September 5, 2016, 8:43 AM

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for hunting season to roll around. I had the opportunity to use my crossbow in service yesterday and it brought me to a lot of thought about our relationship with God. I used it in an illustration where I brought three people on the stage, one being my wife's grandmother and placed an apple on there head, that although someone believes in bow that it can properly shoot the arrow (bolt) and that they believed that I could make the shot to strike an apple from there head. They believed that I could do it, the problem was although they believed in it... they didn't have the faith to let me do it.

This is us. This is our relationship with God, we believe that God can do what He promises and says He will do most of the time we just don't have the faith to ride it out. We have to understand that just because we believe in something doesn't mean that we have faith in what we believe in. 

How strong is your Faith in God?

Chances are it could be stronger... its easy to trust for a bit, but its also easy to be discouraged quickly. We have to learn (train ourselves) to have faith even when we become weak. Many times we go to God in prayer and we believe that He CAN do what we are seeking, asking, or requesting but one small little something can throw us off track. For example, you get a bad report from the doctor and immediately take it to God in prayer for a touch from Him, then weeks later at a follow up you get another bad report and become weary and loose faith. Many times we are right at the edge of God answering a prayer and we run out of steam...

Train your self..Stay FOCUSED. In the same manner chances are you cannot get up right now and run a marathon, but yet you have to train for it.. Train your self to in faith.. Stay in the word of God, lean on His promises day in and day out, pray a little more, and learn to trust Him all the way through knowing that He will see you through. 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III


Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

James 2:19 (NKJV)

19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

James 1:6 (NIV)

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Mark 10:52 (NIV)

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

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