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Friday, March 15, 2013

Miracle of Faith

“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17)

I am saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Yes! The work is in what I labor zealously to believe, not in what I do with anything other than my heart and mind. This work does not save me and yet this work is more than worthwhile. Hallelujah! Reverence is work. Fervent prayer is work. Obedience is work. Believing is work. Money cannot buy me love. Love is work. Confession is work (Romans 10:9-10). The entire full gospel is all about the work God is doing in those and through those who have opted to believe the good news that Jesus’ blood and righteousness are sufficient to atone for their sin. All things therefore work together for their good (Romans 8:28). Oh yes. “Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:4) Work with the Lord, saints. “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.” (Proverbs 20:4)

Yield and allow the Lord to work His miracle of faith in you once you have surrendered to do the work which pleases the Ancient of Days and pays the dividend of peace eternally. “Jesus, the Messiah, is the same yesterday and today—and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus, the Word who became flesh and made His dwelling among us (John 1:14), God Almighty, changes not (Malachi 3:6, Hebrew 13:8). I stand by His Word and not by the clever ramblings of today’s bestselling authors seeking filthy lucre (1 Timothy 3:3).

I don’t know much and I may understand even less. I am alright with the fact that God’s thoughts and ways are infinitely higher than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9). I acknowledge that God is an infinite continuum of possibility who must speak baby-talk in order to communicate anything to my comparatively miniscule, finite human mind. Where my understanding ends, faith picks up the baton and looks unto Jesus as the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). Hallelujah! Who and what am I that this talking God who parted the Red Sea should cause all things to work together for my good? Bless His holy name forever and ever!

© 2013 Brian L Hunter

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