Friday, September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016: Real-deal Faith

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 274 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Keith and Kristyn Getty performing their song… By Faith , poignantly declaring what we, as Christians, must walk by faith and not by sight.

Highlight Passage: Romans 4:20-22 [NKJV] … 
20 He [ABRAHAM] did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 
… Abraham’s faith was accounted by God to him for his salvation.
Highlight Passage: Romans 4:18-25 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Abraham’s faith was pure and God accounted it unto righteousness.

Reference Passage #1 … 2nd Corinthians 13:5 [NKJV] … 
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 
 … Pop-quiz!! … How’s our faith today?

Reference Passage #2 … Hebrews 11:1 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Only by faith in God does the world make any sense.

My Journal for Today: … Our Daily Bread author, Tim Gustafson, used the faith of Abraham as an exemplar of the faith we, as Christians, should have. He wrote: Nothing Abraham did in his own strength worked. But ultimately he became known as a man of tremendous faith. Paul wrote of him, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be’” (Rom. 4:18). This faith, said Paul, “was credited to him as righteousness” (v. 22). … Abraham’s faith was in something far bigger than himself—the one and only God. It’s the object of our faith that makes all the difference. 

Okay, fellow Christian; … my faith was tested today (see 2Cor. 13:5) by this ODB entry [you can read the whole piece with the link below]. Tim G, the ODB author, took me back to the faith that Abram (who became Abraham, the father of our faith) exhibited before God. Was his faith perfect? Well, duh [!], … NOT!! … But it was the “real-deal;” and God saw that and accounted his faith unto righteousness (or more importantly, … unto salvation). [See the highlight passage above.]

And I firmly believe that my faith (that Hebrews 11:1-3 type of faith) has saved me. Now I pray that it’s strong enough to sustain me and grow me to serve my Lord until He takes me home to be with Him in eternity.

Today’s Prayer: Lord, sustain and grow my faith in You with works I might perform to honor and glorify You. Amen

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