BECAUSE OF and BY FAITH- Our Reminders

My morning reading partner, the Holy Spirit, shared with me a reminder from the Book of Hebrews this morning Dec 8, 2012. Yep, you’ve guessed it! Hebrews 11, one of the biggest faith chapters in the bible. Don’t need a dictionary here, the writer makes sure we are aware of what FAITH is.

Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

A verse that really had the boomerang effect this morning. Let me share verse 13 with you: All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.

Do you realize that this verse is telling us who are Christians that because of faith, God‘s promise to us will never be void, even unto the grave? What a great reminder and eye opener! Lord have mercy Jesus!

Let’s take a look and read along in your bible the verses relating to each found throughout the bible, as to what happened because of and by faith. Ok, lovebirds, pull out the bible or read along online.

  • The universe was formed
  • Abel had a better offering for God, and by faith Abel still speaks even though he is dead.
  • Enoch escaped the death experience. Because of his faith, he pleased God
  • Noah by faith heeded God’s warning and lived with all kinds of animals on an ark.  😛
  • Abraham by faith obeyed God without hesitation
  • Sarah by faith, was able to bear children past the given childbearing age. (A reminder that  with faith , ANY and EVERYTHING is possible with God.)
  • Abraham, because of faith offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Is this something you could ever bring yourself to do, offer up your child as a scarifice to God? Do you have that much faith?
  • Isaac lived because of faith, and by faith he blessed his son’s Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

Note to self-  Noticed faith appears to be generational and a big concern for the future of their children.

  • Jacob, by faith on his deathbed blessed each of his grandchildren born of Joseph, and  worshipped the Lord.
  • Joseph “when his end was near” because of his faith spoke aforetime about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. (Hmmm, do you have this type of faith?)
  • Moses‘ parents by faith hid him and was not afraid of the king’s ruling during that time.
  • Moses by faith refused to be recognized as the son of a pharoah, chose to be treated as a  slave, left Egypt, kept the Passover, regarded disgrace in the name of and for God, and was able to give the commandments of God to God’s people.
  • The walls of Jericho fell (Can you imagine tons of stones broken only because of faith and never touched?)
  • Rahab the prostitute, because of faith, she helped people of God and I just know her name is written in the Book of Life.
  • Because of faith, there were those who “conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, escaped the edge of a sword, weakness became strength,received back their dead ” and even survived being in the belly of a big fish, and it goes on and on folks.- Reference all books of the bible.

And I want to add, that by faith, Joseph stayed with Mary, knowing he wasn’t the “biological father” of our greatest Believer and Trustee of Faith, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Closing Verses

Hebrews 11:39-40 – These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:6 –  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

And now my beautiful people  in Jesus, may you all have a blessed and faith filled Saturday.  Off to shoe hunting I go.  By faith I shall find the perfect shoe within 30 minutes time that I can walk around in and praise the Lord while I’m living in the Holy City.  Faith prepares you.

The writer of Hebrews reminds us of two caveats (possibly caviar for you seafood lovers…wink wink) concerning faith;

“BE SURE” and “BE CERTAIN”.

Thank you for spending time with me and the Lord this morning on the great reminder of what happens Because of and By Faith.

Love Covers A Multitude of Sins

 

The Thing to Confess To God and Why-My Thoughts- Part 2

Psalm 51 (Continued)

ADMIT IT TO GOD

3 For I acknowledge my sin is ever before me.

4 Against You, You only have I sinned and done this evil in Your sight- That You may be found just when You speak and blameless when You judge

First, My Good Ranting

Why

Unconfessed sin separates us further away from God. If we try to hide our sin, I firmly believe we are keeping blessings away and neglecting the will of God our Father. Remember Adam and Cain, what happened when they tried to hide and not confess? We are lying to God, if we do not confess and are cast off from him. See what Isaiah has to say below. He knows we are all sinners. Even though God knows all, He is waiting for us, His children, to acknowledge so that we KNOW in our heart and soul WE did wrong and truly want to change. It all goes back to the condition of our heart. (See post-Guarding Your Heart https://talkativeangel.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/guarding-your-heart-my-thoughts-16-2/)

We can’t seek His kingdom and righteousness when in denial with self. Jesus tells us to seek His kingdom in Matthew 6:33. (Please read at your leisure) If we confess, and do right, He forgives us and we are covered as long as we stop committing the sin. Wow, we have so much work to do with self, don’t we, with even the smallest of sin? No matter how large or how small it is per our perception, God sees any sin as SIN

Pray and CONFESS!  It is my belief that God’s forgiveness of our sins is one of the most important and loving gifts He gives.

Biblical Reasons

  • Psalm 32:1- Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven whose sin is covered
  • Psalm 32:2- Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity and in whose spirit there is no guile.
  • Jeremiah 3:11-13- Then the Lord said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.  Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the Lord; ‘I will not remain angry forever.  Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God,
  • Acts 3:19- Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
  • Ephesians 1:4- just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
  • Job 8:20- Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, Nor will He uphold the evildoers.
  • Isaiah 59:2-3 – But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity.
  • Isaiah 59:9- Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness.
  • Proverbs 28:13- He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
  • 1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and so cleanse us from our unrighteousness.

My Conclusion

Matthew 7:21-23-21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Believe What Jesus Said

With those verses in mind spoken by Jesus Himself, I encourage us all to confess our sins to God, and pray for Him to guide our heart that we may follow the teachings of Jesus and be able to enter His kingdom of heaven. Without confession, how will you know to do His will? If you don’t know His will, you are indeed lawless, right? Remember any sin committed, you have not only committed it against self and another, but God Himself.  Think on these questions to have an idea of how He feels. You know the feeling, if you have kids who have not confessed a wrongdoing to you that you know about? You know the feeling if you have a spouse or significant other who has wronged you and not confessed? You know the feeling when you know you have been treated unfairly and wronged by others, but they never admit to their wrongdoing?

AND NOW I’LL SHUT IT.  SETTLE YOUR ISSUES WITH GOD FIRST.  🙂  😛

 

LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS