07 May 2017

True faith

On May 7 “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk recalled the acts of bravery of those who more than 70 years ago gave their lives to let us live in a free country and under a peaceful sky. Such deeds can’t but remind us of our Savior Jesus Christ – He also didn’t pity Himself for people’s sake that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

And self-pity was just the subject of Ilijas Mukhametdinov’s sermon at the second service. He reminded of the unusual conversation between Christ and the Apostle Peter before Jesus’s execution: “Peter took Jesus aside and told him not to talk like that. He said, “Be merciful, Lord! Those things will never happen to you! Then Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Go away from me, Satan! You are not helping me! You don’t care about the things of God, but only about the things people think are important” (Matthew 16:22, 23 EXB). It develops that behind such an insignificant thing as being merciful to oneself there is serious temptation that can result in the sin, which is the refusal to bear one’s cross. Christ commanded us to follow Him denying ourselves, our selfishness, and taking up our cross (Matthew 16:24). If we don’t do this but are merciful to ourselves it means we want to save our lives, but the Lord clearly said: “whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:25)

Pastor Aleksey Obukhov talked about faith in his sermon. Faith is something we should observe so it could be firm and steadfast. Trials that can unsettle our faith may come to our life. In this case we need to hear the word to confirm us. Such example we see from the ministry of the Apostle Paul. When there were some serious troubles in the Thessalonian church he sent Timothy there to support and comfort the believers (1 Thessalonians 3:1-5). In the times of troubles our faith get vulnerable, we may start doubting just as Christ’s disciples did when Jesus fell asleep in the boat in the midst of a storm (Luke 8:10-14). That is why when we face trials we must remember that He is near us. Besides, we must hope for Him and not for our righteousness. The Pharisee from Jesus’s parable thought that God was pleased with him more than with the sinful tax collector who would not even look up to heaven (Luke 18:10-14). But it is said that not the Pharisee but the tax collector went home justified before God. The tax collector had nothing to hope for except for God’s mercy. We should search for God’s mercy and His presence in our life amongst the storm. That makes our faith true and not fake.

Dilyara Porseva


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True faith

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