Remarkable Saints

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Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Philippians 4:21-23)

Remarkable Saints

The Roman Empire was an iron giant that ruled the world for nearly 1500 years. It was ruled by harsh despots who imposed Roman law with the cruel hand of military might. Chosen as the fullness of time for the coming of God’s Son, it became the seed bed of the spread of Christianity to the world lasting for more than two thousand years. History is filled with the horrific deeds of the men who imposed imperial force on its citizens subjecting them to live in fear of death. None were as grand a master at the manipulation of power than Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; better known as Nero. He murdered his mother along with thousands of citizens during his reign. The Great fire of Rome lasted six days and seven nights where it is said he sang as 10 of 14 districts of the city were destroyed. Assassination plots were met with wholesale slaughter of the innocents including Seneca, his close adviser. Nero found his place in history as the author tyranny and extravagance. And yet – found in his household were saints of God.

It is difficult to know the depth of influence the gospel had in the house of Caesar. Paul’s closing remarks in his letter to Philippi hint of those who were part of the palace where Nero lived either as family members of the Caesar or slaves and freemen. In either case, the realization that Paul would publicly announce the existence of children of God living in the household of a morally bankrupt man like Nero exalts the power of the gospel to be in the most unlikely place. That would seem to be the last place in the world that Christians would be found yet the gospel had the power to bloom in the harshest of environments. Against impossible odds the news of Christ drifted through the halls of Nero’s palace. Lives were changed to believe that Jesus was the Son of God and live with the hope of eternal life – in the household of Caesar. W. M. Taylor writes, “Christianity is not a thing of locality but of character. There are plants which will bloom in some latitudes and die in others, but Christianity can live where man can live, because it consists in the loyalty of the heart and life to Christ. Obadiah kept his conscience in the house of Ahab, Daniel his in the court of Babylon, Nehemiah his in the Persian palace. As Jonathan Edwards says, ‘The grace of God can live where neither you nor I can.’ In the abodes of poverty humble Christians are living as near to God as Enoch. Even yet, if we care to look for it, we may find the lily among thorns.”

Earlier in his letter to the Philippian church, Paul spoke of the impact of the gospel becoming evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest as he sat in a Roman prison. The gospel is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes and that message can find its way into the most unlikely places. When men limit the power of the gospel to only those deemed worthy of its redemption the story of salvation is hindered. The household of Caesar had Christian’s living in its midst. These saints of God were subjected to the world of political intrigue, immorality, decadence and perversion but they kept their faith in God. What seems impossible for man is possible with God. His word can penetrate the darkest corners of Satan’s world and change hearts. Man is the one who limits the power of Christ. Paul affirms in his brief closing remark there is nowhere the message of Christ cannot change lives – even in the household of Nero.

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Faith With A Foundation

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As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)

Faith With A Foundation

The life of a Christian has a beginning and it is there the most important part of the hope of the Christian begins. Building faith is a daily exercise of walking after the pattern of the Lord, establishing practices and principles that will build courage and devotion that will form an edifice of righteousness in the heart of the individual. It is a continual process nurtured by a constant rooting and building of character changed into the image of God. Paul exhorts the saints in Colosse to walk after the will of Christ but this cannot be done without the proper foundation. Faith alone can never last. If a building is constructed without a solid footing or underpinning it will fall. A solid foundation will keep the structure from being destroyed. Receiving the Christ into the heart is a time of joy and rejoicing in the redemption of the soul. However, if the spirit is not rooted and built upon in Christ, faith will fail and the hopes of the child of God will diminish. Jesus ended the sermon on the mountain with the admonition there are two kinds of soils to build faith upon: the solid rock or the shifting sands. The house of faith built upon the sand has no foundation and will easily be toppled. Building on the rock will give security to the heart to believe, obey and rejoice in the face of great trial. Faith must be rooted and grounded like a mighty oak that will bend in the wind but never fall.

Receiving the word of God requires walking in the word of God. This becomes a pattern of life, a way of thinking and a manner of decision making. Faith is built upon the exercise of walking in the light to see the will of God. The one who stands in one place will not grow. Those who sit upon the promises will have little faith in the power of God. The life of the Christian is the active pursuit of the word of Christ. Walking in Christ is walking in His footsteps. The heart is filled with the love of God through knowledge that guides the mouth to speak words of grace, the heart to feel compassion of grace and the hands to be busy in the diligent work of serving the Lord. There is an abundant life of activity in the life of the Christian. Daily growth is evident. It is impossible to walk in Christ and not grow. Failure to grow indicates a lack of activity in Christ. One of the long term effects of not walking in Christ is the inability to become rooted in Him. Walking creates roots and roots are necessary for building a life of faith.

Having a strong root system gives any tree the ability to withstand anything that comes against it. When the child of God seeks to build a solid root system of trust in the Lord, nothing in life will destroy them. There will be storms and trials but the heart of the Christian will safely trust in the Lord. The roots allow a strong building to be created in the grace of God because the heart is walking by faith in Christ. This edifice of faith will be evident to all as the roots silently strengthen the position of the heart and like a light shining on a hill, be an example to all who see it. Rooted in Christ and being built up in Him will establish the life of the Christian in the faith of God. Faith will come from the knowledge of the word of God strengthening the structure of the building as the heart abounds with thanksgiving. The tree of righteousness is firmly rooted building a strong trunk of faith that branches out with the abundant blessings of God. Faith is secure. There is hope and there is the joy of eternal promise. Walk in Christ. Create the roots of righteousness. Build on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. Establish faith in God. Abound with a heart of thanksgiving.

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Life Changes

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By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10)

Life Changes

The certainty of life is the reality of the uncertainty of life. There are changes that come in life that are planned and unplanned. Those we plan for are viewed as necessary directions we want to go in order to accomplish some task or dream. What is hard is when the unplanned changes come in life throwing all of the planned ideals in disarray. The true measure of the character of a man is how he handles the unplanned changes in life to make himself a better person. Abram grew up in the Ur of the Chaldeans before moving with his father to Haran. For seventy-five years he served his God with faithfulness and was just a common man among common people. The day came when the Lord spoke to Abram and told him to leave his home for a land that would be shown to him with promises that would partially be fulfilled in his life. He did not hesitate. Abram and Sarai left their home and followed the instructions of the Lord not knowing where they were going or how the promises of God would work out. He was told that he would have a heritage which must have seemed unlikely considering his age and the age of Sarai. He did not hesitate. Leaving what he had known for seventy-five years, Abram embarked on a journey of faith. His life had changed in ways he could never have foreseen. He would wander for the rest of his life through the land of Canaan and Egypt, bear a son by Sarai’s handmaiden and then miraculously give birth to another son through Sarai who was ninety years of age; himself one hundred. There would be the time God requires Abram to offer his son as a burnt offering. He did not hesitate. Abram lived to the age of one hundred seventy five and the last one hundred years of his life was change after change after change. What never changed was his faith in God.

There are many stories in the Bible of lives that were changed in dramatic fashion. Joseph was sold as a slave at the age of seventeen and his life was never the same. Moses was the prized son of the Pharaoh for forty years until he killed a man and became a fugitive and vagabond in a foreign land. At the age of eighty while tending his herd the Lord appeared and changed his life once again. He would spend the final forty years of his life leading a rebellious and stubborn nation of Israel to a land he would never set foot on. David was a shepherd boy who would be thrust into the national limelight after killing an enemy giant and become the hated enemy of the king he loved. Later in life a moment’s reckless folly with the wife of one of his mighty men would fell the great kingdom of David into chaos. Amos was a herdsman and dresser of sycamore trees in the village of Tekoa not far from Jerusalem. From obscurity as a shepherd he became one of the great reformers of his day trying to bring God’s people to repentance. Daniel and his three friends lived with all the high hopes of young Jewish men of his day until they were carried away into Babylonian captivity.

Four fishermen in the time of Jesus left the only life they knew to follow an itinerant preacher who was the greatest miracle worker men had ever seen. He told them they would become fishers of men and along with a handful of others turned the world upside down. Matthew left his secure job of collecting taxes to follow Jesus. Saul of Tarsus was a powerful force in the Jewish world enjoying fame, fortune and inexhaustible authority until he met the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. His life would never be the same. Timothy and Luke became constant travelling companions of the apostle Paul going places they would never have dreamed their lives would take them. Thousands of people left homes to preach the gospel of Christ and many more died because they believed with all their hearts a man from Nazareth was the Son of God. Changes. Life changes. They all experienced changes in life that were unforeseen. They did not hesitate and they did not falter. God called and they answered.

Abram obeyed because he had faith in the changes in his life were for the glory of God. He looked upon those challenges as tools to increase his trust in the Lord he served faithfully when there were few changes. He did not know where he was going but he knew he was going with the Lord. His faith took him to dwell in tents and move from place to place because his life was rooted in the firm conviction that God would take care of him. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the reality of what cannot be seen because God has made the promises and God has seen what needs to be done. There are many changes we experience in life. No matter the change or challenge we must resolve to face those vicissitudes with the strong faith of Abram and all those who faced change but never changed their faith in God. Be assured life will be filled with paths never dreamed before or planned by always remembering the sunlight that shines upon each path comes from the grace and love of God. Trust in Him for direction and hope. He will never leave those who follow His will.

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A Psalm For The Young Man

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How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. (Psalm 119:9-16)

A Psalm For The Young Man

The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called “Bet” (rhymes with “mate”) and has the sound of ‘b’ as in ‘boy.’ Psalm 119 is a compilation of twenty-two poems from the Hebrew alphabet declaring the incredible power of the word of God. Each section of the psalm is unique in its structure and message. The second section declares the personal nature of God’s word upon the heart. Specifically it seeks to guide the young man to know how important the knowledge of the Creator is needed in his life. There is much turbulence in the spirit of youth and without direction and guidance many dangers lurk about that will destroy the reputation, character and heart. The psalmists exhorts all young people to take careful examination of the word of God embedding its divine message into their minds so they will be safe from harm.

Youth is filled with frivolity. The Lord does not dismiss the spirit of young people encouraging them to live a joyful life with the recognition of the consequences that will be reaped in the future. How can young people enjoy their lives and keep themselves unspotted from the influence of the world about them? The Bible. The word of God is the answer for young people. Taking heed to the word of God is the means of building character. It takes the whole heart devoted to know the will of the Lord guiding the feet on the treacherous paths of life. Many youth wander into dangerous waters finding only peril and destruction. The commandments of God are not given as cruel boundaries but safety measures to protect the soul from harm. This requires diligence on the part of the young man to hide the word of God in his heart so he will not sin against the Lord. Young people need to know the law of God because that is the measure of right and wrong. Parents must instill in their children the love of God and interest in His word to instruct them into righteousness. Sin will always be a plague on the hearts of men but the word of God is the only answer to how to battle unrighteousness.

Young people should know the word of God so they can bless the Lord that protects them. There is value in knowing mathematics, science, vocabulary and all of the foundations of knowledge but the most important information contained within the pages of one book is the statues and judgments of the Lord. Young men and women must be taught to love the word of God as the basis of life and from which comes truth. Their language should be sprinkled with the words of God rejoicing in the way His word fills their hearts. The result will be young people who are happy to know the eternal truths of the mind of God. Their lives will not be focused on seeking out the riches of the world but the treasures of heaven. The trinkets of this world will perish but the word of the Lord abides forever.

The challenge for young people (and old) is the word of God requires a diligent heart. There are four things required to make the word of the Lord a joyful part of life: mediation, contemplation, delighting and remembering. The psalmist admonishes the young man to meditate on the precepts of God. This is ruminating on the principles, laws, teachings and stories of holy writ. Thinking often about the word of the Lord builds trust in the promises of God. It is important to spend some time thinking about the word of God. Contemplating on the word of God means to have respect for the value of its instructions and ways. Fixing the eye on the message of God’s love will change the heart of the young man. He will see from God’s point of view how he should live. That comes from contemplation. There can be little growth if the heart does not delight in spending time in the word of God. One of the dangers for young and old alike is viewing the Bible as a drudgery or burden. In order for God to be alive in the heart it requires a love and delight in wanting to know more and more about the statutes of righteousness. Delighting in the statutes of God will change the outlook and ‘uplook’ of life. Happy people are those who find joy in reading the word of God. Finally it is necessary to remember the promises of God and not forget His word. Constant study will fortify the mind against the wiles of the devil. Remembering the word of God will be a light to the path in a world of darkness. Young men and women must learn to remember the word of God and trust its message as a guide in life. How can a young man cleanse his way. THE WORD OF GOD.

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He Had No Faith In Their Faith

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Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. (John 2:23-25)

He Had No Faith In Their Faith

The life of Jesus spans a short time of about thirty-three years and yet everything Jesus said and did could not be recorded if man took to task to describe the incredible life of God’s Son. John the apostle commented the earth could not contain the whole message and power of the life of Jesus. It is impossible to detail every miracle done by Jesus as He healed multitudes upon multitudes. His miracles were powerful testimonies of His divinity and thousands of people were recipients of healings, feedings, cleansings and wonderment at the unlimited power of the Holy Spirit through the hands of the man from Nazareth. Many people believed in Jesus because of the miracles they saw. Often those who were healed would follow Jesus or begin to proclaim to the world what Jesus had done for them. The purpose of the marvels of His power was to prove He was the divine Son of God and no man could call upon the Father as Jesus did. There were many who did not believe although great miracles were done before them. Blinded by their prejudices their hearts turned dark against the Lord rejecting His teachings but never denying His miracles.

While in the city of Jerusalem during the time of the Passover, Jesus wrought many signs among the people and they believed on Him. This would have been a great time for Jesus to connect with the multitudes and trust they would follow Him, believing He was the Son of God and the world would change to understand who He was and why He came. However, John tells us that Jesus did not commit Himself to them because He knew the fickle and reckless nature of men. He did not believe in their belief and had no confidence in their faith of Him. It would seem counter-intuitive for Jesus to react like this because at the height of His popularity He could impress upon everyone His nature and they would follow Him with great devotion. Sadly, Jesus had a certain knowledge that would not allow Him to give His trust to men and that was the reality that Jesus knew the hearts of men. It was not to be trusted. At one moment the crowds are praising Jesus of Nazareth as a great miracle worker and the next condemning Him for saying God was His Father. Jesus would not commit Himself to man because the miracles impressed men more than the teaching. As long as there were outward signs of the power of God men would be enthralled by the presence of Jesus but that is not why the Lord came to earth. His purpose was not to take away the poverty of the body, remove disease from the world or raise everyone from the dead. The miracles were testimonies but His teaching was salvation. All men could see were the incredible wonders done by the carpenter’s son.

Jesus could not commit Himself to the fickle nature of man because He knew how short lived that devotion would be. He also knew that His glory was not measured by the amount of crowds that followed Him or throngs of people that worshiped Him. The work of God’s Son was to turn hearts to His Father and show them the path of righteousness through the sacrifice on the cross. Miracles would not save man. His teaching brought men to the throne of God. On the cross Jesus opened the doors of salvation by shedding His blood for the redemption of all men. Shortly before He was crucified He was hailed as a conquering hero as the people welcomed Him into Jerusalem. Riding on a colt, the people spread palm branches before Him as He entered the city. It must have been in the mind of Jesus as He rode among the people of how little confidence He felt in their adoration – knowing they were going to mock Him, scourge and kill him in a very short time. Jesus did not put His confidence in men. He could only put His faith in His Father.

There is a strong lesson for all of us to learn from Jesus. We do not have the divine ability as He did to know all men but we can know all men like Jesus did. He did not commit Himself to men because He knew how difficult we struggle with commitment. The best we can often do is still too little. We try hard to be the kind of people we should be but we struggle. Realizing this we know all men have a battle to fight and our commitment should never be solely in others but in the Lord alone. The confidence we have in others is important and should be looked upon as strength to help us but ultimately our strength must come from God. He is the only one who knows us and knows the hearts of all men. We can disappoint and fail others but God never fails and will never disappoint. Like Jesus, our glory comes from the Father, not men. Trusting in the grace of the Lord will never disappoint. Anchor the soul on the promises of God and you will never lose your way.

 

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Finding Faith When Things Go Terribly Wrong

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Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. (Genesis 39:1-4)

Finding Faith When Things Go Terribly Wrong

There are few stories in the Bible that are more riveting than Joseph and his brothers and the outcome of their relationship with one another. Jacob had twelve sons and in a fateful twist of a father’s love for his son, he would lose his beloved son for more than twenty years. Joseph was the child of Rachel and Jacob bestowed on him many more gifts than his other sons. Notably the coat of many colors became a symbol of Jacob’s preference of his young son over the others. In time Joseph had some unusual dreams that angered his brothers with his perceived pertinence and haughty character. On a day when Joseph was looking for his brothers, a decision was reached to kill him. Delayed by Reuben, Joseph was spared murder by being thrown into a pit. As Reuben was away from the group, the brothers sold Joseph to some passing slave traders going to Egypt. To cover their deed they took Joseph’s coat and sprinkled the blood of a goat on it leading Jacob to believe his son was killed by a wild beast. Meanwhile, Joseph was taken as a slave on the long journey to Egypt.

For a young man of seventeen years and pampered by his father, Joseph’s life seemed to be going in a terribly tragic way. He was put on a slave block and sold to the highest bidder. In this world no one cared who he was and where he came from. Everything he knew was turned upside down. As a slave in a foreign land he did the menial and dirty jobs no one else would do. His food was meager. The outlook looked dim. There would be no coat of many colors and there would be no loving embrace by his father. His first night under Potiphar’s roof must have been a watershed moment in his life. Where was God in all of this? Why had the Lord allowed this to happen to him and where was he to go? There was a lot of blame that could be passed around. The remarkable story of Joseph is he did not dwell on the horrible things that had happened to him but his abiding faith that God had never abandoned him assured his heart daily.

Joseph found favor in the sight of Potiphar because Joseph never lost sight of the love he had for God. He did not understand why these terrible things were happening to him but he believed firmly that God would care for him whether times were good or bad. His view of life was not measured by the successes and happiness of his circumstances but the contentment he found in serving the Lord in full assurance of God’s love. The success he had in the house of Potiphar was from a heart devoted to the cause of the Lord. Faith was the rock Joseph built his life upon. He knew that God would not leave him trusting that God’s will would be carried out in his life. Joseph rose to prominence in the house of Potiphar through the blessings of the Lord. His life had turned around to be a better circumstance but still unknowing what the future would hold. Things went tragically bad again when the wife Potiphar accused Joseph of attempting to rape her. Cast into prison the spirit of Joseph could have been broken and shattered because of how things turned out. Once again the son of Jacob trusted in his God. Blessed by his faith, Joseph continued to be a servant of God and was given authority in the prison because the Lord was with him. Whatever Joseph put his hand to do in the prison, it prospered. A day came when the kings butler and baker was thrown into prison where Joseph was confined. Before they were released they had dreams that Joseph interpreted. As in the dream, the baker was executed and the butler restored to his place. When the butler was preparing to leave, Joseph begged him to remember him to the king and seek a pardon for his incarceration. Two more years Joseph languished in prison forgotten by the kings butler. It was not until Pharaoh himself had a dream the butler remembered what Joseph’s had done. Explaining the king’s dream, Joseph was finally released from prison and given authority over all Egypt second only to the king himself. In all of his trials, defeats, calamities and blessings Joseph never lost his faith in God.

The story of Joseph is a testament to the fortitude of the human spirit to devote completely the trust and confidence that God will never leave His people. So many terrible and tragic things happened to Joseph giving most men cause to deny their faith in God. He never wavered but simply trusted in the will of the Lord working in his life. His view of slavery could have made him a bitter man but it did not. It would be interesting to know what Potiphar’s wife thought when she heard the man she accused of rape was now in charge of Egypt. Joseph was not a man of vengeance or holding grudges. After his father died the brothers feared Joseph would reap reprisals upon them for what they did. In one of the most remarkable statements in scripture Joseph tells his brothers that what happened to him was for the purpose and glory of God. He knew his life was forfeit for the cause of the Lord and he basked in the glow of the love shown to him all his life by the God he served. The traits of Jacob’s son are the building blocks of the Christian who is redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Faith can be tested and tried but with the example of Joseph, there can be no excuse but to remain faithful, live righteous and trust in God.

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Not Much Faith In The Old Testament

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And He said: ‘I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith. (Deuteronomy 32:20)

Not Much Faith In The Old Testament

One of the advantages of computers is the ability to do research through the Bible in word studies, language and meanings of words. Typing in a word search will bring all the references among a host of translations including looking for specific Hebrew, Chaldean or Greek words. It was surprising to study the word ‘faith’ and see how many verses or texts use the word in the Old Testament. Depending on which translation chosen, the English word appears very few times in the Hebrew Old Testament. The New King James Version has ‘faith’ appearing twice, ‘faithful’ 32 times; the Revised Version ‘faith’ is found three times, ‘faithful’ 29 times; the English Standard Version ‘faithful’ 26 times, ‘faith’ 28 times; and finally the American Standard Version ‘faith’ is found three times and ‘faithful’ 29 times. When a selection is made to examine the Hebrew word in its many forms throughout the Old Testament there are 108 times the use of AMAN is found in the holy scrip. The word is rendered faith, trust, believe, established, sure, continuance, verified and other meanings of the root word AMAN. A study like this will make the novice Bible student excited over little and the diligent student of Biblical language cringe at the useless exercise and misuse of word studies. What is known about faith in the Old Testament does not come from the appearance of words in the English or Hebrew but the reality of what the stories tells us about the people of God since the time of Adam.

Our text today comes from Deuteronomy where the word ‘faith’ is first found in the New King James English Version. However, faith was an integral part of the story of the Bible from the beginning of time. The Hebrew writer alludes to the incredible faith of Abel when he offered his sacrifice to the Lord in contrast to Cain’s unrighteous worship. Enoch was of such great faith in pleasing the Lord he was taken up by God without dying. Noah served the Lord diligently in a terribly wicked world and through faith believed in the grace of God to save his household in obedience. Abraham trusted in the word of God and changed his life at the age of 75 to follow the will of his Lord. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, through faith bore a child at the age of 90 years. Other stories of the Old Testament are filled with hearts of courage and faith like Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets. Faith is in the Old Testament filling every crevice and corner of the word of God because the life of God’s faithful lived each day trusting in Him. Their faith was not based on the word but the idea. It meant something to them and they faced the world of darkness with the fortitude to believe in all the promises of God.

Faith is not a badge we wear to show others our character. It comes from a heart filled with a dedicated mind that measures each thought, action, deed and word by the voice of God. The word faith resounds in the mind by the actions of the person who lets his light shine brightly in a dark world. There are no trumpets to sound or shouts to draw attention to faith. It is the quiet working of diligent souls living each day in examples of humility, trust and belief that God’s word is true, sure and filled with promise. Faith is about God, Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Man needed an answer to his predicament and the answer God gave was His only begotten Son. Jesus is the answer and faith is the response. The first time faith is mentioned in the Bible but not found in the Bible is Genesis 1:1. That is the beginning of faith. Believing that God created all things and formed man for His glory is where man begins his journey of trusting the Lord. If faith is not found in Genesis 1:1 then everything that follows is hallow and void. The Bible is about Jesus Christ. What man does with Jesus Christ must come from faith. Without faith it is impossible to be pleasing to God. If there is no faith there is no salvation and without salvation man is lost. You may not find the English word faith in the Old Testament very often but when you examine between the lines and see the hearts of those who loved God – faith will overflow with rivers of grace from hearts that believed eternal promises and hope. Got faith?

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