Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

23
Oct

Joshua 6

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You see in this portion the consequences of faith and obedience.  It was faith in My Word that enabled My people to obey Me and to experience the wonder of My power to give their enemies into their hands.  It was faith that brought Rahab to place into the hands of the spies and into the hands of the Israelites the safety and the destiny of her own life and that of her family.  And is it not unbelief and lack of faith that brought and still brings disobedience to My Word?  And is not the consequence of disobedience, defeat and shame and even destruction?  Consider the contrast, the amazing contrast between that faith which was exercised by Rahab. for she believed the report of what I had done for and through My people, even though all the circumstances of her life before that time would seemingly worked against that faith.  Nonetheless she trusted, and that little bit of faith not only saved her and her whole family, but placed her among My people as the forbearer of My servant David and of My Son.  And in contrast, Achan and his family had seen and heard the very wonders and manifestations of My power and My truth in behalf of My people.  And yet the treasures of this world seduced their hearts to disobey and to sin.  And the consequences of their sin brought defeat and death and an everlasting testimony of the cost of disobedience.  And is it not so today that the same blessing would attend if My people would truly believe and obey My Word?  Are not the consequences of unbelief and disobedience glaringly demonstrated by the protracted defeat, shame and continued destruction that are the inevitable consequences of unbelief and disobedience?  And so is it not only for the nation, but for every individual whether they would act in faith and obedience, or unbelief and disobedience?

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23
Oct

John 4:43-54

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You see that the official approached My Son out of desperation, for his son was near death and had a sickness that was beyond the power of man to heal.  And you see that My Son’s words tested him, because the majority of those who came to him were demanding or at least desirous of seeing miracles.  But in the face of this test, this man insisted that My Son as far as he was concerned was the only hope for the sparing of the life of his child.  Are you not surprised that My Son said to him that he could go back to his home because his son would live?  And you see that the man took My Son at His word and departed.  What does this indicate?  Does it not show that there was something more than desperation that was working in the official’s heart, for he not only begged My Son to come and heal his son, but he put his trust in My Son’s word without the evidence of a miracle?  Then ultimately you see that his faith did not depend on the evidence of a miraculous work, but rather upon the word of My Son.  And you see that initial faith was carried farther, so that he and his household believed in and became followers of My Son.  It was not the desperation alone or the interest in seeing a miracle performed that secured not only the healing of the son who was near to death, but the on going faith of the official and his whole household to become followers of My Son.  And you see that the test that My Son laid before this man was intended to determine whether the official’s appeal was merely out of desperation, or one of genuine faith.  I want you to understand that desperation is not necessarily a bad thing, for when it is mingled with faith it can not only gain a response that resolves a desperate situation, but it can also be the spring board to an even greater step of faith.  You do not know the fruit of those who may come for help to My Son or to you as His representative.  But it will be surely seen whether their coming is out of mere desperation or even a desire to see a miracle, or whether it is also mingled with genuine faith, even if that faith initially is only born out of the desperation.  I point this out to you so that you may be confident that My work in the heart or the lack of it will certainly be manifest by tests and by time.

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20
Jun

Bible Devotions From Romans 4

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You haven’t just been called to be saved by faith, but you, having been saved by faith, are also called to live by faith. In this portion My servant Paul is not only declaring that Abraham was made righteous through faith, but he is declaring that Abraham, having received the gift of righteousness, continued to walk by faith. And you see both from Abraham’s life and from the record of all those who walked by faith that there were and still are great challenges and tests for the one who is called to live this way. For Abraham it was a matter of knowing that I am the one who gives life to the dead and who calls into being that which does not exist.

Recall that it declares that Abraham believed Me and was thus reckoned as righteous. But what did he believe? Was it not My promise that I would make of him a great nation, give to his descendants a specific land and through him and his descendents bless all of the nations. Now you know from the record that none of these promises came to pass quickly. In fact one promise that declared that it was through his offspring a nation would be born and all nations would be blessed lingered year upon year in being fulfilled. And you know that this seeming delay was a great test to Abraham and Sarah. And as that promise was given when he was quite old, the very nature of his condition seemed to deny the possibility of its fulfillment.

But Abraham had chosen to believe that I am the one who gives life to the dead and who calls into being that which does not exist. And the word of this portion declares that in hope against hope he believed. Even as he considered his own advanced years and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, he made a choice to believe, to trust Me. It declares here that in doing this he was fully assured that what I had promised I was able to perform. I want you to recognize that though many years have passed and many changes outwardly have taken place in the world, that faith, and all that it is and all that is required to walk by it is the same for you today as it was for your father Abraham long ago. And this means that you like your father Abraham will always face the challenge of considering circumstances which seem to contradict what I have promised and seem to deny the possibility of its fulfillment. Yet am I not the same for you as I was for Abraham? Can you not believe as he did that I am He who gives life from the dead and calls into being that which does not exist? Can you not see from this that genuine faith will always be challenged by seemingly contradictory circumstances always, I say again always looks beyond those seemingly contradictory circumstances and considers who I am and what I can do, resting finally in that consideration and that alone? And this is not only what Abraham did, but what you can do as you are called as he was to walk by faith.

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