A little bit of Faith

Imagine that it is the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the bases are loaded with your home team down three runs.  As you look to the dugout you see little Joey and your insides ache in hopes that your team wins the World Series of Little League baseball.  "Strike one....Strike two....", the umpire shouts.  Little Joey is swinging with all his might, but to no avail the bat is not connecting to those fast pitches.  Your insides ache and your heart is pounding in hopes and faith that little Joey can connect, that he can hit that much needed bat.  Just a little faith, maybe even a prayer and then suddenly you hear that familiar sound, "Thwack..."  Could it be, you don't even look up, as a matter of fact, you close your eyes, and then you hear the stands go wild, there are cheers and you know without even looking up that little Joey hit that grand slam.  The home team wins.

Okay, not good enough you say, how about the miracle on ice in 1980:  

 

Still not enough, you say, okay how about a little faith in the Miracle on the cross,

What do you say to someone who has faith in Jesus Christ, who says that he believes in Jesus as Savior and knows that his Redeemer lives, but questions the Word of God, the Bible, and questions whether it was written by men and their interpretations? What do you say to someone who knows Scripture and inherently knows the Bible, but refuses to believe that Job was not a real person.

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Let's take it back a step, what is true repentance of Sin:

Matthew 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

Luke 13:5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

 6Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.7So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'

 8" 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "

2 Samuel 12:7 Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.'

 11 "This is what the LORD says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.' "

 13 Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD.
      Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

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Here is what I say:

How can you be sure Jesus Christ was the son of God and believe that he died for our sins?  Romans 10 puts it this way, "8But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,"[d] that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9That 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. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."[e] 12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."[f]

 14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 

IT IS CALLED FAITH!  Pure and simple faith.  You cannot serve two masters one being faith in Jesus Christ and the other being foolishness saying that the Bible is not the true living Word of God.  You either believe and repent and sin no more, nor try to justify your sins by protesting the very word that says Sanctify yourselves before a Holy God and make yourself a living sacrifice to Him and through the help of the Holy Spirit living a Holy life in order to reach the disconnected.

Acknowledge your sins before a Holy God and let go of any justification that you have.  Believe that repentance of the heart bears fruit and repentance of the lips without fruit is only disobedience.