Today is day 24 of the #31DaystoWrite, NaBloPoMo and Ultimate Blog challenges and I am still here writing. Today I want to continue my #ScripturesofFatih series with 1 Corinthians 15:17, which states, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain’ ye are yet in your sins,” Here is a Scripture graphic I created for this verse.
What this verse says to me is that if we don’t believe in Christ dying on the Cross and being Resurrected for our sins, then we really don’t have faith. Instead anything we might think we believe would be futile. For if we do not believe in the Resurrection, than we are still in our sinful nature. It means we do not believe in Christ with all our mind, strength, soul and body. We are not given the luxury to decide what parts of the Bible to believe and what parts we can leave behind. It is an all or nothing equation. Either we believe word is true, OR we do not believe. God does not give freedom or flexibility when it comes to His Word. For all Scripture is God-Breathed – or God-inspired. While mortal men might have “written” it, it came by God’s inspiration and direction.
You see as much as we might want to hear God speak to us in a loud and clear voice, that just does not happen. Instead, He may speak to us through quiet whispers to our souls or through others who are close to us or even by what we read in the Bible. I can remember watching and listening to one of the dearest preachers I have ever known (and no I am not talking about my husband). This gentleman was the one who first asked Dennis to speak. He was the man who married us. He also played a role in dedicating all four of our children. He was like a father to me and a grandfather to our children, which thanks to my dad stepping out of my life when our youngest two were little. This man would often get up to preach and would state he really did not have anything to say. Then he would take his Bible and just let it fall open to a passage on the pulpit. Because he studied his Bible with his whole heart, soul and mind, this worked for him. God directed his steps and those were some of the best sermons I ever heard – simply because they came from his heart and the heart of God.
If there is anything you would like me to pray for, leave me a comment. If this spoke to you in some way, leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. May God bless you today.
Today is day 15 of the #31daystowrite challenge along with day 15 of the Ultimate Blog challenge. I am continuing my #ScripturesofFaith series. Today I want to look at Galatians 3:11. We are instructed that we are not justified by the law, but that we must live by faith. Unlike the children of Israel, once Jesus Christ came and died on the Cross for our sins, we were freed from the burden of the law of having to go through a middle man – the priests – and we were able to come and speak to God directly. We are required to have faith in Jesus Christ and His dying on the Cross for our sins. He came that we might “have live and have it more abundantly. We received the blessing of eternal life by accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.
While no good deeds we do can bring us salvation, having an open heart and an open mind to believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior provides us with eternal life.
So have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? I would love to “hear” from you!
My Scripture verse for today is 1 Corinthians 13:13 and I think it is a fitting verse for today. You see 13 years ago today, my husband and I were blessed to give birth to our first and only daughter. She has been a tremendous blessing to our family. We love all of our children with all of our heart. But I have to say, there are definitely some differences between our three sons and our daughter. She truly is Daddy’s little princess. I will never forget when she was five years old and attended a Daddy Daughter dance, with her dad in his dress uniform. She has enriched our lives in so many ways. She is rarely afraid and rarely asks for anything. We truly love her. When her oldest brother entered 5th grade, we embarked on a new journey of homeschooling. As a result of circumstances, homeschooling provided a connection for my oldest and youngest that has lasted to this day. He is her protector, tormentor and personal “piggy-back rider giver” wrapped up in one. Love is definitely shown to her and by her.
Love or charity truly is the greatest of the three. May your day be full of love – both given and giving. How do you show love to those around you? I would love to hear from you.
So today is day 10 of my Scriptures of Faith challenge. Today I want to write about Romans 10:17.
My 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.