Michael Brooks shares with us that "Abraham's faith in the resurrection -- a belief that life could be obtained from death -- is what God accepted from Abraham rather than his own righteousness (which he didn't have).
God declared Abraham righteous because he believed God's promise to raise a son from Sarah's womb -- despite the fact that at 100 years old she was barren.
This preview of God's plan for redemption and salvation through Jesus Christ, was evidenced not only in the conception and birth of Abraham's son Isaac, but also when the Lord spared Isaac's life on Mount Moriah (instead providing himself a sacrifice -- see Genesis 22:8).
I believe Jesus spoke about this in John 8:56 when He said: "Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
In our passage today, Paul explains: "The words 'it was credited to him' were written not for him [Abraham] alone, but also for us."
So what must we do to inherit God's promise to Abraham? Paul answers:
"Believe in him who raised Jesus from the dead."
Questions to Ponder:
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
God justifies those who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
If you haven't done so -- will you right now place your hope and trust in the Lord?
Romans 4:22-25 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness.' The words' it was credited to him' were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit—us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."
It's All About Jesus in Pocket Devotions by Michael Brooks of The New Testament League www.ptl.org
"Father, there are so many gray areas in life where we may differ with our own family or even the best of friends. We may very in our preferences of personality styles, giftings, and tastes.
But when it comes to the eternal truths, unchanging principles and commands of Scripture, it is not for us to pick and choose.
We must give full attention to the words of Scripture and build a godly heritage that we can pass on to our children and our children's children. We must uphold and teach the Scriptures that are able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
We want to remain steadfast and faint not as we seek the people of deep conviction with growing faith and sterling character, making a positive difference in our sphere of influence. in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen."
Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 119:162 "I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil."
Today’s quote: Fitzhugh –
“In Jesus Christ we all are equal,
For God’s Spirit makes us one;
As we give each other honor,
We give glory to His Son.”
- Build God a home in your heart. He doesn't want to just visit, but to occupy. Don't refrain Him from taking possession. You'll be glad you did!
- As Jesus paid for your "house", He has the privilege to want to remove or answer what's in there.
13th- Sunday evening’s post: How DO We Honor Christ?
15th- Tuesday's post: #75 Recruiting 1-2 Intercessors C. Peter Wagner
17th- Thursday's post: #76 Asking God C. Peter Wagner
19th- Saturday's post: Man Rules Author unknown (Man's thoughts)
A popular post: Today, I will Make a Difference Max Lucado says:
"I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity.
Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful."
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