#31DaystoWrite – Scriptues of Faith Day 22 – Romans 5:1

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Today is day 22 of the #31DaystoWrite challenge along with day 21 of NaBloPoMo and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  I have really been enjoying writing my series – #ScripturesofFaith.  Today I am choosing to write about Romans 5:1.  This verse is another one that I have heard my husband speak about at times.  Being justified by our faith, we have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Having faith brings peace through the knowledge and certainty of our salvation.  Sometimes faith comes easy and other times faith takes a tremendous amount of work.  There are times keeping the faith becomes more difficult. So often people tell others, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  But those words can be hard to hear and often fall flat rather than providing comfort.  When things are going well, it is much easier to believe in a loving God.  But in times of hurt or times of difficulty it can be more challenging.

Faith takes effort.  Believing that Jesus loves us and died for our sins can be a little easier.  But when difficulty, challenges or frightening times arise, knowing and believing become two different things.  In those times, we must draw closer to God and draw strength from His Word and from fellow believers.  But these believers need to truly demonstrate the love of and faith in Christ rather than just throwing around empty platitudes or saying words with no genuine actions.

When Dennis wound up in the hospital with his gall bladder attack, peace escaped me at times.  Finding comfort when sitting alone in a hospital room with a spouse who is hurting and unable to be truly helped makes peace fleeting.  At other times, when a fellow believer simply walks into the room because he or she heard you were there provides tremendous comfort and peace.  A hug and a prayer or other demonstration of love bathes the room in peace.  Hearing a doctor inform a patient and his spouse to “google” a condition does not provide peace.  Reading on “Google” can completely destroy an individual’s peace.  Driving home from the hospital alone without your spouse and not being sure of when he or she is coming home makes for a stressful time.  Bringing your spouse home does wonders to bring peace and tranquility to a person’s soul.  Knowing fellow believers are praying about your situation overwhelms a person with peace and faith.

A quiet word, even a word read on a computer screen, from a family member, friend or fellow believer provides so much comfort, peace and faith.  It ensures someone believes in the God that created the universe.

Romans 51So I will be praying for faith today.  How can I pray for you?  And, what is going on in your part of the word?  I would love to hear from you.

#31DaystoWrite – Scriptures of Faith Day 10 – Romans 10:17

12053173_10205096985840004_1576198073_nSo today is day 10 of my Scriptures of Faith challenge.  Today I want to write about Romans 10:17.

Romans1017picmonkeyMy husband is a Primitive Baptist preacher and has been for over 23 years.  So I have heard almost every sermon he has spoken.  There have bee a few I have missed due to sick children or other circumstances, but those have been rare.  He has a few verses that are what I refer to as his “go-to” verses – meaning he goes to them frequently and they underscore the message he generally wants to state.   This is one of those verses.  We can only gain faith by hearing and that hearing has to be from the Word of God.  It is not enough to just listen to someone speak, we have to hear the actual and unchanged word of God.  For we know that God was the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  He does not change.  We never have to doubt what He expects of us – His children.  Nor do we have to doubt what is necessary for us to be saved.  Instead, we can “hear” or “read’ the Word of God and it will increase our faith.  The more we read about God, the more we know about God and who He is.

At our previous duty station, we attended a church where the pastor every January would encourage his flock to read along with him through the Bible in the year.  So while there, I did this for the very first time.  I was so blessed by the experience that I try to read through the Bible every year now.

What do you do to “increase” your faith?  I would love to hear from you.