“Now faith is the substances of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.”
How to keep your FAITH in Burning?
1) Focus your eyes on Jesus
* Hebrews 12:2
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NIV)
> Expend regular time in prayer
* Philippians 4:6 – 7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(NIV)
> Feed your spirit through prayer
* Matthew 24:41
“Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (KJV)
3) Study the word of God
> Constant and Meditation
* Joshua 1:8
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.’ (KJV)
4) Fellowship with Christian believer
* Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (KJV)
5) Serving in God
> To glorify and to exert the name of God
* 1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
6) Personal fellowship with God in quite time
7) Personal effort
So you’re supposed to influence society with your faith, right? sometimes it’s hard to figure out how. Check out Tim Neufeld and Star field’s Story of living out their faith. And maybe you’ll see how you can shine a light for Christ in your world.
The Star Field Band
“Calling can seem like a kind of mysterious thing, and a lot of people just throw it out there to cover a lot of bases, but really it comes down to three things: what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing, and what you can best serve God doing.”
– Tim Neufeld (Lead Singer)
from an early age, the four young men who make up the Canadian rock band Star field found that they loved music and were pretty good at it, too. As active members of their church, they participated in leading and writing worship songs together, eventually moving beyond the church walls and onto the road touring, which they have been doing now for more than eight years.
To some, that would be enough to fulfill God’s call to worship n their lives, but it wasn’t , as lead singer, Tim Neufeld ,explains.
” about there to four years into it, we realized there was something more to worship that we weren’t tapping into,” he says. ” what we came to discover was that Jesus had a lot more to say about worship that just getting together and singing psalms and spiritual songs with each other,” he continues. ” although he said that was part of it, He also said that our worship doesn’t just end there. It has to end with your worship overflowing into evangelism and acts of service.”
Convinced that God had something more for them, the band started looking at the different opportunities around then to see where he might be leading them.
It wasn’t long before things started falling into place. While on tour, the band passed through Toronto where they were given a chance to visit the Canadian headquarters of world Vision. During their visit, they participated in a chapel service and were so moved by the organization’s vision that they decided to partner with the group. “It was really about relationship,” Neufeld says. “We were taken by the spirit of generosity and compassion in the place.”
In 2006, the band was given the opportunity to go El Salvador with the ministry,a trip that Neufeld says was life changing.
“Here in North America we have so much stuff,and fill our schedules with so much stuff,” he says “we love materials things , and for a lot of people , myself included, those things just fill a void that God should filling.
“We compare ourselves with those around us, and when those around us are rich or have the latest Xbox or play station, we feel like somehow we’re not fulfilled until we have that. In the third world, somebody of the same age and demographic would just love to have another meal”
Neufeld admits that going to El Salvador and seeing the need was overwhelming but seeing the CONTENTMENT WITHIN THE NEED WAS EVEN HARDER TO COMPREHEND. “It made us go home and re-evaluate things in our lives and make decisions to just be more generous with our money, to hold things looser and allow God’s blessings that He’s put in our lives to flow through our hand and help those in need, ” he says.
Part of the band’s commitment to allow God to work through their lives has resulted in their partnership with dare 2 share ministries here in the United States.
” We’re been a part of a lot of conferences and conventions, and we just resonate with the way they approach the subject of evangelism,” he said. “They’re not scared to talk about the black and white of it – the things that we need to be accountable to in loving our neighbors and following the commands that Jesus gave us.”
But even as he’s passionate about being active in his faith and encouraging others to do the same, Neufeld completely understands that stepping out can sometimes be pretty scary.
” I remember that first time i mentioned World Vision from the stage five years ago. I was just so nervous,” he says. “but then at the end of the concert there were five children sponsored. We just couldn’t believe it. It felt so amazing to know that we had literally played a part in changing the lives of five kids,”
In fact, Neufeld is aware that sometimes we are our own worst enemy in going and talking to people about God.
“All of us spend so much time on our insecurities and trying to figure out if we’re ready to be the person God is calling us to be in order to speak into someone’s, and we waste opportunities because of it,” he says.
Part of the problem, he thinks,is that we live in a numbers-driven society where there can be a tendency to focus on how many people we lead to Christ, which in turn can lead to the misconception that if you don’t have a long list of conversion then you must not be doing God’s work.
“It’s not about ticking off a list of how many people we have in churches or our ministries or our own personal group of disciples,’ Neufeld says, “It’s about loving everyone around us and not being afraid of taking the truth of the gospel and helping then figure out how they need to be accountable to that.”
Neufeld also points out that really living the Great Commission is not as hard as we make it sometimes.
“It’s going against the trend of “me first” he says.
“It’s spending money on lunch for someone who doesn’t have it. It’s going and spending time at the hospital with somebody.It’s going and giving of yourself in whatever way that you have to do that. It’s honoring your parents. It’s spending time with those that are perceived as unlovely and hard to spend time with and doing all these things as unto Jesus as if it is ministering to God Himself.”
In the end, Neufeud said, “It’s about worship transforming every single part of our lives, and soing everything, as it says in Colossians, with EXCELLENCE AS IF YOU WERE DOING IT FOR THE LORD.”
“And if we can figure that out,” he adds, ”Our school, our ministries, and the world will be TRANSFORMED“.