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“DALLAS, do you BELIEVE?” - Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
Luke 18:8

Because the Dallas Mavericks are currently losing to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of playoffs 3-1, on the front page of the sports section in the Dallas Morning News there is a green Dallas Mavericks t-shirt that says, “DALLAS, do you BELIEVE?” Immediately the article stands out. It makes me think. Do I believe the Mavericks can pull off the victory not only tonight but for the remainder of the series? To help the reader process this question, the reporter provides 3 REASONS TO WORRY and 3 REASONS TO BELIEVE whether or not they can advance in the playoffs.

As I began to process this article, the simplicity of the question was beautiful. It states the obvious. It gets to the heart of the matter. Right away. We either believe in the Mavericks or we don’t. There is no in-between. And the same goes for our Christian walk. Do we believe the Word of God to be true? Do we believe that revival can come to this city? Do we believe in Jesus Christ? If so, does our lifestyle exemplify that we have faith in Jesus Christ? Or are we comfortable in the same-routine doing the same thing without dependence on the Lord? Allow me to be so forward and say, WE MUST OPERATE by FAITH everyday. Remember the words of the author of Hebrews, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

Based on the article this morning, I think you will find the generalization of the reporter’s REASONS to be helpful in determining whether or not you are a person of belief/faith or a person of no faith. So ask yourself, which side category do you fit into? Let’s find out.

A PERSON WITH NO FAITH

1) The individual isn’t living up to his/her giftings and/or capabilities. There is no pressing on.

2) The individual allows the opponent to actively destroy all hope in the future. He/she is more concerned about the negative rather than the positive.

3) The enemy is successful at halting a person’s game plan. Rather than being pro-active, individuals become defensive.

A PERSON WITH FAITH

1) The individual understands they have overcome obstacles before and continue to believe they can do it again.

2) All it takes is one moment for an individual to turn the corner in order to build momentum. Anything is possible.

3) The individual hasn’t quit yet. Determination and perseverance are essential.

So based on your actions today, how would you be labeled – faith or no faith? If you aren’t sure how to take a step of faith, look at the text found in the Gospel of Luke. Here you have a widow who won’t stop asking the judge for legal protection. She believes that she needs help, and she won’t stop until she gets an answer. She doesn’t quit. Why? Because she believes the judge will grant her, her request. How do we know? Because her constant actions reveal her faith. Eventually (regardless of the timeframe) she believes the judge will listen. And guess what, the judge finally answers her request. So let me ask you, how are you operating by faith? How are you taking a step out into the unknown? We must operate by faith, because at any time Jesus can return. And He will be looking for people of faith here on earth. It says in the Gospel of Luke, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but I hope and pray that I will be found as a man who operates by faith.

Even though the headlines in this morning’s newspapers states, “DALLAS, do you BELIEVE?” This question really must not be addressed by its’ the readers. No, the only ones that can answer this question are the coaches and players of the Dallas Mavericks themselves. Why do I say this? Because you and I can’t do anything about the actual game. We don’t control their actions. No, only the players/coaches can let their actions speak for themselves. Therefore, the same goes for each member of the body of Christ. I can write all I want about “CHURCH of DALLAS, do you have faith?” but it won’t do any good, unless each of us decides to live out our faith on a daily basis.
- klm

" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan