Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
In a Life Driven by Covid-19 and Cultural Dissonance, You May Doubt God If Your Faith Is Not Exercised

In a Life Driven by Covid-19 and Cultural Dissonance, You May Doubt God If Your Faith Is Not Exercised

August 5, 2020

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

In many ways, your faith is like a muscle – both your muscles and your faith will atrophy if you do not use them. In the ministry, we often hear comments from our parishioners like: “Some time ago, I walked with the Lord and He spoke to me; but now I am not even sure I believe in God anymore.”. This falling away from the Lord is, often, a result of faith not being exercised. In Hebrews 2:1-3, you are told that when the storms of life come, you are to look to Jesus – use your faith and always look to Jesus: “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,". In whom and in what is the focus of your faith today?

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I can do what He asks of me. (Philippians 4:13). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”. (Philippians 4:14).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Hebrews 12:1-8; Leviticus 26:18-21; 2 John 4:8-9; Psalms 18d:31-40.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “As a Visible Christian, Do You Have Faith and Courage to Share the Gospel by Letting Others See Jesus In You?", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “As a Christian, You Are Equipped for God’s Purpose; Be Courageous and Let Others See Jesus In You for God Is With You”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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Jesus Is Your “Only Way” to Eternal Life If You Give Up Sinning and Follow Him, In Faith, as THE Lord of Your Life

Jesus Is Your “Only Way” to Eternal Life If You Give Up Sinning and Follow Him, In Faith, as THE Lord of Your Life

July 13, 2020
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MESSAGE SUMMARY:

The Upper Room Part 3: The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA)

“Doubt” does not constrain people from believing and following Jesus. Rather, it is their “resistance to giving up their sins” that constrains their belief and acceptance of Jesus as THE Lord of their life. Jesus becomes the “Lord of your life” when you have a personal relationship with Jesus, and He becomes the focal point and center of your decisions and faith.

A primary component of Jesus teaching methodology was to ask questions. Most questions asked, regarding Christianity, were directly answerable. Important questions were asked by Jesus in His several appearances after His Resurrection from His Crucifixion and death. The first reference, in John 20, addresses Jesus’ appearance to His Apostilles; and the Apostille Thomas was not present. Therefore, when Thomas was told of Jesus’ appearance, Thomas said that he would not believe in Jesus’ Resurrection until he could see and feel Jesus’ wounds from the Crucifixion. Jesus, knowing Thomas’ disbelief without physical evidence of His Resurrection, asked Thomas to feel His wounds. Afterwards, Jesus asked Thomas the implied question regarding Thomas’ “belief”, and Thomas answered with an answer that has resonated throughout the centuries: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:24-29): “Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”.

Jesus went on to affirm Thomas’ belief in the face of compelling physical evidence, but Jesus acknowledged the power of the belief and faith by those of us who follow Him, like you through your faith, without physical evidence and certainty. So, for you who does not have the physical evidence of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, Paul tells you, in Romans 10:17, that: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”.

Do you believe, and is Jesus the Lord of your life?

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Anger. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Forgiveness. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Mark 6:31; Mark 6:34; Mark 6:41; Mark 6:43; Psalms 46:1-11.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“God Is Love, But He Is Justice Too; therefore, We Must Pray for America and for God to Intervene in America’s Downward Spiral": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “In Today’s Uncertainties but as a Follower of Jesus, You CAN Answer “Yes” to “Am I Going to Heaven?”!”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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Your Salvation Comes Only From Your Faith and Not From the Faith of Others

Your Salvation Comes Only From Your Faith and Not From the Faith of Others

June 30, 2020

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

We first believed because of what our parents taught us; but then we heard for ourselves, and we believed. You and cannot live on another’s faith in Jesus. With regards to faith, “God has no grandchildren”, only His Children; therefore, your Salvation comes only from your faith and not the faith of others. Each of us must hear for ourselves and come to the Lord in our own faith. As Paul tells us in Romans 10:16-17: “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?’. So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."  You and I each will stand before the Lord alone in judgment -- we will speak for ourselves with only Jesus to speak for us. Others to whom we minister, such as our children, can her about the Lord and the Gospel from us – for the first time or in reinforcement. However. Others, including our families, must hear for themselves and believe for themselves to be saved.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my AnxietyRather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Peace. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Matthew 7:24-27; Psalms 53:1-6.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“Dr. Beach Provides a Context and Call to Action for Clergy and Lay Persons to Become Part of the Solution for “Race Issues” Facing Us Today": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

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In Return for God’s Forgiveness of Your Sins, God Expects Your Belief and Faith In Jesus’ “Deity”

In Return for God’s Forgiveness of Your Sins, God Expects Your Belief and Faith In Jesus’ “Deity”

June 26, 2020

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

Jesus is the firstborn of all creation; and in Him, all the fullness of Deity lives in bodily form. This position, of Jesus’ Deity, is quite different from the teachings of Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, the New Age, or the Universalist. These statements, from Paul to the Colossians in Colossians 1:15, solidifies Jesus’ Deity: He {Jesus} is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." form the crux of Christianity. In Jesus, God fully dwells. Again, in Colossians 2:9-10, Paul reminds us of Jesus’ ultimate Deity: “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.". God expects your faith and belief in Jesus’ Deity in return for God’s forgiveness that results from Jesus’ sacrificial Crucifixion, Resurrection, and God’s Grace.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Evil Ways. Rather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Goodness. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Colossians 2:9-10; Proverbs 8:27; John 1:1-5; Psalms 3:1-8.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“How Much Time Do I Have Left as a Father to Meet God’s Expectations and Receive the Joys of Being a Father In Christ?": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “The Apostle John Tells You: ‘You who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life’”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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By God’s Grace and Your Belief, Faith, and Confession, You Enter the Narrow and Only Door to Salvation

By God’s Grace and Your Belief, Faith, and Confession, You Enter the Narrow and Only Door to Salvation

June 20, 2020

MESSAGE SUMMARY

Jesus is The Door and The Gate by which you must enter the Kingdom of God – Jesus is the only way. In John 10:9-10, Jesus tells us: “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief {Satan} comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Also, Jesus said, in Matthew 7:13-14, that He was "the Narrow Gate", and whomever enters the Kingdom through Him will be saved and have Eternal Life: {You} “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.". Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection are the events, of about two thousand years ago, that provided us all, by God’s Grace, with access to The Narrow Gate, which is Jesus. Through Jesus’ death on the cross for your sins and His Resurrection, He has given you eternal life if you choose to enter The Narrow Gate. You may ask: “How do I enter this ‘Narrow Door’ of Jesus?’. By God’s Grace, you can enter Eternal Life through Jesus with your true belief and faith in Jesus as God in combination with your prayerful confession of your sins to God. With your belief, faith, and confession, you have entered through the narrow and only door to your Salvation.

However, and after your entry through the door, you must continue, in your faith and obedience, to follow Jesus – this is the only, and it is The Way provided by God’s Grace through Jesus.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ, I will trust in the Lord with all my heart. I will trust in the Lord with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding.  In all my ways I will seek to know Him, and He will make my pathways straight. (From Proverbs 3:5f).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:5-7; Psalms150:1-6.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon“What Do People See In You as You Live Your Life? As a Christian, You Live Through The Holy Spirit - God’s Gift": at our Website: www.AWFTL.org/listen/.

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “Your Conscience to Leads You Through Life’s Challenges, and The Holy Spirit Deals First with Your Conscience”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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