Faith Speaks

In Acts 3 Peter and John happen by a man who couldn’t walk. Peter says to the man “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk,” and then he reaches down and picks him up, and the man begins jumping around, healed. When explaining what happened, Peter says that this man was healed “by faith in the name of Jesus and the faith that comes through Jesus.” Peter believed in Jesus, and having seen Jesus heal so many, his faith in Jesus spoke. We are all speaking by faith because our faith needs a voice. When we say, “We never have enough money” or “I’m not very smart,” we are speaking by faith. We say what we believe. Take inventory because this is producing in your life. Our Faith in Jesus is also designed to speak. Peter’s faith didn’t say to the man “you are a cripple.” It said, “Get up and walk.” He didn’t describe the problem, but he spoke to it and told it what to do. In the same way, let your faith in Jesus speak like Peter did—speak to the problem, and tell it what to do. Then watch God perform the impossible.

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Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale | Mesa | Ahwatukee

Committed Like an Olive Tree

Psalms 52:8 says that we are like an olive tree planted in God’s House. A funny thing about the ancient olive tree—it doesn’t produce fruit until it’s fourth or fifth year. In many ways, this is similar to life. We get married, but the first few years can be tough. Sometimes that tree doesn’t produce the fruit you desire until the fourth of fifth year. Statistics show that most divorces happen between the fourth and sixth year, but if you can hold on until the fruit shows up, oh, it’s so worth it. It’s the same with a new job, a new business, or even attending a church. It may take a few years of faithfulness until we see fruit. Can we stay faithful through those dry years? Can we continue and remain committed? Too often people abandon their post saying, “Well that didn’t work at all.” But really, it was working; it was working under the surface, in the unseen, and the fruit wasn’t showing yet. If you stay committed just a bit longer, the fruit is on its way, but iff you quit, you have to go back to year number one. You see, you are like an olive tree, so stay planted.

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Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale | Mesa | Ahwatukee

The Blessing Fights for You

So often Christians are fighting to get the blessing of God, you know, to earn it. But God has already given you the blessing—you don’t fight for the blessing, but the blessing is fighting for you. In Judges 4, Israel (lead by Barak) defeats a foreign army. Barak means “blessed.” You see the blessing fights for you. So the commander of the foreign army escapes, and there was an Israelite woman named Jael who had a treaty with this bad guy, so he ran to her for help. Now He’s a warrior, and she isn’t, so how will she ever defeat him? Sometimes the enemy we face seems too big. And we even think, if I can just defeat this enemy, well, God will bless me. But God has already blessed you! So Jael hides him in her tent and gives him some milk—but not just any milk—it’s promised land milk, and it represents the blessing of God. The milk puts him to sleep, and as he is sleeping Jael defeats him. It was the milk from the promised land, the blessing of God that won. So stop fighting for the blessing, and let the blessing fight for you.

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Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale | Mesa | Ahwatukee

Party On

Before I knew Jesus, I was convinced that Christians don’t have any fun. I’d been told that if something is fun, then it’s a sin. But you know what? God invented pleasure. He promised us a land flowing with milk and honey. And in the Bible, I’ve found that God likes to party. He had seven feasts per year, with music, and dancing, and food. It was epic. Jesus describes the church as a wedding banquet. It’s a party. It’s OUR party because we are the church. I think one reason people go clubbing instead of to church is that they see church as a chore and a bore. What if we saw church more as a celebration, a party, the way God designed it? We eat the word of God. We’re fired up. We dance and sing before the Lord. We meet new people. It’s a great feast. Church isn’t meant to be a chore—it shouldn’t be something you have to do or something that you dread. It’s meant to be a party. It should be fun, so get your dancing shoes on! And by the way, did you hear about the big party this weekend? Jesus is throwing a bash at His house, and you’re invited!

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Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale | Mesa | Ahwatukee