People of the City of Detroit, we last spoke of the comparison of two great messages presented this weekend by Mr. Robert Dean, Jr. of Atlanta Georgia and Elder Curtis Simmons, M.D. of Detroit Michigan (presently residing in Kalamazoo Michigan). We concluded that both messages were one in the same: Lord increase our faith.
The people of this great city have gone through pains associated with failures: of economies, of corporations and of government.
God however, has given us everything we need to persevere.
The scripture that we identified in our last lesson is applicable:
1Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
2It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
3Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
4And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
5And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
6And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Offences will come. Yes, things can become difficult in this life. Jesus would not have said it if it was not so. As a result of these offences great and small, the climate becomes treacherous. One can look at the events of the City of Detroit in the last week and see that the climate or environment wherein we reside, has eroded. If we are not careful, fear will set in upon us as residents of Detroit.
However, the Lord says: Take heed to ourselves. No matter what happens: God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of a sound mind.
Our Lord is telling us not to become to be overtaken by our issues, or by our environment. Elder Curtis Simmons expounded greatly upon this theme in his sermon at the local church on Sunday.
Immediately we say: Lord, Increase our faith.
Then, the Lord tells us in the next verse that our personal miracles are at our disposal. The Lord has prepared the environment or climate, obstacles, circumstances or situations (or sycamine tree), to obey one who has the foundational, underlying, "true" faith (as of a mustard seed).
What we have to understand is where our faith is, that is where our life changing miracles reside. Where do we want our fruit to grow? Where do we want our lives to prosper? Where do we want our successes to shine?
Plant your faith there. Faith of the size of a mustard seed. Then ask God to give the increase. Lord, Increase our faith.
Robert Dean, Jr. mentioned in his message that we should rely upon what God created to give the increase. "Don't mess with the miracle!" he stated emphatically. "All you have to do is plant the seed of faith, be patient, be willing to work hard around the place where we planted our faith (without fail water it daily, do the daily, necessary essentials) then let God's system perform the miracle (increase)."
Before we know it, our faith has increased to produce our expectations and our life goals right before our eyes!
Lord increase our faith!
(To be continued. . . ) God Bless!