Sunday 26th, November 2017
Pastor Bruce McDonald
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1)
According to the science of light, when photons hit the atmosphere then there is light and heat. Without atmosphere, there will be no light or heat. In the same way, church should also produce this atmosphere, where people can see the light and feel the heat, as a result, supernatural changes will happen.
Pastor Bruce encouraged us that if the atmosphere of faith is created, then people will know that God is here, and their lives will be changed. So each one of us is like a photon, we hit the atmosphere of the Spirit of God, and light and heat are created to bring more people to this atmosphere.
Pastor shared with us 2 Timothy 1:5, which says, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
Timothy was a third generation Christian, and his faith has transferred from one life to another, one generation to the next. Pastor Bruce shared with us that faith can actually be transferred from a father to a son, a person to another. In Christian families, the next generation should have something greater.
For example, Abraham as the Father of Faith, has given what he had to his son Issac. “Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar… Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold,because the Lord blessed him.” (Genesis 26:1, 12)
It was a year of difficulties, shortage, problems… but Issac didn’t look at the circumstances, instead he went out to sow seeds and got great harvest. Because his dad did the same thing. Issac believed the promise from God, the words from God after the great flood in Noah’s time, Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
Genesis 26:17-18, “So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.” It didn’t matter whether Abraham got a good land or not, as Lot seemed to have chosen the better part, he knew how to dig wells! Issac did the same thing by learning from his father.
Pastor Bruce also shared with us the story of Elisha, who called Elijah “Father”, and received double portion of Elijah’s miracles. He wanted the same spirit of faith from Elijah. The same goes for Jesus’ disciples.
Today, God can give us better things than we can ever imagined, and often it comes from the people that went on this path before us. So be bold, don’t just ask for a gift, but a spirit of faith!