Galatians 3:9 Do You Rely On Faith?

So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9

Everyone has at least some faith in something. Most people have faith in a chair, that when they sit down on it, it will hold them correctly. Very few will test the chair each and every time to determine if it will be safe to sit upon it.

The more someone uses something, the more faith he will have in it. The things someone has never tried before weakens his faith in it. He questions its reliability, until he has tried and proven it.

Paul begins talking to the Galatians about the difference of faith and works. Relying upon faith will cause one to be blessed as Abraham was.

Faith is trusting in something that cannot be directly seen. One can see a chair, but until he sits in it, he cannot know for fact that it will hold him. He has to have trust (faith) that it will hold him. If he puts extra supports on the chair prior to trying it out, he does not have faith in the chair.

Many people claim to have faith in Jesus, but then work hard to gain God’s support. They do many good works to look good to God. They focus on the do and don’t of the law, rather than the relationship and faith in what Jesus did. They immediately condemn themselves when they slip up and sin, rather than trusting Jesus and repenting.

Jesus promised forgiveness of all sins when one would repent. He promised to give the believer life, eternal life, just by believing in Him and obeying Him.

Those who rely upon their faith in Jesus and what He did will be forgiven and saved for eternity. It does not take anything else.

Ask yourself what are you relying upon for your salvation. Are you working hard to gain God’s approval? Or are you trusting in what Jesus did?

Trust in Jesus, have faith in Him and then step out in obedience to what God has said to do. Your faith will save you. Your obedience and works show that you have faith and trust Him.

One way is believing in self and works, while the other is relying on faith in what Jesus did and proving your faith. Are you being blessed as Abraham was?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did and promised; that you will rely upon faith in Jesus; and that you will know the blessings of having faith in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 7:1 The Real Reason Why

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

People try to cleanse their body of physical contaminates for many different reasons. Some are just trying to make themselves look better. Others do it to lose weight. Some will do it for more energy.

Each person is different in what motivates them to do what they do, especially when it is something difficult to do. This works in both physical and spiritual cleansing that people attempt. Most often the reason is for selfish, personal reasons.

After telling the Corinthian church about the promises of reconciliation and a new body, Paul tells them to purify themselves of anything that contaminates the body and spirit. The reason is because of the promises of God and out of reverence for God.

It is very common for believers to flee from certain sins or bad foods to keep themselves clean. However, many will do it in order to look good to others or to make God happy with them. When it is done for these reasons, it is done for the wrong purpose.

Jesus had already paid the price for the believer to be holy before God. What one does cannot add to it any more. But it is for this very reason that the believer should strive to flee sin and anything that contaminates his body or soul. It completely for the reason that God promised forgiveness and salvation in Jesus, that one will purify himself.

Acting in this way is what shows gratefulness to Jesus for what He did and gratefulness to God for His promises. It is not about self, but about what God has done and has promised.

As a believer, think about all the promises God has promised you. Every one of those promises are for you to hold on to. Also think about what Jesus has done for you with paying the price for your sins.

Now ask yourself how you will show your gratitude for what God has done and has promised. The best way to show your gratitude is to keep yourself pure from all sin and contamination of body and soul.

Purification from these things for any other reason will be selfish and legalistic. Make your whole purpose of living a holy life because of what God has promised you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live a holy life as God has called you to live; that you will be grateful for what God has done for you; that you will live in holy reverence for God; and that God will strengthen you to flee all sin.

John 16:33 Peace During Promised Trouble

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Each and nearly every day, people have some sort of trouble or problem in their lives. For most people their day to day troubles are often small. Small troubles such as being behind a slow person on the road, deciding which meal to make, choosing what to wear, or some other small choice.

For many others, their troubles can be gigantic, such as car breaking down, finding food to be able to eat, finding a place to sleep, health issues or more.

Jesus promised the disciples that they would have trouble. He also told them they could have peace in spite of the troubles because He had overcome the world.

Some believers often believe that when they began to follow Jesus that all of their troubles would go away. They believed that God would remove all trouble in this life.

In believing this way, many get discouraged and angry with God when they have to face many troubles. In reality when one becomes a believer, the troubles often double. They have all the normal troubles of life that most people have, plus they have persecution troubles.

Despite all of these troubles, the believer can have a supernatural peace. This peace comes from knowing that Jesus had already told about these troubles and that He has already overcome them and the world.

Despite all of the troubles, the believer can know that God loves him, forgiven him and will save him in the end. When all is said and done, there is eternity with God to look forward to. This brings a peace that the world cannot know or understand.

Each and every day you will face struggles and problems that appear to be huge, unsurmountable mountains. Keep in mind that Jesus had said this would be the case. However, also keep in mind that Jesus also promised peace in the midst of all those troubles.

Keep your focus upon God and what He is doing, not the troubles that this world will throw your way. God will bring you through every trouble that you will face. No trouble is greater than God’s power. Hold onto the peace of knowing that Jesus has already overcome your troubles.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s saving power; and that you will have God’s supernatural peace.

Matthew 9:6 Get Up And Go

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take up your mat and go home.” Matthew 9:6

The world often wants to know all the details on how something is to occur, before they step out into it. Unless they see it with their own eyes and understand it with their own minds, they do not believe it.

With this type of attitude, many people turn down opportunities in their lives out of fear of risk of it ‘may be wrong’. Fear and lack of faith stop a lot of people from stepping out and accomplishing something or seeing something happening.

Jesus had just forgiven a paralyzed man of his sins. Many could not believe it. So Jesus told the man to get up and to take his mat and go home.

In order to prove faith, one must step out in action with faith. Just saying that one believes does not prove anything. Those are just mere words. Action must follow faith.

God has given many promises throughout the bible. Many believers claim to believe in those promises. However, not very many will get up and go in belief in those promises. Their belief is only in the mind, because that is what a believer is ‘supposed’ to do, not because it is a part of the heart.

Getting up and going is a risk. Will God do what He said He would do or not? The believer must never forget that God will always keep His promises. All a believer must do is have faith and act upon it. He must take that risk as he steps out in faith with what God has told him to do.

As a believer, there will be things God has told you directly to you and promises you read in His Word. Either way that you hear of these promises, you have a choice of whether to believe them or not.

If you believe in God’s promises, you must then act upon them. This means that you will get up and go out, knowing that God will do what He promised as you do what He tells you to do.

The promises are in forgiveness, direction, healing, provision, protection and any other area in life. Are you getting up and going? Or are you shrinking in fear?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will understand God’s authority; and that you will get up and go as God commands you.

Habakkuk 2:3 Wait For It

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For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of an end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 

Waiting for something to happen is often very difficult for many people to do. They know something good is supposed to happen, but know when. As they wait they get anxious. Often they give up waiting and attempt to get what they were waiting for some other way.

One reason many give up is that what they are waiting for is dependent upon a person, and that person has been proven wrong or false before. Their trust is broken.

God tells Habakkuk that the revelation is waiting for the right time to come to pass. He is to wait for it to occur, because it is a promise and will not come late.

There are many promises of God that has been revealed in scripture. Along with those promises many believers have been given a direct revelation or promise by God.

As with all promises of revelation, one must wait for them to occur. God’s promises will occur, but not until the perfect timing of God has come.

The greatest promise to have yet to occur is the return of Jesus to wipe out all sin and death for eternity. Many believers have fallen away in giving up hope in God’s promises. They chose to find some other way to live.

Each believer must look at the promises that has already been fulfilled. God has revealed many things that have already come to pass. If God has fulfilled all of those promises already, He will surely continue to fulfill the rest in the perfect time.

You may be waiting for a promise of God to occur. It could be one of healing, salvation of someone, provision, or some other need in in your life or someone else’s life whom you love. Hold on to the promises of God that has been revealed to you. The promise will come true at the right time.

The devil and the world will strive to get you to give up and take your own path to get what you want. Don’t give in to fear or impatience. Keep trusting God’s word to you. God has never failed yet, and will not start with you.

Keep waiting for God to answer your prayers in fulfillment of the revelation you have received.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord; that you will know the revelation God has made; that God will give you patience as you wait for His answer; and that you will see God fulfill every promise.