Sunday, March 15, 2015

4th Sunday in Lent - By Faith

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV


During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt


God will match your doubt with a revelation of Himself                                        that can convince you of His faithfulness.  Blackaby                                                                     
“By faith… 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, became valiant in battle, turned to flight whole armies…” Hebrews 11

Bible scholars describe the 11th chapter of Hebrews as the “Hall of Fame” of the Old Testament’s faithful men and women. Their lives have become stories of faith that stand in sharp contrast to those whose lives reflect disobedience and rebellion against God. Trusting in the faithfulness of God provides them assurance, a hope for their future, hope that God’s promises will be fulfilled. To understand this kind of faith, to live this depth of faith, there must be a belief in the infinite and invisible God as the Creator, God Almighty, Jehovah, Immanuel. Yahweh is the great I AM, the faithful God who never changes, whose promises never fail.

Take time to read this whole chapter; you will recognize names, places, stories. While these often life-threatening situations test their strength, will, flesh, and endurance, God provides; yet, even receiving God’s approval, none of them received all that God had promised. Through the Messiah, along with all those who stand faithful with Christ, these heroes of faith will receive God’s reward. God’s plan offers a greater grace, includes the Gentile people, creates one body of believers. God’s holy love gives us the gift of faith, then wraps it with Grace. Now, our lives must become new stories of faith, teaching others why to believe and when to trust and how to endure.

Yahweh – the beginning of all things, the God of everlasting hope – help me unwrap my gift of faith to bring You glory. Help me tell Your story of love with my life. Great is Your faithfulness! Hallelujah!  -dho



Focus Point: God’s holy love gives us the gift of faith, then wraps it with Grace. Now, our lives must become new stories of faith, teaching others why to believe and when to trust and how to endure.

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