings of Jesus. In fact, some historical narratives affirm that the Sermon on the Mount shaped his whole philosophy of life. But Gandhi was not a Christian. A true follower of the Christ is much more than someone who simply regards Jesus as a “great teacher” or a “wise prophet”.

Some writers tell of a missionary named E. Stanley Jones who asked Mr. Gandhi why he so often quoted the words of Jesus and yet appeared to so adamantly reject becoming his follower. Gandhi allegedly replied, “Oh, I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It is just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ”.

Really. You claim to love Jesus but you do not follow Him because Christians are so unlike Him? (Where have I heard that before?)       

Honestly, missionary Jones messed up. He should have seized that moment and said,

Mr. Gandhi, I agree with you. Christians are often a mess. Many are hypocrites. Sometimes they even act like the devil. But sir, no one has asked you to follow the Christians. My question to you again is, why are you not a follower of Jesus?

The great commission does not say go into all the world and make Christians out of everybody? Listen to what Jesus actually said,

19”Go and make followers of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 New Life Version)

Followers? That’s what it says. Of whom? JESUS, of course. Certainly not you or the brand name of the church you attend. Not the newest Christian movement of the month either. Our commission is to help others become followers of JESUS and teach them to obey His words and imitate His life.

The Gospel (which simply means GOOD NEWS) is all about Jesus. He is the liberator of mankind and the source of true wisdom, knowledge and understanding of human life on earth.

The Gospel message is flawless. It declares the love and grace of the creator of all things (God) toward a doomed world. Christianity is not flawless. Christianity is simply the imperfect human interpretation (response to) and inconsistent expression of the Gospel message. Only Jesus is perfect and He is the perfector of mankind. Christianity (the Church) at best, is an imperfect work in progress.

“The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones”. ― Henry Ward Beecher

The New Testament writer, Paul, said:

“For consider, what have the philosopher, the writer and the critic of this world to show for all their wisdom? Has not God made the wisdom of this world look foolish? For it was after the world in its wisdom failed to know God, that he in his wisdom chose to save all who would believe by the “simple-mindedness” of the Gospel message. For the Jews ask for miraculous proofs and the Greeks an intellectual panacea, but all we preach is Christ crucified—a stumbling block to the Jews and sheer nonsense to the Gentiles, but for those who are called, whether Jews or Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. And this is really only natural, for God’s “foolishness” is wiser than men, and his “weakness” is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:20-25 – PHILLIPS)

Paul was fully aware that the arrogance of Greek philosophy would likely dismiss the message of the Gospel as “foolishness.” It would be out of step with their cerebral conjectures. But he was also convinced that the Good News contained the one philosophy that fulfills every human need. The Gospel message presents the finished work of Jesus (the Christ) in an easily understood format to a lost world. Jesus represents the perfect man even as he is the very manifestation of the incarnate God visiting this planet. So, whether to the Greek (non-Jews), or to the Jew, Paul was not ashamed to preach the Gospel message.

I find no shame in sharing the wonderful Good News of Jesus with anyone who would care to listen. But please make no mistake, as a Christian, I am not asking you to follow me nor am I asking you to attend my church or “get religion”. I am asking you to hear what Jesus had to say and follow Him.

16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel. I see it as the very power of God working for the salvation of everyone who believes it, both Jew and Greek. I see in it God’s plan for imparting righteousness to men, a process begun and continued by their faith. For, as the scripture says: ‘the just shall live by faith’.” (Romans 1:16-17 – PHILLIPS)

We are lost and depraved people stranded on a doomed planet in need of enlightenment and liberation. The remedy for our dilemma is made known in the gospel; a gracious method of redemption through the liberator Jesus who restores us to a position of favor with the creator of all things (God). Faith (trust) is the catalyst, both at the inception and through the progression of the Christian life. By faith (trust) we secure our liberation, and by faith (trust) we gain the victory over unbelief. “The just shall live by faith.” A life of faith is a life of trust and obedience.

“To have Faith in Christ means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him.” ― C.S. Lewis

Gandhi may have had one point worth a moment’s ponderance; if the word Christian means follower of Christ, is it so unreasonable that our contemporary world balks at Churches filled with people who seldom practice what they preach? The Scripture urges all Christians to “Be doers of the Word and not just mere hearers lest you deceive yourselves” (James 1:22). It is not enough to just say “I am a Christian”. Our way of life should reflect the Jesus we claim to follow.

Just because someone carries a Bible and even sounds religious doesn’t mean that they are a true follower of Jesus. Head this warning,

15-20 “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned”. (Matthew 7:15-20 – The Message)

A Christian is one whose life is built on the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament writers. But remember, Christians are not faultless – far from it. That is why you should not judge the validity of the Jesus message by the level of application found in his disciples. A true Christian is someone who has found rest for their soul in the liberator Jesus and who attempts to live the life that Jesus modeled when he visited earth.

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” ― Brennan Manning

Christian – the world is watching you. People are reading the “Book of You” every day. What message are they receiving? Hmmmmm?

Enough said….

Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is an author, broadcaster, and a popular Bible teacher.
© 2015 by Joseph A Cerreta, all rights reserved.
Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul. – Johann Sebastian Bach

I met Bob Dylan in the late 1970’s. I was a fledgling Rock & Roll DJ spinning the wax on a progressive rock station in the North East. Mr. Dylan was in town for a concert and he granted me an interview. Truthfully, we have little to nothing in common philosophically, but the man sure can write a song. He is a master wordsmith. Confession time: I like a few of his songs. Bless me Father…

I am almost a closet Parrot Head too. No, I do not practice nor condone the Bohemian lifestyle of the Buffett brand, but I sure enjoy some of Jimmy’s light hearted music. I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting him, but I hope I do some day. Like Jesus, I can love people without accepting everything they do or say. We are all sinners. It’s hard to be a beacon of truth in the sea of human darkness when you spend all of your time speaking to the choir.

The God we serve does not seek out the perfect, but instead uses our imperfections and our shortcomings for his greater good. I am humbled by my own limitations. But where I am weak, He is strong. – Rick Perry

Bob Dylan wrote a song entitled, Gotta Serve Somebody. It’s lengthy (as are most Dylan tunes). The song is a listing of various passions and professions. But it’s the repetitive chorus that drives home this one salient point – no matter who you are or what you do – you will serve somebody.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody
”** – Bob Dylan

Right on Bob. Truth that. It may be the spirit of darkness (the devil) or the Father of all spirits (the Lord), But you’re gonna have to serve somebody. On that point, Mr. Dylan and I agree.

I am reminded of a verse of scripture recorded in the older testament book of Joshua,

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

The people of Joshua’s day had a problem with idolatry. They set their affections on the wrong things. The influences of foreign cultures, and the overwhelming distractions of their everyday life was blinding many of them to the truth. So Joshua drew a line in the sand. He was not indifferent as to whether they chose to follow God or not, just resolved to do so himself no matter what the people decided.

Thus they have an idol that they petition for victory in war; another for success in their labors; and so for everything in which they seek or desire prosperity, they have their idols, which they honor and serve. – Hernan Cortes

Throughout human history, men & women of faith have often been compelled to swim against the currents of the moment. In the ebb and flow of time nations lose their way. Most do not survive the torrent of degeneracies that lead to eventual ruin.

We had no choice as to when we were born into this world. We can wallow away our days in laments for the good times past or decry the direction that the future tide is flowing, but in the process, we’ll squander the opportunities of the present.

Why not be like Micah. He was an 8th-century B.C. prophet from the village of Moresheth in ancient Judah. His writings are contained in the Book of Micah, the sixth of the twelve books collectively called the Minor Prophets in the older testament. Remember, he was writing almost 2800 years ago when he said,

“All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.” (Micah 4:5)

It really doesn’t matter what people do or say. We can still do and say what is right when everyone else is living life upside-down (“in the name of their gods”). The truth has set us free.

I serve God, and my purpose is to please Him, and if God be for you, who can be against you? – Benjamin Carson

Consider Ephesus, an ancient Greek city located on the coast of Ionia, roughly a mile southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey. In New Testament times the city was controlled by Rome. Some historians’ say that Ephesus was at its pinnacle of wealth and luxury from 1-4 AD.   The city was also a prominent religious center. Temples were built to numerous “false gods”. The major religious attraction, however, was the Temple of Artemis (or Diana), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Ephesus became a focal point of the early church. Eventually, a strong Christian community flourished within the City. The Apostle Paul (who at one point spent over two years teaching there), wrote a letter to the Ephesian Christians, calling them out of their lethargy and into a renewed vigor and unity. This letter would later become one of the books of the New Testament. Listen to what he told them,

15-16So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to. 18 Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by him. (Ephesians 5:15-18)

Those are words to the wise.

Though we may not necessarily forfeit our lives in service to our God, we can certainly demonstrate our love for Him by how well we serve Him. – Thomas S. Monson

We are living through a period in human history when genuine faith in the one true God is weak at best and compromise has become the modus operandi, when a sense of personal responsibility is often conspicuous by its absence and the very definition of duty is ambiguous. Cheer up, we were born for such a time as this; when the true members of the household of faith can rise up in the spirit of Joshua and take their stand boldly upon this declaration,

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Are you a sincere Christian? Then listen to me carefully. God wants you to grow up and live responsibly, particularly because you have had your spiritual blindness removed. As one who has been rescued by the liberator Jesus, you can and should know the true meaning and purpose of this life. Use your time wisely – especially in days of difficulty and stress. Study the scriptures so that your knowledge of God is not vague (imprecise or unclear). Keep a firm grip on what God wants you to do with the days he has given you here on earth. Spiritual stimulus trumps physical stimulation. Enjoy every ounce of life, but don’t overindulge. And, if you are going to be under the influence – stay drunk on God’s Spirit. It’s safe to drive home that way and you will avoid many sorrows along life’s journey.

You see, there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11) Nations come and go, cultures rise and fall, but the heart of mankind remains depraved and in need of salvage in every generation.

I serve a higher power, Jesus Christ. I make no apologies in saying that. – Rick Warren

The Liberator Jesus once stepped out from eternity into fabric of our time to rescue a lost people stranded on a doomed planet. He told of how the creator of all things (God) offers us freedom, peace and Joy. His intolerant message declaring that there was only one way to God (and that He was the way) made some people mad. They killed him. But he walked out of the grave alive 3 days later. Hundreds saw him in the weeks that followed. And then one day, he said goodbye to his closest friends and before their eyes, He left the planet. But His spirit remains here with us. When no one expects it, he plans a return. Until that day, Jesus offers liberty to all that hear his voice. Say yes to Him and you gain freedom and life – now and infinitely.

But if you are still unwilling to choose the Lord, then you’ve made your decision on whom you will serve, because…

“You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
You may be workin’ in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”**
– Bob Dylan

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is an author, broadcaster, and a popular Bible teacher.
© 2015 by Joseph A Cerreta, all rights reserved.

**Gotta Serve Somebody is Copyright © 1979 by Special Rider Music, All Rights Reserved.

We are what we believe we are.” C.S Lewis

 William James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century. He was an American philosopher, psychologist and trained physician.

Born in New York City on January 11, 1842, James was the oldest of five children. His father was a Swedenborg theologian and his brother, Henry James Jr., became a prominent fiction novelist.

A prolific author himself, William James gained widespread recognition for writing The Principles of Psychology (1890), a two volume work of over twelve hundred pages. It took more than 10 years to complete and it was considered a seminal work on the subject.  He is often called the “Father of American psychology”.

James became more interested in philosophical issues as his life progressed. He seemed to fluctuate between a scientific approach to the study of faith and the belief that religious experience encompasses the supernatural domain, making it accessible to the individual human spirit but somehow inaccessible to science.

Honestly, I resonate with very little of his philosophical leanings. But I did make note of one particular William James quote, “The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

In other words, we are what we believe!

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing is what makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Some practitioners of modern Psychology are beginning to embrace the understanding that what we believe determines who we become. This construct is nothing new, of course. In fact, there is no such thing as “new” if you believe the words of the ancient book of Ecclesiastes which says,

9-11 History merely repeats itself. Nothing is truly new; it has all been done or said before. What can you point to that is new? How do you know it didn’t exist long ages ago? We don’t remember what happened in those former times, and in the future generations no one will remember what we have done back here. (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11)

Since the book of Ecclesiastes is a part of Scripture, and I count myself among the multiplied millions who believe the Bible to contain the truth, I agree with what the writer said. History merely repeats itself.

Now to the point: prophets, priests and assorted writers of scripture have all pointed to this timeless truth – we are what we believe – long before it dawned on modern psychology that there just might be something to it. Consider this quote from the ancient biblical book of Proverbs:

“As a man thinks in his heart – so is he”. (Proverbs 23:7)

This providential truism was penned nearly 3 millennia ago. It affirms that our life is a manifestation of what we believe. (i.e. –REALLY believe – not random thoughts, fleeting emotional confusion or nightmares brought on by eating peperoni and anchovy pizza before going to bed).

If this is true – we are what we believe – I am in effect everything that I have consistently believed that I am. But why?

Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right” Henry Ford

The human spirit expresses itself through words. Whatever is inside of you – your core beliefs – will come out in the things you say. Our speech patterns reflect our belief patterns. In one of His great discourses, Jesus put it this way in the New Testament,

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:37).

Simply put, malevolent people speak malevolent words. Happy people speak happy words. Sad people speak sad words. Victorious people speak words of victory.

Now consider this, if you believe that you are a loser, your speech will reflect it. You will consistently reinforce through your words, I am a failure. And fail you will.

Some of you may be wondering, “are words really that important?” Yes, they are. Again, turning to the teaching of Jesus, listen carefully to what he said about inner belief and the power of your words:

“Have faith in God,” replied Jesus to them. “I tell you that if anyone should say to this hill, ‘Get up and throw yourself into the sea’, and without any doubt in his heart believes that what he says will happen, then it will happen! That is why I tell you, whatever you pray about and ask for, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Mark 11:22-25

Jesus begins by telling his followers to trust in God. He then delivers the crux of his illustrative teaching; when you speak what you believe in your heart with absolute doubtless conviction, those things that you SAY will happen. We are what we believe because we speak what we believe. Over time, what we say is what we get. Get it?

Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks”. – Davy Crockett

Inner convictions (what we believe) train our lips. Trained lips shape our lives. Quoting from the Book of Proverbs once again,

“The heart of the wise teaches his mouth”. (Proverbs 16:23)

I am what I believe because I keep speaking what I believe over and over and over again. Eventually it manifests as my life. And, of course, I act accordingly.

When your heart is right with God and you fill your spirit with the truth, your spirit will teach your lips and your words will change your world.

Now some may misunderstand my purpose in this discourse. So let me be perfectly clear; you cannot go around speaking whatever your little heart desires and expect every selfish craving to materialize. God is not a genie or your personal leprechaun. I fully believe what the Psalmist wrote,

4”Be happy in the Lord. And He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).

But I also believe in the tempering Wisdom of Solomon,

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. (Proverbs 16:3 Amp)

When my thoughts are in agreement with God’s will for my life, I will be filled with His truth and I will speak in line with His purpose. As a result, I expect my plans to succeed.

Guard Your Heart

Once we understand how important our spirit is to human development, we must learn to guard what we let into our heart. Turning one last time to the book of Proverbs, listen carefully to this admonition,

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Wow. Our spirit charts the course of life. Every word we speak with conviction – over time –molds and shapes our existence. FAITH is born in our spirit. FAITH (trust, reliance, conviction, assurance, confidence, belief), is released with every word that we speak. Faith filled words can move mountains. Not by magic. It’s not wishful thinking. It’s not a positive mental attitude. It’s THE SPIRIT OVER MATTER THRU WORDS. Or as Jesus explained it: Whosoever says… and does not doubt… but absolutely believes what he says… will have what he says.

We are what we believe we are… 14“May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is an author, broadcaster, and a popular Bible teacher.
© 2015 by Joseph A Cerreta, all rights reserved.