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Clergy Corner The Character of a Christian

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Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:32 pm

Clergy Corner: Rev: James Gilchrist

Faith is the foundation of your walk with God. Your walk begins with his spirit drawing you to him. Your walk in faith is a commitment. As you walk in him, your faith will increase.

Romans 10:17 states: "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." The bible says that we should be a workman to show ourselves worthy. Therefore, to increase our faith and knowledge means we must hear the word and we must study the word to show ourselves approved. The more we know of god the greater your faith becomes and the more you depend upon him. II Corinthians 5:7, states: "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

As a Christian living in a chaotic world, I need God just as I need the air that I breathe. I am certain and without doubt that god will supply all my needs, (Philippians 4:19).

You must commit and dedicate your life to God. James 1:22 states: "But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." A Christian is in a lead by example role. Therefore, we are role models. Often, we hear but we are not good listeners. Often our actions do not resemble those that are Christian like. We are a reflection of Christ through the word of God.

When your actions are not of God, your desires and expectations are not met in your time of need. Often we get discouraged because in today's world everyone's looking for a quick fix. God's time is not our time, but God's always on time!

Isaiah 40:31 states: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." My God is an awesome God! My God is a worthy God! My God is all present, omnipotent; he is my rock and my high tower. My God is my Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I can count on my God to show favor and give me the strength I need to endure all things. My God teaches me to enjoy the little things in life, to reminisce and stop to smell the roses and to appreciate the little things in life even in my toughest storms.

There are nine gifts of the spirit found in I Corinthians 12:8-10. These gifts are meant for the children of God. Their purpose is to enhance and apply in your everyday walk which will increase your faith. (8) "For to one is given by the spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same spirit." (9) "To another FAITH by the same spirit; to another the gifts of healing, by the same spirit." (10) "To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of the spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues." To keep your faith activated you must first walk in the spirit, and not in the flesh. There are nine fruits of the spirit referenced in Galatians 5:22, 23. Understanding the fruits of the spirit; is the attitude with which; we should walk, and the gifts are there to empower us. (22) "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and FAITH. (23) "Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

I Corinthians 12:31 states "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." Even the laymen can seek these gifts, because he said YOU. All things are possible through Christ Jesus. This is a body ministry. In both the gifts and fruits of the spirit, you will find faith because faith activates your walk with God. To walk in God and, see these things happen in a Christian life; faith must take place. In Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." We must diligently seek the will of God.

God has hand crafted each of us and designed us like no other. Our imperfections are God's perfections and what make us unique and special. We are the apple of God's eye. In Psalms 139:14, God says that "we are fearfully and wonderfully made; and that my soul knoweth right well." God has given us the will to choose right from wrong.

Our doors are open to you at Victory Tabernacle. You are cordially invited to join us on Sunday's at 11:00 am for Worship service. Sunday school begins at 9:45am. Evangelistic service begins at 6:00 pm. Wednesday night worship begins at 7:00 pm. We are located at the North East corner of Lindsay and Mesquite, between Elliot and Warner Rd. in Gilbert, AZ.

Rev: James Gilchrist

Pastors: Rev: E.J. & Shirley Elliott

For directions or more information please call (480) 892-4011



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