Two families live in the valley below a 100 ft dam, holding back billions of gallons of water. A panic stricken runner leaves a message each door, that the dam has cracked and is about to break. One family politely thanks the runner and turns out the lights and goes to bed. The other grabs the children, jumps in the car and gets to higher ground. Which one is a believer?
Two men hear My promises, and sit in My presence. They both learn of how I provide for the birds of the air and clothe the lilies of the field. They both hear of My angelic protection over their families. They are both told the economy is collapsing and they are going to loose their employment. They both find out there will be no unemployment insurance. One panics and runs everywhere begging, crying, and can’t sleep, and gets angry. The other praises Me and sleeps well and goes on as if there is no change in his situation. Which one is a believer? Matthew 6:26-31.
Two people pray a sinners prayer and confess Me as Lord. They make a public confession that they are following Me 100% from that moment on. One continues to lie and the other stops. One continues to tell dirty jokes and lust after sex, the other stops. One continues to hangout in the same old bars with the same old friends, the other stops. One told everyone they sold everything to follow Me, but actually bought a new car for themselves with half of the money. The other actually did give up everything to follow Me! Which one is a believer? Acts 5:1-5.
Are you a believer? Do you panic or praise? Do you continue in sin? All believers demonstrate their belief with their actions so if you claim to be a believer in Me, you are a new creature: old things you used to do are passed away; and now everyone can behold, the new thing I am doing in you! 2 Corinthians 5:17.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|