Think of a child who has been promised something, no matter what the day brings, that child holds fast onto the promise made by a loving mother or father, and in the midst of the business of life, that child constantly reminds that parent what he or she promised. In like manner and with childlike faith, God loves for us to remind Him of the promises He has made to us in His Word. Jesus said in Matthew 18:3,…”Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” As Children of the most High God, we must be as little children having complete and childlike faith in our Heavenly Father.
My brothers and sisters in Christ and The Mystical Order I greet you and trust that you are receiving the word and proclaimed by God our Father. As we walk daily in our different walks of life you must remember the promises of God to us that He will be with us always. So I encourage you to exercise your faith in everything you do and say.
What is Faith? Hebrews 11:1 affirms that faith is right now.. “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” The 6th verse goes on to say, “It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” But faith alone does not move God.
The Message Version of the Bible in James 2:14-18 admonishes us in this: “Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.”
Insistingly enough, faith expresses itself through love (Galatians 5:6). When Jesus was asked what was the first and greatest commandment, He answered in Luke 10:25, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” It is so much easier to love than to hate. Time to let yourself off the hook for mistakes you’ve made in the past; it’s a new day! Time to forgive others for the wrong they’ve done to you; if you can’t do it for them, do it for God; do it for you; God says in His Word that if we can’t forgive others, He cannot forgive us. Don’t let anything or anyone hinder your relationship with God. Love God more than anything, more than that hurt you’ve been feeling, more than who rejected you, even more than those things and people you treasure most in life. Why? Because God desires to withhold no good thing from you, so stop withholding God’s Blessings from entering into your life. 1 Corinthians 13:13 sums it up in this, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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