If we really believed that God meant what He said – what should we be like! Dare I really let God be to me all that He says He will be?  —Oswald Chambers

There is a strong connection between the words believe and faith. They both come from the same root word in the Hebrew.

Faith (pistis) is a noun, something you have:

  • a firm persuasion
  • assurance
  • certain conviction
  • Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1

Believe (pistueo) is a verb, something you do, based upon that faith:

  • to trust in and fully rely upon
  • to accept as genuine and true
  • to be firmly convinced about
  • For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. —2 Timothy 1:12

True faith in God should lead to our believing in what He has done for us.

Some people will think: If I really could believe!  

but the point truly is: if I really will believe.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,
but whoever does not believe stands condemned already
because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world,
but people loved darkness instead of light
because their deeds were evil.
Everyone who does evil hates the light,
and will not come into the light
for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done
has been done in the sight of God.
—John 3:16-21

Jesus places much emphasis on the sin of unbelief:

 He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue,
so that they were astonished, and said,
“Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?
 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary,
and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
“And His sisters, are they not all with us?
Where then did this man get all these things?”
And they took offense at Him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor
except in his hometown and in his own household.”
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
—Matthew 13:54-58

“This is a tremendous revelation. Note what it was that limited the power of God when He was here. It was unbelief! “He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. He did very few miracles there. My friend, the great problem with you and me is that we do not have faith to believe—and I’m talking about faith for the salvation of men and women. We need the kind of faith that believes Christ can save the lost. He is limited today in your own community, in your church, in your family, and in your own life by unbelief. And this is certainly true of me also. Our Lord states a great truth here. Let’s not bypass it.” (1)

Beloved, read that last verse again:

And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
—Matthew 13:58 

It should not surprise any of us that Jesus places so much importance on the sin of unbelief.

If you have any questions on how to be saved—in other words, in how to completely trust in Jesus—please read my A…B…C… page. And you are always welcome to email me at faithlhj777 at gmail dot com. 


(1) Copyright © 1983. J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee. Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee


Treasure Tuesday

Anna’s God Box

The other day I was searching for my box of checks. We do our bill paying online so we rarely write checks and I just couldn’t remember where I keep the unused checks.

While looking through every drawer and basket I could think of, I came across something even better, a treasure: my God Box.

Several years ago I came across the idea of writing down my prayer requests on separate pieces of note paper, one page for each person in my life. Then I folded those notes and placed them in this box. And promptly forgot about the whole thing.

So when I found the box yesterday, I could not remember what it was or why I had labeled it Anna’s “God Box.” Until I looked inside and found about a dozen tightly folded notes.

As I read each one in turn, I alternated between sadness and joy. Some of my written prayers had not come to pass, but several of them had turned out as wonderful as I had wanted. This led me to do some serious thinking. If  these prayers were not answered in the exact way I had prayed for them, did that mean God was not listening?

I’m thinking… no.

What it may mean is that God knows what is best for us and we don’t. A different answer to our prayers may simply mean that our solution is not God’s design for that situation. If He is truly our All in All, then what He allows in our lives must be the absolute best for us, whether we believe that at the time or not.

I guess it’s a matter of faith rather than feelings. Oh, can I ever get caught up in feelings! But if I  believe that God loves me so much that He wants only the best for me, then I have to let go of my uncertain feelings and trust that He will make everything right … in His timing. And that’s good enough for me.

Oh, and the saying on the top of my God Box?

“This is the day

the Lord hath made

Let us rejoice

And be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

Rejoicing with you for this Lord-made day,

Why Go to Church

I read this in an email today and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can’t remember a single one of them. So I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor.

It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: “I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

When you are DOWN to nothing . . . God is UP to something!

Faith sees the invisible, Believes the incredible and Receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!

– Unknown Contributed by Carole Embry


But those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

–Isaiah 40:31

In a remote Swiss village stood a beautiful church. The church was not only beautiful to look at, with its high pillars and magnificent stained glass windows, but it had the most incredible pipe organ in the entire region.  People would come from miles away—even from far-off lands—to hear the lovely tones of this organ.

One day a problem arose. The columns were still there, the windows still dazzled with the sunlight, but an eerie silence enveloped the valley. The area no longer echoed with the glorious fine-tuned music of the pipe organ.

Musicians and experts from around the world tried to repair the instrument.  Every time a new person would try to fix it the villagers were subjected to sounds of disharmony, awful noises that seemed to pollute the air.

One day an old man appeared at the church door.  He spoke with the sexton, and after a time the sexton reluctantly agreed to let the old man try his hand at repairing the organ. For two days the old man worked in almost total silence.  The sexton was getting a bit nervous.

Then on the third day, at precisely high noon, the valley once again was filled with glorious music.  Farmers dropped their plows, merchants closed their shops, everyone in town stopped what they were doing and headed for the Cathedral.  Even the bushes and trees of the mountain top seemed to respond as the glorious music echoed from ridge to ridge.

After the old man finished playing, a brave soul  asked how he could have restored the magnificent instrument when the world’s experts could not.  The old man merely said, “It was I who built this organ fifty years ago.  I created it—and now I have restored it.”

God created you, and He knows exactly what you need  to live your life to the fullest.  As your Creator, He can restore you at the end of a draining day—so you can play beautifully music tomorrow.”

–From Sunset With God (Quiet Moments With God) by Honor Books



Have you heard about a different kind of ABC’s? They are so easy to remember:

ADMIT that you are a sinner.

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. —Romans 3:22-24

BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for you.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16

CONFESS that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of your life.

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” –Romans 10:9


Beloved, in case you have never asked Jesus into your heart to be your personal Savior and Lord, please visit my A…B…C page to read more about how easy it is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Or, write to me at faithlhj777 at gmail dot com. I would love to answer any questions you have and help you in your Christian walk. 

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A Sweet Privilege

This morning I enjoyed the sweet privilege and blessing of seeing my son get baptized. Alan’s journey to this point in his life has not been without considerable inner turmoil, but how many things truly worth doing are ever easily won?

As I sopped up my inevitable and joyful tears–my husband Rick refers to this as eye leakage–I couldn’t stop praising God over and over again not only for answering many years of prayers but also for allowing me the opportunity to witness this special event. It doesn’t seem very long ago, although it has been probably 15 years, when I was also blessed to witness my daughter’s baptism. Kathy stood beside me this morning and together we watched Alan bury his “old self” and come up out of the water symbolically washed free of sin.

As I reflect on this now, I am so thankful for the example Jesus made of Himself:

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry.” ~Luke 3:21-23a

Thank you, Jesus, for the perfect gift of…You!