Living By Faith

“Behold, his soul which is proud is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4

Another version of the well-known scripture above says:

“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. Habakkuk 2:4 New Living Translation

What does this mean? Simply put, the righteous person, the one who is justified and put in right-standing with God through belief in His Son Jesus– this person lives a life of faith and trust in God.

The Christian life is walked out daily, living in communion with Christ, with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. We seek His way, learning what pleases God as we allow our thoughts to be transformed by the truth found in God’s word.

This takes time. Our relationship with the Father, through Christ, is built through time spent with Him in prayer, studying God’s word and by asking the Holy Spirit to help us understand it.

We confess our sins when we commit them, fully trusting that God is faithful to forgive us each and every time.

And so, as we go on growing in Christ, we grow in faith, trusting that what God say’s is true, even when our eyes see evidence to the contrary:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

God is faithful to His promises. He is faithful…period. Trust Him and experience the peace and freedom that comes from of life well-lived in faith.

Blessings ❤

 

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Final Hope

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We all want hope in the end…in our final outcome. We want to know that the pain and struggle was all worth it…that it meant something.

God wants your life to count for something, too. He wants you to have hope…hope that doesn’t fade, that isn’t misplaced or meaningless:

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

“Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.

“Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11-13 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition 

As Jesus was dying on the cross, He cried out with a loud voice:

“Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit!”

and after he said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46)

As Jesus took His last breath, His faith & trust in His Father’s undying love was absolute. Jesus chose to give up his life as an offering,as a perfect sacrifice, so that we – imperfect, impure, without hope, could have hope in our final outcome.

Through His mercy, love and grace we, too, can come to the cross and say without fear, “Father, into Your hands I entrust my spirit.”

Blessings & peace to you today…and every day ❤

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Bless the Lord, O my soul…

I want you to focus on how many times the word “all” is used in this faith-increasing Psalm. Not only the number of times, but the object and context of “all” throughout this beautiful passage.

Read about God’s faithfulness, His character, His acts of compassion, His mercy & His kindness highlighted throughout this song of worship, exhortation & praise.

You are not too far gone, you are not without hope…if your hope is in the Lord.

Blessings ❤

Psalm 103

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

I am the Lord that healeth thee

The Power of Humility

This post is a continuation of the last one titled Let Him Be Lord

The theme threading through both posts is humility before God, or the act of humbling oneself:

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 ESV

Definition of humility

  1. :  freedom from pride or arrogance :  the quality or state of being humble : i.e. …accepted the honor with humility; The ordeal taught her humility.

We are going to go through times and seasons of pruning, spiritually speaking. We all have things that need to be trimmed back, shaped and tended in our lives, so the fruit of God will be evident for all to see.

Pruning is a good thing…really. Have you ever driven past someone’s house with a untended yard or overgrown trees? Weeds are everywhere, the grass hasn’t been mowed in months and little creatures are beginning to take up residence. It’s not pretty. But when you see a home with healthy green grass, beautifully shaped trees and artfully planted flowers, you admire the view, knowing that the homeowner has invested time & effort into their landscape.

For us as Christians, as children of God, the pruning process begins with forgiveness, and forgiveness is rooted in humility. Instead of looking at the people around us and judging their lives harshly, we should always look to our own, knowing that without God’s mercy and grace we would be lost:

“He (Jesus) also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:9-14 ESV

God will forgive you. Humble yourself before Him and He will lift you back up, stronger, healthier and more beautiful than you were before.

Blessings ❤

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