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Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)
TITLE: Building a Master Faith
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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“Your life is only as big as your FAITH. Your faith is only as big as your GOD. If you spend all your time looking at yourself, you will get discouraged. If you look to God in faith, you will be, and stay ENCOURAGED.”
This is what I needed to hear that particular day. It was the Holy Spirit who got me to Prayer Meeting last Wednesday night, because I sure didn’t feel like going out. Often overwhelmed by too much information I recently determined to attempt to remember one specific item form the Pastor’s message.
This quote, from a well-known Bible teacher, is what stuck with me following that evening service. Having spent nearly two years in a physical, emotional, and spiritual valley had left me tired, confused and grasping for the lost joy and faith of my salvation experience of long ago. I believe that all the scraping, clawing, and praying has started to bring results beginning with this short few lines printed at the bottom of the lesson plan for the service.
The Holy Spirit intervened once again by getting me to the following Sunday-evening service, another long ago set aside habit. Unquestionably, I knew His leading when the topic was introduced, “Building a Master Faith.” Here were the answers to my prayers, from the pulpit, with a Georgia accent. By the end of the message, hope had once again begun to grow within me. For the first time in recent memory I left the service refreshed rather than weary.
The first illustration Pastor used was that of a Master Woodworker, or a Master Craftsman. The job that I’d enjoyed for the twenty-three years, prior to my injury, was that of a Craftsman. Often, when escorting clients through the facility my boss would introduce me as, “our Master Craftsman,” a title that always humbled me at it’s use. Thinking about that as Pastor spoke prompted me to jot down the following note. “I did not become a Master Craftsman on purpose, I did it by simply, doing my job, to the best of my ability, every day.” I believe this thought was Spirit led and plan to meditate on it during the coming days. Is it perhaps possible to build a “Master Faith” on the precept of simply doing my “Christian responsibilities,” to the “best of my ability,” “every day”?
As a life long sufferer of BI-Polar Disorder I went away with reservations. Knowing fully well that I cannot make decisions based on current emotional feelings I simply returned home with a new found hope. When I awoke this morning with the hymn, “Precious Lamb of Glory,” in my head and my heart, I knew immediately that God was up to something good.
If my thoughts are rambling at this point it’s ok. I believe it’s more important to get them down on paper than to impress any editor. My desire with my writing has always been to possibly help someone, somewhere, sometime…. Perhaps today is your sometime, in all likelihood, if I listen to that “still, small voice,” it’s mine.
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