Romans 4:17

Where is Our Faith in God’s Commands

02/26/2020

We talk about it. We sing about it. But, how much of it do we have? What am I talking about? Faith. We place our faith in the person of Jesus Christ and that He substituted His body on the cross in place of ours. We stand at a distance and say, “Whew! That’s great. I didn’t have to go through the scourging and crucifixion. Thank You, Jesus. I believe.” But when God says to exercise our faith in regard to cutting off our sin we say, “No way. Can’t do.” He says to exercise our faith and forgive as He forgive us and we say, “No way. Not gonna do.”  He says to lay aside our old self and put on the new self-made in the image of Christ Jesus, and we stand there with folded arms. If we really had faith that God “calls into being that which doesn’t exist,” as Romans 4:17 states, then we would obey His commands, trusting that they lead to the promised abundant life. So the question is, where is our faith?

Lord Jesus, You CALL INTO BEING THAT WHICH DOES NOT EXIST. Where is our faith in your daily commands? 

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Dead…but God

04/18/2019

Have you been with someone when they died? I was with my mother, father, and mother-in-law when they died.  Webster defines death as “the irreversible cessation of all vital functions especially as indicated by permanent stoppage of the heart, respiration, and brain activity.”  That is what happened to Jesus as a result of the horrific scourging and crucifixion He suffered. The Roman soldiers who oversaw His death were skilled in their profession. They pronounced Jesus dead. But, as we know and Romans 4:17 explains, God  “GIVES LIFE to the DEAD and calls into being that which does not exist.” Death seems final, but God. Yes, but God who gives life to the dead, gave life to Jesus and will give life to us after our earthly bodies cease functioning. How does it make you feel to know that God will give life to you after your earthly death?

Heavenly Father, who GIVES LIFE TO THE DEAD, we praise You and exalt Your name! Thank You for Jesus’s sacrificial death and resurrection. Thank You for raising our loved ones to eternal life. Thank You for the resurrection life we will one day experience. We love You and praise Your holy name! 

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Where is Our Faith in God’s Commands

02/13/2019

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We talk about it. We sing about it. But, how much of it do we have? What am I talking about? Faith. We place our faith in the person of Jesus Christ; that He substituted His body on the cross in place of ours. We stand at a distance and say, “Whew! That’s great. I didn’t have to go through the scourging and crucifixion. Thank You, Jesus. I believe.” But, then, when God says to exercise our faith in the next thing, we back down. He says cut off your sin. We say no. He says forgive. We say no way. He says lay aside your old self. Put on the new self made in the image of Christ Jesus, and we stand there with our arms folded. If we really had faith that God “calls into being that which doesn’t exist,” as Romans 4:17 states, then we would obey His commands trusting that they lead to the promised abundant life. So the question is, where is our faith?

Lord Jesus, You CALL INTO BEING THAT WHICH DOES NOT EXIST. Where is our faith in your daily commands? 

Praise GOD, Who GIVES LIFE to the DEAD

04/06/2018

“God, who GIVES LIFE to the DEAD and calls into being that which does not exist.”

Romans 4:17

There are many things we can give each other, but we cannot give life to someone who is dead. Only God can and does. How does that make you feel? What thoughts do you have as you ponder this attribute of God?

LORD, You who GIVE LIFE TO THE DEAD, we praise You and exalt Your name! Thank You for raising our deceased loved ones to eternal life. Thank You for the resurrection life we will one day experience. Thank You for the life eternal that You have already given us. We love You and praise Your holy name! 

Thank You, God, for CALLIng into BEING what doesn’t exist.

02/04/2018

God, who gives life to the dead and CALLS INTO BEING that which does not exist.”

 Romans 4:17

Have you ever felt a person was “hopeless;” that they would never believe in Jesus and be saved?  If so, be encouraged. Nothing is hopeless or impossible with God. He’s in the business of bringing life to the dead and calling into being that which does not exist. Call to Him. Continue to pray for the one whose situation seems hopeless.

Lord Jesus, You are a great and awesome God who gives life to the dead and CALLS INTO BEING THAT WHICH DOES NOT EXIST. We give You praise, honor, and glory!