3 comments on “The Bible is about Jesus. Not us.

  1. Enlightening 🙂 , but potentially just as confusing to some people as the “Road Map” logic that he’s attempting to replace. “What happens if your 5 stones don’t work,” can be very misleading to a “Believer”. Ok, “Road-Map” implies that “you are David and just as he did, YOU must slay Goliath.” Pastor Chandler suggests “You’re not David in the fight, but because of Jesus, the battle is already won so rejoice that HE has won FOR YOU.” I submit that BOTH are correct, but INCOMPLETE. From this video (and no further teaching or understanding) people might conclude that there is nothing they must do, save “rejoice in the Lord,” in order to have the Goliaths in their life slain. Tis true, we do have victory in Jesus Christ, and our FAITH gives us FREE access to the power to overcome Goliath, in Jesus name (those who accept Jesus), HOWEVER, that power is not AUTOMATICALLY applied in our situations just because we are saved. Just because Jesus has “overcome the world” does not mean that the battle is over and we only rejoice. Nor should we be stress “throwing stones” over & over again though, Lol. My point, and what ties both these views together, is knowing WHAT you have to do when facing Goliath/ in battle. I learned them as “A,B,C’s of Faith” – principles you will find all throughout the Bible, made plain. If asked, I’ll gladly post them (it’s just letters A thru G, but very practical and all backed up scripturally.) In Conclusion, “Goliaths” still remain, not as a reminder that Jesus overcame, but for US to overcome them through Him. And we are not ONLY to rejoice at the victory we have in Jesus Christ because of our faith (Pastor Chandler’s logic). But IN ADDITION to that, we CAN ALSO see ourselves as David (Road Map logic) and use principles from that true account & what David DID, to help overcome OUR “Goliaths.” Thank you for letting me share. Pastor Chandler did an awesome job making his point, and I truly enjoyed listening. I’m interested in hearing & learning more from him. I’ll check out more of his Youtube clips.

  2. So my point is that we should not only rejoice in Jesus since “Faith without works is dead,” (James 2:14-26) yet neither should we stand as David casting stones at our Goliath night & day since “we are not saved [delivered, made righteous] by our works, but by grace through faith” (Eph 2:8-9). SO, it is our faith (which is also given to us by God – Rom 12:3, he’s so awesome) but our faith takes work. Therefore, we must learn what the “works” are so that our faith is not dead. Here’s an easy A, B, C template I have been taught as the “Works of our faith” appropriately referred to as the “A,B,C’s of Faith”. You can find some or ALL of these principles used by David, and by others in every story of overcoming in the Bible – EVEN Jesus CHRIST used these principles to show us they work. Ready?…

  3. “A” = ASK. Talk to God. This is “Petition Prayer” (Philip 4:6, 1 John 5:14-15, John 15:16), Samson’s last stand, Jesus in Gethsemane. “B” = BELIEVE. Believe in your heart, THE MOMENT you pray, that you have what you asked for! This is the heart of your faith, your “belief” that it will come to pass (Heb 11:6, Rom 4:18, Mark 9:23) David “believed” he could defeat Goliath, Abraham “believed” he was the father of many nations. “C” = CONFESS your faith. Goes hand & hand with your belief. What we speak activates or puts to work the power of our faith. We overcome by our words. (Mark 11:23, Rom 10:9, Prov 18:21, Rev 12:11) David “said” to Goliath that he would be delivered into his hands, God “said” let there be light, Jesus “said” to the disciples that he would die and be resurrected. “D” = DEMONSTRATE your faith (James 2:14-26), but know that THIS alone is not what makes your faith manifest. But God does require your obedience & participation in some ways. David still had to “throw” the stone even though he knew he had the victory in God, Jesus still “endured” the cross, Joshua had to “march” around Jericho’s walls before they came down. James 1:22, James 2:26, Philip 2:13). “E” = EXPECT. You must be in expectation of your deliverance. Expect a plan of action from the Holy Spirit, Expect the strength you need to endure. Expect assistance from others. Expect the favor of God. David Expected to win! (2 Cor 2:14, 2 Cor 4:18, 1 John 5:4, Jerm 29:11) “F” = FORTITUDE. Understand that Faith is a Lifestyle (Heb 10:38). You have to REMAIN in faith (Heb 6:12). It’s an ongoing process, and though signs may come before the full manifestation, your FAITH is all the evidence you need that things are going to happen. (Heb 11:1) Have the strength & fortitude to continue in faith despite what you see. (Joshua 1:8, 1 Cor. 15:58, Isaiah 40:31). Finally “G” = GRACE. Know that you are graced to handle and overcome all things because of Christ (Philip 4:13, Eph 3:20, 1 Cor 10:13). Know that his Grace covers you in your flaws or if you step out of faith (2 Cor 12:9), so long as you have accepted Jesus as your savior and repent of your wrong. (DONE!) I hope this practical, systematic approach to Faith and “The Works of Faith” was edifying to your spirit & understanding. And furthermore, helped explain why I believe that both Pastor Chandler AND those who view the bible as a “Road map” are right in certain areas. So rejoice, give praise, KNOW that you already have the victory through Jesus Christ, then exercise or “work” your faith to see the victory manifest! Ask, Believe, Confess, Demonstrate, Expect, Fortitude, & Grace. God bless you all.

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