Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18 2014 … Faith Tested Everyday!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 230

Devotional Song: Go to this link -  and take the time to see a lyrical video of an anonymous praise group singing the classic hymn written by Fanny Crosby in 1873 … Blessed Assurance - Jesus Is Mine, proclaiming the reality that we can await, IN FAITH, all the promises wrought on the cross by our Savior. The question is … IS THAT OUR STORY … of faith as we await His coming again??

Highlight Passage: Revelation 22: 20 … [NKJV] …
20 “ … He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” … 
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Revelation 22: 12-22 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #1 - NKJV: 2nd Corinthians 13: 5-6 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK
… Paul’s challenge for believers to test their faith…

Reference Passage #2 - NKJV: Hebrews 11: 1-3 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  From the well-known HALL OF FAITH chapter …

Reference Passage #3 - NKJV: James 1: 2-7 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  Faith tested and preserved = patience realized …

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Phillip Yancey, opened with an illustrative story of how some POWs in WW 2 rigged a radio in prison at the end of the war and learned about the end of the WW2 four days before the prison officials. They were celebrating, with this knowledge, knowing that they would be free, when several days after the revelation the prison guards and officials had vanished from the prison, learning what the POWs already knew.

The Apostle Paul, knowing what he knew about Jesus’ second coming challenged believers in the 1st Century to test their faith [see 2nd Cor. 13: 5-6 linked above] to see if they (and we) were ready for Jesus’ coming for His Bride. The whole of Revelation is Jesus’ calling his Church to be ready for His coming as the Bridegroom for His bride. And at the end of this vision imparted to John, we read of the beloved Apostle declaring, “Even so, come again, Lord Jesus!” 

Are we ready for our Lord to come - maybe today … maybe tomorrow … maybe in our grandkids lifetime; but do we really believe, in testing our faith today by what we think, say, and do, that HE IS COMING!!

I believe it! How about you? … BUT … are we living that in the glory of that realized faith?

My Prayer for Today … Lord, do come again soon, dear Jesus! … Amen

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