Preacher's Corner: Faith in the third degree

Questions often flood our minds as we matriculate through the corridors of our lives trying to get from place to place. The unknown has a way of keeping us in suspense about many things, especially the things concerning God.
Aug 29, 2014
Belita McMurry-Fite

Questions often flood our minds as we matriculate through the corridors of our lives trying to get from place to place. The unknown has a way of keeping us in suspense about many things, especially the things concerning God. 

This suspense has caused some people to lose faith, while other’s faith increases. Does God really exist? Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Does God really care about me? How am I going to survive or pay my bills?  

These are real questions asked on a daily basis around the world by so many. We should not lose heart or worry concerning these mind-boggling questions, because God has assured us that He’s always with us. 

Philippians 4:19 assures us God shall supply all our need according to his riches in Glory in Christ Jesus. We can depend on God for everything.  

A confidence in God helps us to exercise faith in the third degree. A display of our faith in God will help us all to strive to higher heights spiritually and economically. Our destiny depends on it.  

Breaking away from doubt will bring greater and better results in every aspect of our lives. Staying positive in negative situations will bless us beyond measure. 

Throughout the Bible, God has proven Himself faithful to take care of His people through the hardest of times, and it’s produced faith in the third degree.  

To the mother and father who still have a why in their spirit concerning a rebellious child, to the homeless who has no place to lay their head at night, to the teenager who’s dealing with adult like issues, and to the sinner who wonders if there’s any hope of being saved, embrace the fact that God really cares and He’s concerned about your very being.  

Put your faith in third degree, and you’ll see just how much. Jesus put his faith in the third degree when he decided to die for the sins of the whole world. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

He had faith to believe that we would turn from sin and turn to God.  Wow, that’s some kind of faith.  

With that kind of example, we can all exemplify faith in the third degree.

Bishop Belita McMurry-Fite is senior pastor at Heaven’s View Baptist Church in Lebanon. Preacher’s Corner features a new local preacher writing a column each month. In September, Preacher’s Corner will feature Mike Ripski, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Lebanon. 

 

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