But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
When we are without Christ, God says, we are lost, like a lost coin or a lost lamb. When we say someone is lost it is definitely not a cut down, but it is a fact that without Christ that is what we all are. He loves us enough to call for us and seek us until we are found. This is the very reason He sent the Christ child who grew up to pay the debt that we could not pay.
When we have heard the call of God upon our hearts. When we understand that we are lost without Christ then is when we are left with a choice. A choice to be saved and pulled from certain death. The death I'm talking about is an eternal death, which the Bible calls hell. When someone says someone is lost "in a Biblical way". It means they have not found Christ or accepted Christ and they remain in their sins before God.
Not too long ago I didn't use a coupon I was given for an arts and craft purchase. I asked by email, if I could be reimbursed, but no one responded, I guess it was too late and I had to pay the cost.
If we die in our sins and have not applied the gift of God to our lives, after death it is too late. That's why God tells us in His Word, "NOW is the day of salvation." Maybe somehow I could of found a way to use my coupon (by asking for a full refund and repurchasing.) With Jesus it's
different , He only paid once for all. If we are truly saved we are always saved.
The question is are we truly saved? That is why God tells us to make our calling and election sure.
He wants us to examine our own hearts and know without a shadow of doubt that we are saved.
This is how we "wear the shield of faith." Our faith is vital for us as a Christian, but if that piece is missing something other can come and fill our hearts. Doubt causes drought in the heart of a Christian and keeps a lost one from being saved. The bible teaches us that an unbelieving heart is evil . In it's condition of faithlessness, our prayers are hindered as a faithless Christian and sometimes causes us to punt, when we should pray. Are lost souls worth fighting for? Is our marriage worth fighting for? Is our relationship with God worth fighting for? Are our children worth fighting for?
Then we must pray in faith and live by faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God and it is by faith our prayers are answered and impossible becomes possible.
Faith leads us to fear God. Faith leads us to be honest and just. Faith leads us to be merciful and kind.
Faith leads us to serve confidently through Christ. Faith leads us to change what needs to be changed.
Faith leads us to forgive ourselves and forgive others and love them. We serve a Saviour who changes hearts, minds, lives and the change is real. Faith is the substance of things hope for both now and eternity to come. We must live by faith because faith rises above fact. The reason is with ( God all things are possible and we should wear these thoughts as wisdom around our very being. Because without faith, we will utterly fail. I pray we will not faultier in our faith.
By Our Measure Of Faith
All would be lost if we doubted the cross.
For he suffered and died and God never lies.
He gave and forgave- He loved us by grace.
Our Lord blesses us by our measure of faith.
This world can deceive when we fail to believe;
The prayer of faith restores joy to its place.
To love Him, serve Him, we must turn from our sins;
His peace rules our hearts when we're living by faith.
A Chorus - I Wrote This Today
By: Susan Y. Nikitenko
Are you living by faith today? Have you lived a life doubting your salvation? As Christians we can know 100% whether or not we will go to heaven when we die. There's verses in the Bible that teach us we can know. We can know because it's not because of anything we have done, It's because of what Christ did for us and it's through our gratefulness that we should love Him and serve Him. There's only one way to heaven, it's through Christ alone and what He did upon the cross for us. You could live a nearly perfect life and still not go to heaven. It only takes one sin to send a person to an everlasting fire at death. The sin of disbelief which is the rejection of Christ as the only Way of salvation. The rejection of trusting Him as your personal Saviour. If we trust in our own works we are trusting in our own righteousness. God tells us that our righteousness is as filthy rags. Our righteousness will never get us into heaven. It is the righteousness of Christ and His shed blood as the spotless lamb of God without sin. The perfect sacrifice. He took our place, He paid our debt. He conquered death by arising from the dead.
It is by this great miracle that salvation can happen in the heart of every sinner who will accept Christ by faith. We are saved by grace (mercy) through our faith. If you have been doubting your salvation or doubting God's blessing, if your faith is being tested by the problems of life, or troubled by anxiety and strife. Let our faith lead us to praise as we seek Him in prayer.
Father God, Open the eyes of those seeking truth today. Lead them to understand and accept your Truth by faith. Overcome the differences in communication that the blind may see and the deaf may hear what the will of the Lord God is. Bind Satan and keep Him at bay. Open the eyes of those that desire to know you. Teach us each one to praise you through our problems.
Let us know your joy even in life's most troubling times. Keep us from evil, keep our hearts guarded through the evils of this life. Save the lost, give us the words, give us the strength, give us of your love, give us the go we need. I ask these things boldly in the name of Christ Jesus, your precious Son, the joy of my soul and the joy of all those who put their trust in Him.
Susan Y. Nikitenko
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Isaiah 55:6 ¶ Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
2 Corinthians 6:2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
continue in faith
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
2Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
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