July 2015

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
[1 Corinthians 1:25]

Greetings in the name of Christ;

I must apologize. First, I must correct a misstatement in the May newsletter. Under the calendar section there was a note that there was no April newsletter, actually there was, which made that newsletter the 5th edition, not the 4th. Second, there was no June newsletter, so this is the 6th edition, not the 7th. I hope I have not confused everyone.

As many of you know, I travel quite extensively, and recently drove to visit a client in New York, a two day drive up, a day visiting the client, and a two day trip back – way too much time for my mind to wander, and wander it did.

During this trip, I was inundated with the presidential campaign and the rulings of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

As I travel, I find myself talking with God a lot, and praying for His guidance and help. I also have the time to remember all that He has done for me and for others, realizing that it is our faith that allows God to work within us.

I have to wonder if we are not putting our faith into the wisdom of man rather than in the wisdom of God, who can truly help us.

In the 1960s the saying, “Keep the Faith” became popular. People repeated the phrase and reassured each other with it when their hopes and dreams became frustrated.

Faith governs our lives. We exercise faith constantly and cannot live without it. Faith exists within the human breast where God places it. Faith enables us to accomplish all that we do.

  • Faith determines the meals we eat. We believe food has value, so we eat it believing that it will benefit our bodies. When we enter a restaurant to eat, we enter with the faith that the food will strengthen, not poison, us.
  • Faith chooses the cars we drive. We start them and drive them by faith.
  • We set the alarm clock and turn on the light switch in the faith that they will work.
  • Faith dictates whom we marry and our intentions for the future.

Success and prosperity by God’s standards require faith in God. Without it we waver like the waves of the sea. Apart from it, we cannot receive anything from God. To complete what He has in mind for us, we must “Keep the faith … in God.”

Through faith, we defeat the enemy of our souls. Withdraw faith and we send no prayer to God nor do we receive answers from Him.

Prayer fails for want of faith. Faith secures aid from the Eternal God in time of need.

If you try to base saving faith on the “wisdom of men” it ceases to be saving faith because the content of that faith is regarded as foolishness by the world’s wisdom. The genuineness of faith, and with it eternal life, is at stake in the basis we offer for faith. It is possible to offer a basis of faith, which ruins faith.

There is a kind of foundation, which will destroy the superstructure of faith. That is why it is so crucial for our faith not to rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God, because if it rests in the wisdom of men it is a mirage, a bogus faith.The prophet Daniel demonstrated remarkable trust in God. Daniel believed in God and God called him righteous.

“Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its people and their animals, even if these three men – Noah, Daniel and Job – were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 13:13-14

Daniel’s faith in God never wavered. To understand Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, his advisors sought for knowledge from the stars. The enchanters and sorcerers relied on magic potions. They gave up the splendor of the Immortal for images formed like creatures and mortal man. Then they worshipped them.

But Daniel learned truth from the One Who made the stars. He knew the power of the Everlasting. Daniel loved God, and his faith in God gave him right standing with God.

God does not approve of Democrats or Republicans – he approves of a life saved by grace and being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

In faithful service,
Don Baker

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