What Stands Between You and Belief? (5)

FINALLY, HOW IS THE BATTLE FOR BELIEF WON? (Luke 24:12;29-31;33-35;52-53)

Luke makes it abundantly clear! Luke shows that the BATTLE FOR BELIEF is won by communing, meditating, spending time with Jesus!

Luke 24:12- "But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened." Peter could not take anyone's word for it! He had to get up and find out on his own. You cannot have a second-hand or hand-me-down faith! You to must find out for yourself.

Luke 24:29-31- "But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight." Two men walked with Jesus, talked with Jesus, fellowshipped with Jesus. It is a requirement for Believers.

Luke 24:33-35- "So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread." They supported each other, encouraged, and followed together. Is that a reality in your life?

Luke 24:52-53- "And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen." This is one of the most convicting truths for Believers who fail to worship with other Believers. Disciples are expected to be faithful in worship.

DO NOT LET YOUR SHORTAGE OF TIME SPENT WITH JESUS DEFEAT YOU IN YOUR BATTLE FOR BELIEF!

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About tcbo

Tobey Pitman is a retired career missionary. He serves as a Pastor in Greater New Orleans along the northern rim of Lake Pontchartrain. Tobey currently assists churches to understand the needs of their community and to develop ministries that specifically touch local needs. Tobey is a CISM-trained and certified chaplain serving as a volunteer Chaplain for his local police department. He is appointed as the Faith-based Liaison of the St. Tammany Parish Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and formerly the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Additionally he serves as a Chaplain for the Coroner's Office in St. Tammany Parish. In these roles, he assists in emergency planning and response implementation by directing faith resources into areas of local need during times of emergency and personal trauma. Tobey also served as a ministry strategist for the Northshore Baptist Association from 2010 to 2016. Prior to his service with NSBA, Tobey served for 32 years with the Home Mission Board/North American Mission Board. He worked in Downtown New Orleans and served the broad range of needs that existed among the homeless and addicted people living on the streets of the French Quarter, the CBD, and Downtown New Orleans. This ministry included directing the largest homeless shelter in Louisiana with a capacity of 250. The Brantley Center also offered many kinds of compassion ministries that touched physical needs and provided an average of 600 meals per day. The ministries of the Center included an intensive, long-term therapeutic community for men and women who desired to break free from addictive and debilitating lifestyles. He also developed a church for homeless people called Second Chance Fellowship. Tobey is a native Texan. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University and has earned masters and doctoral degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tobey is married to Cathy. They have two sons, two daughters through marriage, and six grandchildren.
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