Lord Father today we seek first Your Kingdom, I pray that Your breathed, inspired & Holy words of the Holy Scriptures will resonate inside our hearts & minds then come out to declare Your Kingdom and Kingship in our lives and others and in the process we become like You Jesus.
The Kingdom of heaven is an entry point where we come under the rule and reign of God. It’s where we trade the things of fending for ourselves and the treasures of this world in “exchange for” the treasures of God. But we have to make that choice. It is alway our choice..
Rom.13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (NIV)
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”
The gospel (changes the lives) of those who believe its message.
The gospel (gives believers hope beyond this life). Believers have the (hope of a future in heaven).
Why do people accept the gospel?
Why do they sacrifice for the gospel?
Why do people live for the sake of the gospel?
Because of (THE HOPE) they have. Unbelievers today (often) want to buy something now and pay for it later. Christians are (willing) to pay now and receive later.
Paul said, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
Jim Elliot, a modern-day martyr, put it this way, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” (Elliot 1958, 172). Paul recognized the (POWER OF HOPE) to inspire faith and love.
Finally, Paul offers thanks for the Corinthains hope. He believes their hope is foundational to their faith and love. Hope, in Scripture, (is not simply a wish)—it is a confident expectation founded upon God’s promise, provision, and character. God guarantees a wonderful eternity in His presence. Paul declares their inheritance is “stored up” for them “in heaven.” This was proclaimed to them as an integral part of the gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:12-22; 1 Peter 1:3-5) (Barton et al. 1995, 149).
The gospel’s foundational message is HOPE!!
Prison Epistles – Leroy Bartel
Faith is the beginning never was designed to be the end!
Does Faith in the Lord means just believing that He is who He says He is, the true I AM? The solo creator of all the seen and unseen, the known and the unknown, our One almighty God who reigns above all, The “Emmanuel” who is always with us commanding us daily to be strong and courageous and to never be dismayed but be His disciples who go out and through His mighty Holy Spirit make disciples.
Then what does faith truly means, how can we obtain it and sustain it, and if it is not just believing in who God says He is, then what?
Faith: According to Wikipedia is defined as confidence or trust in a being, object, living organism, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion. Faith may also refer to a hope or belief, rational or irrational, in a certain outcome. Faith refers to a belief as it is not based on proof.
Faith: According to C.S. Lewis: “We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as “faith”, with the idea that this will somehow insure the granting of our prayer…. The state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense. It is a feat of psychological gymnastics.”
Faith: According to the Bible is believing in what is true, and has two elements:
- Being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, and
- Believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth.
Heb 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ”
Abraham, an Example of Faith
Rom 4:22-25 (Phi) This was the “faith” which was counted unto him for righteousness. Now this counting of faith for righteousness was not recorded simply for Abraham’s credit, but as a divine principle which should apply to us as well. Faith is to be consider as righteousness to us also, who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered to death for our sins and raised again to secure our justification.
Vassilios Papavassiliou – Thirty Steps to Heaven
Faith: Is Step 30 to Heaven, and “is part of the 3 virtues of Christianity, these 3 virtues are (Faith, Hope, Love) are the Holy Trinity to our spiritual life…
Many People do not understand why faith is a virtue, for faith is usually understood as nothing more than “Believing” in something that cannot be proven. But when we speak of faith as Christian virtue, we are speaking of something more specific than this. It is not virtue to believe.. .Unfortunately many think of religious faith in this way. But that kind of faith is far too rudimentary to deserve a place at the top of the ladder of Christian virtues. Faith as “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) is the beginning of Faith, but not its end.
Faith, like hope and love, describes our RELATIONSHIP with God. The reason faith lies at the summit of the ladder is that it both shapes our relationship with Him and, at the same time, is the FRUIT of that relationship. It is therefore better understood as TRUST, FAITHFULNESS, LOYALTY, and DEDICATION. The more we come to KNOW GOD, the more we TRUST in Him and the more we dedicate ourselves to Him. And yet, the greater our faith, the more we GROW in the other virtues. We cannot begin to ascend the ladder without faith, and yet the higher we ascend, the more faith INCREASES”
Imagination of mankind for His hope. Sacred vision or just the simplest truth to the core of our lives’ purpose?
You are standing – weary, confused & overwhelmed- in the center of the circle of life, surrounded with many different beliefs & idols.
Have been praying for the truth’s direction to be pinpointed somewhere. Only when you think that you are all alone a major light break through overcoming the darkness, reorienting all, casting away all false beliefs & idols, striking your face. Then you look up, standing in awe to see the shadow of the Holy One walking, cutting through the colorful weaves towards you, behind Him you see thousands, over thousands, over many 10 thousands warriors angles.
Warmly, He wispers saying, “At ease my son, it is I, the Lord your God, it is that time..
I AM, the light of true life that you have been praying for, from all your heart & day & night. Now, you found me in the midst of your uncertainty & I have heard your sincere prayers, listened to your voice, & now I found you. Be certain this is me, your God the One Almighty I AM, Now, let us go, Follow Me..