Wednesday 10th November 2020.
GOD WILL STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH AND MANIFEST HIS SACRIFICIAL LOVE.
Hebrew 11:1; – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”Hebrews 11:1 KJV
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 4:9-10 KJV
The good news of salvation and life eternal is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Whether Old Testament saints or New Testament believers, the only way to access this free and eternal gift from the Father is to trust in His Word and believe in His Son.
Faith is simply having the confidence that future things God has revealed in His written word, will unquestionably happen. The reformation verse that shattered corridors of Christendom was the just shall live by faith – the righteous man shall live by faith – the godly man, the virtuous woman, the justified sinner, the maturing believer are to all live by faith as well as being saved by faith.
A living faith in God’s word and the confident hope in His promises are two graces that embrace each other in love – at the foot of the cross. This is not a ‘Que Sera, fingers-crossed and-hope-it-happens’ type of faith. This is the faith that accepts without question that the Word of God is entirely dependable and is an indisputable fact.
This is the faith that unquestioningly takes God at His word, knowing that all He has promised to us in Christ is more secure than the rising of the morning sun and more certain than the daily passage of time. It is the firm persuasion, unshakable confidence and indisputable expectation that all God has said, in and through His WORD, is established forever and does not take refuge in the a ‘maybe’ or a ‘perhaps’.
It is an objective faith that is secured to the knowledge that our redemption rests on Who Christ is, and what He has already done on the cross on our account. Our faith is not on who we are or what we have done to commend ourselves to God but on Christ and His accomplishments. Objective faith is not based on sight or sense but rests its case in the arms of God’s Word of Truth.
Faith is not based on experience, nor calculated through reason. True faith is anchored on scriptural facts. It is beyond man’s intellect and cannot be penetrated through reasoning or discovered through scientific ‘proof.’ It has nothing to do with personal opinion or impressions. It is beyond the dimension of human thought because it is the substance of facts that are conceived in the mind of God.
God is not a man, so He does not lie. The Lord is not a fallen being, so He does not flirt with fantasy or feasibility. He does not change His mind and has never spoken a word that He has failed to act upon. Has he never made a promise that has not been carried through to its fulfilment and it is incumbent on us to know what His word says and to believe the promises He has given.
The eye of faith sees beyond our present reality and places its feet firmly on divine revelation given by almighty God, through the Word-made-flesh. It believes God’s word of truth in the pages of Scripture, which was written for our learning, instruction, encouragement and hope. The heart of faith enables us to treat as reality those things that are unseen, even when circumstances of life appear to contradict the truth of God’s word.
All that God has revealed to us through holy men of God is just and good and true, and Scripture is designed to be a sure foundation upon which to build. It has nothing in common with so many superficial apologies for faith, based on sight, experiences, opinions, fancies, dreams or imagination that excite the soul, feed the flesh and pander to the human ego. Without faith it is impossible to please God and Jesus said, “blessed are those that have NOT seen – and yet have believed”.
May the hope we have in Christ and the faith we have in God be built on the truth, of His word and grounded on a sure conviction. May we never stumble when situations seem to go amiss, and may we be firmly persuaded that “He who started a good work in each of our lives is well able to bring it to completion”.
The Manifestation of Love is our most desire as we hold unto the profession of our faith unshakable. Remembering that minimum requirement is our “mustard seed faith with which to make a mountain move and it will move.
Just as a diamond has many facets that reflect the quality of this precious stone, love, and especially agape love, has many aspects. We have two of the characteristics of God’s perfect love. Agape love is all giving and sacrificial.
Take a closer look at two other aspects or facets of the manifestation of love. The first one has to do with another expression of agape love: Jesus giving up the riches of heaven to become poor for our sakes. This is what the apostle Paul means when he speaks about having the mindset of Jesus Christ. Let us remember that in faith Paul is writing to the church in Philippi—to Christians. He sets the example explaining that when it comes to how we should relate to one another, we should have Jesus’s mindset.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “Well, what do you mean by having the mindset of Jesus?” Paul explains that Jesus, being in His very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. He emptied himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. What a marvelous example of love!
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;”
Hebrews 5:8 KJV – https://www.bible.com/1/heb.5.8.kjv
The second aspect regarding the manifestation of love that we should consider has to do with the fact that Jesus loved us first. He loves us even if and when we did not love Him. God proved His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
What a portrait of His love for us! The picture of such a perfect love should be imprinted on the “canvas” of our hearts and minds so that we may never forget how deep is His love for each one of us His children.
In order to help you remember and engrave this image of the manifestation of God’s love for us, let us keep in mind that:
• God’s love is all giving.
• God’s love is sacrificial.
• He “emptied Himself” becoming a servant for us.
• God loved us first, even while we were sinners and enemies of God.
Compassionate God, thank You for the gift of faith. Please help me to confidently trust and obey You. Nudge me forward when You say “move,” and hold back when You say “stop.” Let everything I do exemplify my faith in You.
I can be so entrenched in my own thinking that sometimes I doubt Your word and question Your promises, often wishing I had some concrete ‘proof’ of Your love for me – and yet Your Word gives me all the affirmation of this absolute reality I need – for Your Word and Promises are sure and Your faithfulness stretches beyond the limits of time and space. Thank You for the gift of faith and I pray that day by day my loving trust in You and the reality of Your Word will become increasingly established within my heart – for I long to please You in all I say and do and am.
You loved us first, even while we were sinners and Your enemy. May we never forget the price You paid, what it cost You to break down the wall, to bridge the gap, to reconcile us to our Creator and loving Father. Empty us and fill us with Your Holy Spirit that leads us to maximum joy in Jesus’ Name.