Faith in the Promise

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Good Morning! “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:13-16 NLT. 

Several years ago, I was looking for the perfect home. A home that would fit the needs of my family, one that would allow enough entertainment space for parties and intimate gatherings. From model home to new construction, I thought I would have everything I dreamed of in a home. Finally, the day came to secure the lot and obtain a move-in date when the builder said we are at least three months behind.

Three months…oh no, that will never do. My current home was on the 5th day of a 30 day escrow. Frantically, the search for another home was underway. In prayer, I could hear the spirit say, our home is waiting, and it was. It was in the same community for $130,000.00 less. While I like my home, I know this one is only temporary.

Brothers and sisters don’t get too comfortable here, for in a little while we will be home. Our perfect home is waiting. Our move-in date is already set. All the riches of the kingdom are in place. In the meantime, stay focused, there is work to do. There are others who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Will you share it with them?

Lord God,  thank you for preparing a place for us. Thank you for the reminder that this earthly place is only a temporary home. As foreigners in this land, help us to impact the culture with your love, grace and mercy. Help us as we go throughout the day to be examples of Christ. As we hope and long for our forever home, keep us steadfast on the journey and focused on you. Create in us a boldness to share the gospel and to live a life that is pleasing to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!

By Faith – Believe

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Good morning! “It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.” Hebrews 11:11-12 NLT 

Sarah struggled with the initial promise because it took years for her to conceive. She was so uncertain of the promise that she took her marriage into her own hands and later resented her actions. Yet, the Lord was good. He fulfilled his promises in spite of the past mistakes Sarah made. He did what he said he would do.

There will be times that we may fall short, but have faith anyway. There maybe times when life is not what you expect it to be, but have faith anyway. You can trust God at his word to do what he says he will do.

Are you struggling with a situation today or with your faith? Tell the Lord what it is and prayerfully seek him.

Father God, we come to you today in faith believing your word/promises are true. We are challenged by things on our left and our right, however help us to fix our eyes straight ahead – focused on you. Guide our thoughts, calm our raging emotions, and remind us of your faithfulness. Help us to recall each time you helped us to overcome. Help us to recall the days when we didn’t think we could make it, yet we did because of you. Lord, keep us today as only you can. Be with our families and direct our steps. Lord, be with our country and other nations that are facing difficulties. Help your righteous to stand in the gap and be your hands and feet. Use us Lord. In Jesus name, amen.

Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!

By Faith – Obedience

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Happy Monday! “It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” Hebrews 11:7-10NLT.

Having faith in God doesn’t mean everyone will understand or agree with what God is calling you to do, but do it anyway. The reward is too great and important to allow someone else’s opinion or fears to take the place of God’s direction for your life – they’re not God and there is a reason why God gave you a particular task. Stand firm in your faith. Do what God has called you to do.

Father God, we thank you for these examples of obedience and faith. Lord, you called these two men to follow you and you blessed them. Lord, just as you have called us, help us to embrace the call on our lives and to live in faith. Help us to step out the boat or follow you to a place you will show us. Help us to listen intently to your words and gather our thoughts to be aligned with yours. Give us strength, peace and release us from things that do not please you. Continue to build our faith. In Jesus name, Amen!

Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!

By Faith – Righteous and Pleasing

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Happy Friday! “It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:4-6 NLT

They were both recognized for their faith, one because he was a righteous man and the other because he pleased God.

Do you believe God rewards those who sincerely seek him? If so, take sometime this weekend to sincerely seek God. Whether you seek him in prayer, in quiet time reading his word for yourself, attending a church service or watching one on tv or on the internet, seek him.

Dear Lord, we know that you know we aren’t perfect. We also know that you know we are all a work in progress. While all that is true, Lord, we thank you for your grace and mercy that gives us an opportunity to accept you into our hearts and minds, and for your willingness to transform us into righteous and pleasing children of God who have faith in you. Lord, continue your work in and through us. Help us when our faith is weak. Touch our tongues and our hands so that whatever we say or do will be pleasing to you. In Jesus name, amen.

Keep seeking God’s truth! Keep trusting God’s word! Keep praying!

Enjoy your weekend.

 

What We Hope For

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Good morning! We are starting Hebrews chapter 11-Faith. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” Hebrews 11:1-3NLT

Faith in humankind may disappoint us. Believing someone at their word may disappoint us. However, the truth of God’s word and his promises do not. While things may not occur in our time, the God we serve is God all by himself and he knows how to take care of us. We can trust the One who formed the entire world to transform us into faithful followers of Christ.

I spoke to my aunt on Sunday and she was sharing a story with me. She had asked someone the question: What are you believing God for today?

Today I challenge you with the same question: What are you believing God for today? ________

Father God, thank you for being faithful. Thank you for your promises and for proving over and over again that you can be trusted. Lord, as we put our faith in you, develop our thoughts, help us to recognize your voice and direct our feet to follow your path for our lives. As we go through Hebrews chapter 11, equip us with the knowledge and the will to walk by faith each day of our lives. Help us to see you at work in this chapter and in our lives. Continue to strengthen our faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!

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