No distrust made him (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Romans 4:13-25 Sometimes the things we desire seem to take forever. Consider Abraham who was 100 years old before Isaac was born. Every day given is a gift and our faith should make us stronger as we breathe in the gratitude of God’s blessing and exhale with praise of his everlasting peace. Abraham’s experience is a lesson in waiting with the confidence that the God of this universe keeps promises. We have a tendency to want to hurry things along. Remember Hagar and Ishmael? Let’s not create more drama than we need. As we wait on God, let’s begin to walk with him as well. WWYD today?
Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. Romans 4:13-25
If we begin to attribute our failure or success to others, we essentially give power and authority to someone other than God. If someone takes credit for our failure or success they are essentially elevating themselves over God. Everything happens for a reason. For those who believe, God has a purpose for our lives and it does not depend on what others can or can not – will or will not do. Know who you are in Christ and give credit where credit is due.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 146:3-4 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Lent: Day 29 – Christians, God has given us ears to hear his voice, eyes to see his face (in the image of each other) and a mouth to proclaim his Word, which reveals his faithfulness and his steadfast love for us. In doing so we give praise glory and honor to his name. Christ continues to be lifted up and is revealed so that those who have not heard, seen nor speak his truth will come to believe. This is all that is required of us, our bodies. When we think of the benefit of peace, strength and courage that we are enduring as we journey in this life lived through Christ we can and will be assured that it is the one sacrifice worth making. Don’t be fooled by what the world values (burnt offerings). To give up material and physical pleasures means nothing, if we are not also willing to live for Christ in our bodies to the glory of God’s name. Praise be to God!
Luke 1:26-38 ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
you have not required.
I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
Hebrews 10:4-10 ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me’…