One thing moves God: faith. Not doctrinal savvy. Not willpower. Trust in God alone stirs him to move miraculously on our behalf. Time and again, Jim Cymbala, author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, has seen the power of faith displayed...
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One thing moves God: faith. Not doctrinal savvy. Not willpower. Trust in God alone stirs him to move miraculously on our behalf. Time and again, Jim Cymbala, author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, has seen the power of faith displayed in the lives of the ordinary people in his church -- and in his own life. He has seen drug addicts and prostitutes set free, marriages restored, and sinners transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. All through the kind of radical, living faith described in this book. Read about it -- and discover how fresh faith can change your life, too.
1. Stolen Property ^2. Amalia's Story ^3. The Question Nobody Is Asking ^4. Free From A Hurtful Past ^5. Can I Trust God To Lead Me? ^6. The High Cost Of Cleverness ^7. Faith Runs On A Different Clock ^8. Overcoming Discouragement ^9. Grace That Is Greater ^10. Father Of The Faithful ^11. God's Deeper Work ^12. Addition By Subtraction ^13. The Atmosphere Of Faith ^244 Pages
Chapter OneStolen PropertyI live in a city where things get stolen all the time. Along Flatbush Avenue, where our church is, car thefts are an everyday occurrence. So are muggings, purse snatchings, and apartment break-ins.Once in a Sunday night sermon I made the mistake of asking our congregation to raise their hands if they had personally experienced some kind of rip-off. The place broke into laughter as 98 percent of the hands went up. What a silly question to pose to a crowd of New Yorkers!My wife, Carol, and I live in the borough of Queens, east of LaGuardia Airport and Shea Stadium, where the Mets play. I came out to my car parked in front of our house one morning a few years ago and noticed it had been vandalized. As soon as I opened the door and got inside, I saw a huge, gaping hole in the center of the steering wheel where the air bag had been.Crack cocaine addicts love air bags because they are a quick-sale item. Within minutes they can walk into a "chop shop" - an illicit garage that deals in used auto parts - and trade an air bag for up to $200 cash. It is just one of the ways that crack has devastated New York and other major cities in America. Heroin was one thing, snorting cocaine another - but crack has brought massive destruction.I moaned to myself about the loss. When I called my insurance agent, he took it in stride. "Well, that''s the Big Apple for you," he said. "Happens all the time." We filled out the claims paperwork and ordered the part from the dealer. I didn''t ask what this would do to my rates next time around; I didn''t really want to know.A few months passed before I finally got around to taking the car in for the replacement. At last the damage was repaired.And wouldn''t you know - within three weeks I got ripped off again! Same parking place in front of my house, same window forced open. I''m almost sure it was the same thief.This time I didn''t even bother to file an insurance claim. I just paid the $800 for replacement out of my pocket rather than risk my rates going through the roof.I even found a way to joke about it with someone: "You know, maybe I should leave coffee and cake for this guy on the front seat . . . with a note that says, ''Hey, let''s be friends! If I''d just supply you with other stuff to sell, at least you wouldn''t have to break into my car every few months.'' "More Than MerchandiseFortunately, air bags can be replaced. As much as you hate the loss and inconvenience, you gradually go on with your life. A year later, you won''t even remember that it happened.But in the spiritual realm, a kind of stealing is going on in many lives that is much more serious. Satan is in the business of ripping off things far more important than an air bag. That is his nature. As Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy."Satan obviously doesn''t want car parts. Nor does he want your house; he doesn''t live in a house. He doesn''t need your vehicle, for he has other modes of transportation. He has no interest in your clothes; he''s a spirit being. He doesn''t care about your investments; what would money mean to him?In the spiritual realm, a kind of stealing is going on in many lives. Satan is in the business of ripping us off.But he is very interested in stealing spiritual treasures - things that have value with God and are of eternal significance. Take, for example, our very purpose for living. Satan loves snatching men and women on the streets of my city and your city - people who have potential - and turning them into glassy-eyed wanderers through life, with no goal from day to day. They lie in bed at night staring at the ceiling, saying, "What''s the point? Just to make money? Just to have kids? Why?"People turn to drugs and alcohol because they don''t have a clue as to why they''re alive. Others turn to career achievement, or pleasure, or materialism . . . something, anything to fill the void. But it doesn''t work. God created them to worship and enjoy him forever, but th
Jim Cymbala has been the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years.
He is also the author of the bestselling titles Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; Fresh Power; Breakthrough Prayer; The Life God Blesses; The Church God Blesses; The Promise of God's Power and most recently When Gods Spirit Moves.
He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
Dean Merrill has been published in over 40 Christian magazines and is the author or co-author of 35 books.
- Contents Part One -- Something Is Missing 1. Stolen Property 2. Amalia's Story 3. The Question Nobody Is Asking Part Two -- Getting Past The Barricades 4. Free From A Hurtful Past 5. Can I Trust God To Lead Me? 6. The High Cost Of Cleverness 7. Faith Runs On A Different Clock 8. Overcoming Discouragement 9. Grace That Is Greater Part Three -- Following The Divine Channel 10. Father Of The Faithful 11. God's Deeper Work 12. Addition By Subtraction 13. The Atmosphere Of Faith Epilogue: 33 Treasures Notes