Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring - not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. (Romans 4:16)
Faith and grace are so inter-linked in everything concerning the life of a believer. Even regarding salvation, the Apostle Paul writes to the Church at Ephesus:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)
Salvation is the most precious gift from God, but there are other wonderful gifts, which result from our latching on to the promises of God in his Word.
Regarding Abraham, Paul writes,
If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about - but not before God. What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." (Romans 4:2,3)
It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. (Romans 4:13)
So it was neither through works or the law that Abraham was justified. It was because he believed God. That was credited to him as righteousness.
Romans 4:17 is a wonderful verse which speaks of El Shaddai- God Almighty and his unsurpassed greatness.
.....He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed - the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. (Romans 4:17)
Do you believe that you serve Him who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were? If yes, your faith will be credited as righteousness and you will see the mighty acts of God throughout your life as a believer. God bless you.
Elisha said, "Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria." (2 Kings 7:1)
The Israelites were in dire straits. The famine was taking it's toll. People were eating anything that they could lay their hands on. Some had even resorted to cannibalism. The king was desperate. He laid all the blame on the prophet Elisha and wanted him killed. In the midst of all this chaos, the merciful Lord gave a wonderful prophecy through the prophet Elisha promising food for all in 24 hours time.
People couldn't believe their ears. Some kept quiet, but one with unbelief spoke and that resulted in his death.
The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, "Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?" "You will see it with your own eyes," answered Elisha, "but you will not eat any of it!" (2 Kings 7:2)
Suppose in the midst of a great crisis, whatever it be, the Lord speaks to you and says, "I will deliver you in a day's time", would you believe it?
Faith would say, "Yes Lord, you are mighty to save, even this moment." and wait for the miracle praising God till it happened.
On the other hand, unbelief would see one questioning the validity of the voice or reason in human terms regarding whether this was possible after all.
God is faithful and once he promises, he never goes back on it. He sees to it that he fulfills his promise.
What Elisha said came true. God used 4 lepers to fulfill his promise.
Wait for the miracle. Praise God for it. Don't worry about how it will come to pass. God has more than a 1000 ways to do everything. He will bring it to pass. God bless you.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:7,8)
O Dear Jesus, If only you answered my prayers! is a heart cry that often goes out from our beings. We pray and then wait, thinking of what the delay is all about when we do not see the answer to our prayers.
But Jesus promises us that he will not keep putting us off. He will see that we get justice...and how? Quickly, of course!
What have you been praying to the Lord and now are waiting for him to answer? Take heart, for the promise that you read now is just for you. God is about to bring justice for you, his chosen one.
Do you believe that he is able to do what you have asked for? If yes, then you will see his miraculous power manifest in your life once again. God loves you and because of that he sent his only son Jesus to the cross, so that you may be able to experience the eternal riches of his love. The Bible says,
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
So be strengthened this day dear brother/sister, for the Lord is about to answer your prayers in a way that only he can. God bless you.
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Revelation 21:5)
The term "Everything new" is kind of "exciting", especially at the beginning of a new year. So what's in store for you and for me in the next 365 days? Not many of us can see that far I guess, but whatever it be, let it be good and let there be ample things that bring peace and joy.
John the Apostle, heard God saying that he was making all things new. And then the Lord said, "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son." (Revelation 21:6,7)
We have been chosen by God Almighty to inherit great things. But what he wants of us has been clearly written in his Word..The Bible.
Here are a couple of verses that gives the picture....
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1,2)
Written by Apostle Paul to the believers in Rome, the above verses are as good for our lives now as it was for the believers then.
So shall we renew our committment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, this first day of the new year?
Remember that you have been chosen to inherit heaven and its blessings, so let your walk be worthy of it. God bless you.