We the People…..

We stand accepted among God‘s elect.Romans 11:5Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. , 19: “Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace . . . Because of unbelief they [disobedient Israelites] were broken off, and you stand by faith”  (see also 2 Corinthians 1:24Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand..

 We obey God.Hebrews 11:8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.   “By faith  Abraham obeyed . . .”

   We conduct ourselves as God directs—not according to our own perception.2 Corinthians 5:7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) : “For we walk by faith,  not by sight.”

We come confidently before God.Ephesians 3:12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. : “. . . In whom [Christ] we have boldness and access with confidence through faith  in Him.”

 We expect and experience miracles.  Matthew 17:20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. .: “For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith  as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (see also Mark 9:23Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. ).

 We are healed.Acts 3:16And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. :

“And His [Jesus’] name, through faith  in His name, has made this man strong . . . Yes, the faith  which comes through Him has given  him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (compare Mark 5:34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. ; James 5:15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. ).

 We have courage to endure trials and receive God’s promises.Hebrews 11:33-34 [33] Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, [34] Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
“. . . Who through faith  subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong . . .”

We overcome the world.1 John 5:4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. : “And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

We inherit the promises of God.Hebrews 6:12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  “. . . That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith  and patience inherit the promises.”

 We ultimately receive salvation.1 Peter 1:7-9 [7] That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: [8] Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: [9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing,  you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith —the salvation of your souls.”

We are given eternal life.John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes  in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (see also verse 15).


Understanding Faith….

Since most people don’t read the Bible, they know little about God. Many aren’t even sure whether God is real. What about you? What kind of faith do you have? Do you want to have more? Do you understand what faith really is?

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. See All…, New International Version).

Do you see much faith in the world around you? Much of society today is secular-oriented and virtually devoid of faith. Since most people don’t read the Bible, they don’t know much about the true God.

Many are not even sure there is  a God. Others, although they believe in Him, don’t know what kind of God He is. This situation shouldn’t surprise us. After all, it’s impossible for people to have living faith in a God they don’t know or even know much about.

What about you? Have you thought about—do you know —what God is able and willing to do for you?

The God of the Bible tells us that we can come to know and develop a relationship with Him. We can know what He has planned for us and our families in this life and in the future. We can rest assured that He wants good things for us. His Word tells us that “godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is  and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. See All…, emphasis added throughout).

Not only can we come to know God, to believe  in  God, but—much more—we can learn to believe  God.

There is a huge difference. Many people believe in  God. They assume He exists, although they probably haven’t given His existence much thought. But God is not real enough to them, and this lack of reality affects what they think and do.

To believe  God, on the other hand, is to have faith that God can and will do for us whatever He has promised to do.  The Bible tells us that the ancient patriarch Abraham “believed God” and explains that “he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to [and would] perform” (Romans 4:3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. See All…, 20-21).

God expects us to act  on this trusting belief. He requires that we have living faith  in His existence, power and promises.

Faith isn’t some magical ingredient. It does, however, lead to a confident attitude toward God. Faith motivates our minds to the assurance of God’s power and will to act in our lives. Faith becomes more than a mental conviction as it grows into a commitment—not only to trust God to involve Himself in our lives but, with His help, to do His will. We can rest assured that God’s will does not include frivolous or unproductive behavior—only, as we saw above, “godliness [that] is profitable for all things.”


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Wounded in the “Wild”-erness

Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8, NLT).

One of the great mysteries is why the perfect Son of God had to learn obedience through suffering. However, it is through His example that we learn to process the wounds of life as we march through our wilderness experiences. To think that, as Christians, we are exempt from the sufferings of life is naive and unscriptural. The goal of our heavenly Father is to develop us; unfortunately, this is often accomplished through our suffering, just as it was in the life of His Son. The good news is that we don’t have to be nailed to a cross; Jesus did that for us.

As in the life of Christ, suffering often comes through those that we love. Remember, His family thought He was out of His mind and actually wanted Him removed from the ministry that He was doing. Mark 3:21 says, “When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. ‘He’s out of his mind,’ they said” (NLT). At another time Jesus said, “A man’s foes shall be they of his own household” (Matthew 10:36).

It is not unusual for our greatest pain to come from those we least expect: our church, family and our friends. Our responses range from desiring to run, needing validation for our position, looking for justification for our anger, and, ultimately, retaliating. After all, we are all “right” in our own eyes. Let’s be honest—it is easy to rehearse our pain to whomever will listen, which reinforces our right to wallow in our wounds. While these are natural responses, God wants us to stand still and learn obedience by letting His hand work in our lives.

Pain is frequently the result of misunderstanding, personal agendas, and personality clashes. Then there are the deep wounds in life such as the loss of a child, a spouse, a loved one, or a friend. There are financial losses, the loss of physical or mental health, and so many more. In my life, it was the pain inflicted by a friend that brought the crushing blow. Throughout the process, I was reminded that the crushing of a flower produces the sweetest fragrance.

The learning and healing process begins when we say, “Father, let this suffering produce obedience through forgiveness which will bring forth a sweet-smelling savor to you, Lord, a fragrant aroma to remain with me throughout my life.” When we allow God to do His perfect work in us, we can avoid the root of bitterness and the spirit of vindictiveness. We must leave the justice to God while we seek the lesson of obedience to the will of our heavenly Father.

“Father, thank you for the powerful example of your Son, who learned obedience through His suffering; may I, as Your servant, also learn to walk in obedience through the sufferings of my life. I place myself upon the altar to sacrifice my fleshly hurts and wounded emotions. Help me to extend forgiveness to those who need love and mercy. Amen.”