This is the final week of laying out the foundation of Faith Builders International, the ministry God has so graciously entrusted to Jeannie and I. We appreciate each of you taking this journey with us and we appreciate all the love and support as we look forward to the formal launch early next year. Over the last several weeks we have discussed some of the foundational principles this ministry is established on. Everything we do as a ministry is done through a place of Faith, Hope, and Love.
As we journey along life's path it is imperative to understand that beyond the current events of your life, good or bad, the fact still remains that Jesus is still the SAME yesterday, today, and forever. What does that mean, same as what? Does God change his mind about you based on your temperament or attitude? Does He love you differently when you are going through difficult times in life or when hardship manifests in various ways? Does He not love you when you mess up and sin even though you know the truth? Does God get mad at you so when you pray according to His Word that he says NO to your prayers? The answer to all these questions is an emphatic NO. However, everyone has asked these questions. It is in our human nature to ask questions when things go wrong. Perhaps you are in a season right now where you are asking these questions and you’re wondering who your anchor really is. We all have anchors in our life that keep us grounded. It is important we understand and choose the right anchor to hold us steady, versus the wrong one that will keep us drowning. In crisis events or a difficult life period it is important we choose the right path. Choosing the right path when going through challenging times will ultimately lead you into a place of faith, peace, joy, and more, but the wrong path will lead you down to a path of fear, anxiety, hopelessness, sadness, and more. In choosing the right path we must look at OUR IDENTITY.
I absolutely love teaching about faith, hope, and love, from the scriptures but I want to take you a little deeper in your understanding of WHO you are IN Christ. It is called IDENTITY. It is this understanding of IDENTITY that becomes a defining moment of the greatest change in your spiritual life. Have you ever been in a dark room and you turn on the light from your phone so you can see your next step and where to go? When you hear the GOSPEL which is Good News it becomes a light to your path and who you really are goes from dormancy to life. The revelation of God’s Word once received by faith and applied in our lives become a deliverance tool of a mindset of old thinking and takes you into a new lifestyle of who you really are. You are not who you use to be as a non-follower of Christ and you are now a new creation IN CHRIST Jesus.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
The life of who you were before CHRIST is not WHO you are WITH CHRIST right now.
“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”
- Galatians 4:6 in the (NLT)
We are His children no longer a part of the old but rather a part of the new life God intends for us to live. Love is our identity.
Next week I look forward to sharing some exciting news regarding our Join In / Team Gavin Missions opportunities for us all to engage in. It is a great opportunity for us as a ministry to serve families and children who are going through treatments for some form of pediatric cancer. Together we can make a difference one life at a time.