About stephenmendes

I am a native of Barbados, a small tropical island in the Caribbean

FAITH FACTS

I am constantly amazed by these people who think they are ever so pragmatic when they objectively evaluate ‘world religions’ and ‘holy books’ and ‘systems of religious belief’ and conclude that they are all of equal value , or perhaps, they are all of ‘no value whatsoever’.

These people who consider themselves ‘ever so smart’ are the type of people who:

1. Are quick to embrace science as absolute ‘fact’ and the ‘savior’ of mankind.

2. Are quick to dismiss the Bible and ‘faith in God’ as ‘superstitious nonsense’ and of little if any value in the grand scheme of things.

The SCIENTIFIC METHOD starts with OBSERVATION proceeds to QUESTION then formulates HYPOTHESIS which proceeds to EXPERIMENTATION which leads to ANALYSIS which results in CONCLUSION….. and then starts all over again.

Funny isn’t it that so-called intelligent people cannot see the application of this to BIBLICAL TRUTH and CHRISTIAN REALITY.

OBSERVE the change in the life of genuine Christians…… QUESTION what brings about this ‘humanly impossible’ change…. formulate the HYPOTHESIS that just maybe there is actually a SUPREME GOD after all and just possibly the Bible could be true in what it says…… EXPERIMENT by giving God a chance to prove Himself to you …… ANALYSE the outcome ….. and CONCLUDE that GOD is GREATER than the ‘apparent’ laws of nature because He exists OUTSIDE of His creation and therefore is not restricted by ‘laws of Physics’ that govern the normal operation of our material Universe.

My dear friend…. if you are reading this message…. I want you to know most assuredly that people who believe that ‘faith…. Bible …. the supremacy of Jesus Christ …. and the existence of God… are all superstitious hogwash invented by ignorant people to explain their world of ages past’….. are neither scientific nor honest….. but are manifesting supreme arrogance and pride…. how can a created animal in the material world believe that the whole thing came about by chance.

‘Laws’ do not make themselves…. nor can they create anything…. they are merely an OBSERVATION of the normal functioning of material systems within the world that they are a part of.

The Bible tells us exactly what is wrong with these people…. these so-called ‘brilliant’ scientists and ‘intellectuals’ that the world believes in….. they have CHOSEN to exclude GOD from their consideration…. their entire ‘science’ is constructed on the basis that there is NO SUCH BEING…… therefore they must necessarily look elsewhere for understanding, explanation and interpretation of the data being evaluated….. and in the process they have become FOOLS selling LIES to a gullible public who also would rather NOT believe in a HIGHER BEING because that would make them ACCOUNTABLE for the way they live their lives.

John wrote, ‘But these are written that ye might BELIEVE that Jesus is THE CHRIST, the Son of God, and that BELIEVING ye might have life through his name. (John 20:31)

This FAITH that the scientific community laughs at as foolishness is, in fact, at the foundation of the material Universe….. read Hebrews 11:3

Jesus made the observation,…. if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)

Those people who are quick to point out all the cases where FAITH FAILED ……. ignore the many, many cases where FAITH WORKED.

Maybe it is the UNCERTAINTY of whether it will work or not FOR YOU that makes you skeptical of FAITH ….. if that is the case, how can you expect it to work ? because such uncertainty is in itself a LACK OF FAITH.

I will have a great deal more to say about FAITH in future messages….. however, Power belongs to God (Psalm 62:11)…. if you lack faith ask God for it …. God is able to give you what faith you need for whatever you are facing today.

Be sure of one thing everybody BELIEVES something, it is at the very foundation of our existence

But contrary to the popular notion that “it does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere”….. I want to tell you that it matters a great deal…… in fact, it is the most important thing in your life …… go back to John 20:31 and READ IT AGAIN

may your eyes be opened to see the TRUTH today.

COMING CHAOS

It would be wise to heed the message of God concerning the future.

Most people are not happy with the current ‘progress’ that has taken place in Barbados …. exorbitant prices, long lines of traffic, potholes, sewage, armed robberies and a host of other problems facing the country.

But only a few understand ‘why’ global conditions are getting worse….. and why human society will continue to decline.

Amid all the strident calls for tolerance, cooperation and harmony…. the unprecedented explosion of EVIL has gone largely unnoticed and unchallenged.

You cannot watch any entertainment these days without expletives, violence and sexual content….. even the children’s cartoons are full of rebellion and wickedness…… everybody has become desensitized to it and for sure it has affected peoples attitudes and interaction with others and very definitely their relationship to God.

Christ’s call to His disciples was for holiness in living and the meaning of this is to be ‘set apart’ …. ‘love not the world or the things in the world’ (1 John 2:15 – 17) ….. do you see evidence of churches following this exhortation ? …. and if the churches are loving the world and everything to do with the world, what about the rest of humanity …. ‘the bulk of good people’ according to one lady who remarked in amazement …. ‘you mean to tell me that all these “good” people are going to damnation and destruction ?’ …. she was even more shocked when I replied, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what I am telling you’…. but it’s not me, that what God has said….. she did not want anything to do with ‘a god’ that would send all these ‘nice people’ to some kind of ‘hell’ ….. and she simply refused to ‘believe’ that it was the TRUTH.

Maybe this is why Christ said in response to the question… ‘are there few that be saved ?’…… Jesus said ‘Strive to enter in at the narrow gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.’ (Luke 13:23 – 24)

But why would God destroy the bulk of His creation which He loves ?

May I remind you that it would not be the first time ? ….. only Noah and his family were saved from the first destruction….. and only those saints who have ‘washed themselves in the blood of the Lamb’ will escape the coming destruction.

Whether you like it or not….. the sanctification of the chosen seed is what is most important to the Father….. the rest may be ‘good people’ in the eyes of other humans…. but they have REJECTED the ‘salvation of God’ which He has freely made available to all…. and gone about to establish their own standard of righteousness. (Romans 10:3)

Don’t let that be you….. today is a good day to change your eternal destiny…. by confessing your sinfulness and inability to overcome sin, inviting Jesus Christ into your heart and life…. and then TRUSTING through His Holy Spirit that He will accomplish in you what is necessary as you CONTINUE to meditate on God’s Word, the Bible, and get to know Him more intimately through prayer.

ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY

Matthew 28:18 “….. all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”

So why are we concerned about sickness ?

May I suggest our concern comes from only 3 possible reasons:

!. Perhaps we really do not believe the verse…. we do not believe that Jesus has such power ?

2. Perhaps even though we believe He has all power… we don’t believe He will fix our situation or miraculously heal our sickness… this is understandable …. even though Jesus has all power He did not get John the Baptist out of prison ….. an angel was sent to deliver Peter …. but James was killed with the sword (Acts 12:1 – 11) … so we can never be certain if we will be helped or not.

3. We are in distress and find it hard to be certain that He will fix our problem….. and we DESPERATELY want it to be fixed as soon as possible….. this is why sickness drives so many people to seek God… all long as they are well and things are going fine God is optional and does not get the attention or respect that He deserves…. but when the doctor tells you there is nothing that can be done at the best you have a few months to live… then all of a sudden God seems to become more important…. but at this time our interest in God is still quite selfish because we are fervently hoping that He will intervene and spare our lives and heal our condition….. and sometimes He does but quite often He does not…. and it is this UNCERTAINTY that upsets us ….. how can we have peace in such circumstances ?

In order to have faith to be healed …. you need a message from God that He is going to heal you….. faith cannot float on thin air….. faith needs a FOUNDATION.

Of course in some cases God heals people without them having faith…. they may expect the worst…. but God heals them anyway.

Far too many people believe that the Devil has more power to do harm than God….. or that God will not or cannot intervene to stop him.

The Bible says “Blessed is the one who puts his trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:4, Jeremiah 17:7 and quite a few other places)

Our problem is the outcome does not always seem to agree from our perspective.

And yet….. and I don’t want you to miss this point…. what are your options ? ….. if God will not give you your wishes what can you do about it ? ….. the point the Bible makes absolutely plain is God…:

1. is merciful and forgiving
2. has ALL power and authority over everything

I leave you with two passages to ponder:

When Job’s wife told him to curse God and die…. his reply was “you speak as one of the foolish women, shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord and shall we not receive evil ?” (Job 2:10)

“and Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceedingly great: YET IN HIS DISEASE HE SOUGHT NOT THE LORD, BUT TO THE PHYSICIANS” (2 Chronicles 16:12)

Clearly these are recorded for our instruction…. just because the doctors are smarter these days and the science is a little more capable of curing various ailments….. the underlying message is clear….. BEFORE you ‘put your faith in modern medicine’ don’t you think it would be a good idea to seek wisdom from God concerning your situation ?….. only if God is directing your life can you have any peace…… putting your life in the hands of man is a fools comfort…. “it is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8)

Many times God uses sickness to get our attention and trust….. to turn us back to Him….. if we do not heed the message….. then even if we recover, there is the probability of more sickness down the road.

Many people do not make the connection between sickness and sin….. but sin can, and often does, result in sickness…. although every illness may not necessarily be the result of sin.

2 Chronicles 21:18-19 tells us that because of Jehoram’s behavior …. the Lord afflicted him with an incurable disease and he died in great pain.

My friend, the message to you is this….. regardless of what situation you are in…. rely on GOD, turn to GOD, whether you are cured or not…. put your trust in God because in the end He is the only One that really has the power to deliver you…. it is totally counterproductive to ‘get angry’ with God because He is your only source of help….. and He cannot be charged with ‘wrongdoing’ by humans…. the Bible makes it abundantly clear that His will is all that counts in the Universe….. you exist because it is His will that you do.

BELIEF BATTLE

The population in general and the academics and scientists in particular take a very dismissive attitude to the term ‘belief’.

They mock and scoff at the religious community for their faith…. they go so far as to say that religion is for fools…. born out of a need for some kind of imagined stability (a false crutch) to explain and comfort people in perilous times of a cruel and hostile world.

They claim that science is reliable and foolproof… and is the salvation of humanity both now and in the future.

The fact that faith results in many miracles across the world on a daily basis is completely lost on them…. as they are quick to cite so-called examples of ‘failed faith’…. while ‘explaining away’ any apparent miracle as simply ‘natural causes’…. mere luck…. or simple chance…. surely this is the product of the pre-conceived notion that ‘the material is all here is’ and ‘there is no God as He is merely a myth…. invented by people for above mentioned reasons’

The only way to ‘prove’ the reality of miracles is to be truly open minded about it and give God an opportunity to intrude into your life…. the Bible clearly states that ‘He that cometh to God MUST BELIEVE that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him’ (Hebrews 11:6)

The importance of ‘belief’…. and the need to ‘believe’ is at the very core of life…

Jesus ascribed great power to ‘belief’ … and promised that those who believe would accomplish great feats.

JOHN 20:31 “But these are written, that ye might BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,and that believing ye might have life through his name”

There are a number of ideas floating around that people love to quote…

“It doesn’t mattere what you believe as long as you are sincere”

“One person’s belief is no better than the next person” (all beliefs are equally valid)

But when you actually think about these statements you should realize that they are utter rubbish…

All beliefs cannot possibly be correct because many of them are mutually exclusive and believing thewrong thing can be fatal in the physical world so why should it be any different in the spiritual.

When it doesn’t bother a person whether their belief is correct or not…. it’s a sure sign that the issue is of no importance to them.

Sadly this is the state of many with various spiritual beliefs…. even when it is shown that their belief has to be faulty, they still cling to it and refuse to change.

Having an incorrect belief is fatal to your spiritual state and can affect your physical state also.

What you BELIEVE (and EVERYBODY believes something… don’t let anybody fool you otherwise) determines your mental state, your physical state, your spiritual state and ultimately your eternal state.

So we see that there is nothing as powerful or as important as ‘belief’ …. it’s sad that people are so casual with belief and are willing to dismiss it….. what about you ?

What do you believe ? are you willing to change your belief if it can be shown to be faulty ? …. I urge you today do not take ‘belief’ lightly…

Know what you believe….  and why you believe it…. test your belief…. act upon it ….

A belief that floats in thin air is useless for all practical purposes…. your belief must be grounded with a firm foundation ….. believe in the promises of God, God cannot lie and all His promises are sure…. when you ground your faith in the promises of God then the power of God works for you because He keeps His promises.

It is indeed a wonderful thing when you realize that your faith has power to move mountains… simply because it is backed by God’s Word and there is no greater authority …. He has the power and He has promised to be the resource for all those who put their trust in Him…. not once… not twice…. but many places in the Bible can you find the simple statement….. ‘Blessed is the person who puts their TRUST in the LORD’

Do you want the blessings of God and the power to deal with your circumstances ?…. then DO what the Word says…. and EXPECT the blessing and the victory over your circumstances.