Faith is…

A foundational truth today for Christ followers…  FAITH IS CONFIDENCE IN GOD!!!  Here it is from the Bible… read it this morning…

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see… and without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11.1, 6 NIV)

Peel away all the challenges of life, the perplexing issues, the unanswered questions, the competing voices, the unknown factors, the difficult paradoxes and for the follower of Christ, this is the truth the embrace – this is the anchor they hold to – this is the foundation they build on – this is the answer they rest in… CONFIDENCE IN GOD.  THAT’S WHERE I AM… HOW ABOUT YOU?

An Unlikely Reformer

An adage we sometimes hear when a son follows in his father’s foolish and sinful ways is… “Like father, like son.”  Sometimes it turns out that way (and more often than we would like to admit – almost becomes a trend) – but, praise the Lord, it doesn’t have to be that way!  And the account of Josiah in 2 Kings 22-23 in your Bible proves it!

Josiah’s grandfather was the incredibly wicked king Manasseh… followed by the equally wicked Amon… You would expected compounded wickedness in Josiah, wouldn’t you, given his legacy?  But no!! The Bible says Josiah “did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David.  He did not turn away from doing what was right.” (22.2)  And then what follows in the Bible is one of the most thorough records of spiritual reform anyone initiated and led in all of the Bible!  Josiah didn’t just “kinda – sorta” lead the nation in reform!  He did it with dedication, conviction and thoroughness … like a “spiritual pit bull”.  (I mean, read it in your Bible!  You’ll be impressed!!)  In fact the final analysis of Josiah’s reign in 2 Kings 22.25 reads like this… “Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses.  And there has never been a king like him since!”

Wow!  Gives me hope!!  Sons do NOT have to be like their weak and wicked fathers!  My prayer?  Oh God, turn around the wickedness of our generation!  Help a generation of young godly men and women to arise that “beat the odds” and lead our nation back to God and righteousness!!  …  Then later this morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read this from Proverbs 21.21… “WHOEVER pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness and honor!”  Oh God, give us a generation of young leaders like that with the heart and convictions of Josiah!”

Would you like to “get even” with someone?

Something really unfair happen to you that makes you want “to get even?”

Here’s a tidbit from Proverbs in the Bible to help you respond in a Christlike way…

“Do not say, ‘I will repay evil!’  Wait for the Lord, and He will deliver you!” (Proverbs 20:22)

You might want to check out Romans 12:14-21 in your Bible as well… I know, it’s tough!  But it is God’s will and it works!  Here’s the deal – If you take it into your hands, He won’t.  If you leave it to Him, He will in due time.  In the meantime you might make a friend and not an enemy – and your “enemy” right now might just see the character of Jesus in your life… Just say’n.

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