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The Author and Perfecter

January 29, 2019

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The Author and Perfecter

When facing an insurmountable problem,  a person might easily groan,  “Oh,  how I wish I had more faith!”     What is the source  of faith?     Where can we get it  in our times  of need?

Hebrews 12:1-2 gives us a list of things we need to do — and where we need to go.

Therefore,  since we have  so great a cloud of witnesses  surrounding us,  let us also lay aside  every encumbrance,  and the sin  which so easily entangles us,  and let us run  with endurance  the race  that is set before us,  fixing our eyes  on Jesus,  the author and perfecter of faith…….

Jesus is the one  who gives us faith.     And more than that,  Jesus is the  “perfecter of faith”.     Jesus is the one who carries us  through all our trials and temptations — to keep on strengthening us  in the truths  of His word.     We will have all sorts  of growing pains  as we struggle  through our trials,  but Jesus will always be  by our side,  strengthening us  until we reach our heavenly home.

Jesus is the author  of our faith  as He brings situations  into our lives  where we hear and learn  His word — in the Bible.      In the Bible,  we come to a realization  of the utter grossness  of our sins,  as we read passages  like Romans 3:23  (For all have sinned  and fall short  of the glory of God.)  and Romans 6:23  (For the wages of sin is death.)     With many verses like these,  we are convicted  of our lost condition — which is the truth  about every single one of us.

But,  as we face our guilt,  God wants us  to realize His saving love  for us.     Romans 5:8  is where we learn,  “But  God demonstrates His own love  toward us,  in that while we were yet sinners,  Christ died  for us.”     There we can see  that we don’t have to try  to become perfect  all by ourselves  (an impossibility)  in order to be loved  by God.     God loved us, even when we were deep  in our sins.

As we consider these words  of God,  the Holy Spirit is working  in our hearts  to help us see the truth.     In John 16:8,  Jesus says  about the Holy Spirit,  “And He,  when He comes,  will convict the world  concerning sin,  and righteousness,  and judgment.”

As we hear God’s word,  the Holy Spirit shows us  our sins,  so that we know  for certain  that we are headed  for hell.     But,  more than that,  the Holy Spirit also convicts us  that Jesus is all the righteousness  we need.     1 Corinthians 1:30 says,  “But by His doing  you are in Christ Jesus,  who became to us wisdom  from God,  and righteousness  and sanctification,  and redemption.”     We have all we need  in Jesus Christ.

And,  the Holy Spirit also convicts us  of  “judgment”,  so that we will always  keep in mind  that absolutely everyone  will have to give an account  to God Almighty  on Judgment Day.

So,  we have come to know all this.     Don’t let it all be  for nothing.     In 2 Corinthians 6:1,  Paul pleads,  “We also urge you not  to receive the grace of God  in vain.”     When God has done so much  for us  in Jesus Christ,  and freely offers us the gift  of salvation,  let’s not let it just slip away  from us through laziness,  lackadaisical whims, or lust.

Let us get grounded  in the word of God  and have fellowship  with Him every day.     Then,  in the joy  of letting God be our friend  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love and faithfulness are great  beyond words!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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