Tag: Claude Houde

Contagious Faith

Claude Houde Imageby Claude Houde

For far too long in many evangelical churches, a pathetic and syrupy attitude of false humility excused, justified and encouraged Christians to say, “Don’t look at me! Don’t look to man, look to God alone!” Let me make myself clear. It is right, healthy and scriptural to keep our focus, our devotion and ultimate trust, in God and God alone. Men will always be fallible and imperfect; they can disappoint and wound us. The apostle Paul reminds us that the eternal and perfect treasures of God’s Kingdom are carried and lived out in vessels of clay, humanity and human frailty and imperfections (see 2 Corinthians 4:7).

However, the time of ignoring and turning our back on our responsibility and supreme biblical calling to communicate faith, love, forgiveness, purity, generosity and a passionate heart for God and His house to our children and loved ones must come to an end. Without arrogance or pretension, but rather by possessing an inner and acute spiritual sense of dependence on God, the apostle Paul passionately invited young believers who surrounded him,

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1, ESV).

Paul later said to Timothy,

“What you have heard from me . . . entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2, ESV).

We must begin to see ourselves this way. When we realize and come to grips with the significance of our lives, the immeasurable possibility of influence that we all carry in us, a cry rises from the depth of our souls toward our God: “O Lord, increase our faith!” Dear reader, let me say it to you this way: Every one of us is to be contagious!

Let me ask you this question: What do your values, passions and priorities communicate to those who are watching you walk and talk in your everyday life? Let me ask you straight up, if I hang around with you, learn from you and imitate you, what will I “catch”? You know as well as I do that some men’s and women’s faith, love, joy and passion is communicative. To be near them does us good, inspires us, heals us and reconciles us with the human race! We love being around them and thank God for their faith that produces hope and propels us toward new heights of desires, commitments and possibilities in God.

by Claude Houde

HT David Wilkerson

Imitate Their Faith

Gods Word Imageby Claude Houde

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:7-8, NIV).

I often have tears in my eyes when I meditate on this passage and its ramifications. I solemnly address every parent, pastor, mature Christian and person in a position of influence who is reading these words. Do you realize that this passage states that God’s people (our children, family, friends and every precious soul our Lord puts in our path) must be able to look at our faith and trust in God through every trial and storm, in our deepest values, passion, reactions, decisions and true priorities and literally imitate our faith? This unchangeable and remarkable principle means that my life must become a testimony, a proclamation and irrefutable proof that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

God wants my faith and my trust in Him to plead with everyone who is watching my life—and is tempted to drift away—to believe that God is faithful, He never changes, and he who trusts in Him will never be disappointed! God wants your children and mine to testify to their friends that it is “by watching my mom and dad living their faith, day in and day out, through the terrible tragedies and trials of their lives, through every pain and pressure, that I have decided to live for God. My parents’ faith proved to me that God is alive and is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
It is of supreme importance for every believer to realize that he possesses a sphere of influence that is uniquely his. We each have people we can touch or influence, a work to complete or a purpose to accomplish that no one else can. Dear reader, the people God predestined to be influenced by you—the eternal destiny you were called to fulfill—the greatest man of God in the world cannot do! It is your faith that must produce the fruit of confidence in God in the people who surround you.

by Claude Houde

HT David Wilkerson