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Got Koi?

Koi are exotic fish that originated in Japan. Japanese revere these fish. Americans have also become intrigued by this unusual species and have started collecting them. They come in at least sixty varieties, and no two fish are ever alike. You can buy one for as little as $7.50 or spend as much as $10,000 for a mature adult.

The most extraordinary feature of these fish is how they grow. They can range in length from a few inches up to three feet. Although they live to be seventy-five years old, their size is determined by the size of the pond they live in. (Bits and Pieces, March 28, 1996, p. 15-17)

The Christian faith is a lot like Koi. How large our faith grows is dependent upon the environment in which we exercise it. God doesn’t grant us faith like a genie from a bottle. He simply dispenses truth and asks, “Do you believe it?”

Because of His great love for us, He allows us to experience times of trial in order to give us an opportunity to put feet on what He is teaching us. As we trust Him and pass the tests along the way our faith grows stronger, and we are able to overcome rather than becoming overwhelmed.

Faith is simply standing on the promises of God. There is no situation so dire that God cannot handle. Our responsibility is to simply find promises in the bible and to stand resolutely upon His trustworthiness and utter faithfulness. “Your love, O lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” (Psalm 36:5)

Walk Worthy,
Pastor Rick

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