I began doing these devotionals and prayer time each day as a way to provide a consistent means of sharing with our congregation for our Keswick Chapel service when the coronavirus stopped our meeting each week. I did not start this until June as things have been slowly evolving and this is where we are today. At the end of this post please see the link to YouTube for the video version of this devotion and prayer. My goal is not to “fill” time, the goal is to give us all something to chew on through the day. I pray this will be a blessing to you all.
Today, we are looking at four different passages or verses and how we look at these for our life today. Starting with Psalm 133:1, Psalm 129, Romans 3:21-26, and Ephesians 3:16-17.
Psalm 133:1 speaks to the blessing of being unified. In unity, we are able to realize the joy that God envisions for our life in Jesus Christ.
In the Romans passage, Paul is pointing out to the Church at Rome, once again, that God does not differentiate between the Jew and the Gentile. His plan of salvation through the blood of Jesus is meant for all of humanity. Paul says, “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. “There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by HIS grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (TNIV)
In conclusion: the righteousness of God is given by faith to all who believe. Since God see no difference between the Jew and Gentile, then we should see no difference between members in the body of Christ. At the end of the day the only difference God does see is the difference that exists between those who have accepted by faith Christ and those who have not, period.
We, as Christians, are unified in and through the Blood of Jesus Christ. This is our common ground and the place where we start and finish as brothers and sisters in Jesus.
Blessings to you today. Pastor Robert Wallace
Here is the link for today’s devotion and prayer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/aKZP5TnLoW0
Faith is declared to be a noun according to Webster’s Dictionary and yet it acts like a verb. Faith is used as a name and, as such, it makes perfect sense to be a noun. However, when we say he or she has faith or is exercising faith, this is an active statement for faith. Faith involves unquestioning belief, complete trust, and loyalty.
Unquestioning belief is the state of believing or having no doubt. This unquestioning belief is the driver of faith. The active part of faith is the state of being. We say, you exercised your faith today when you approached that individual and witnessed to them about the good news of Jesus. Your faith enabled you to share the Gospel through the action of faith. “What does Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and that faith was regarded as the basis of Abraham’s approval by God.” Romans 4:3 “Then Abram believed the LORD, and that faith was regarded as the basis of Abram’s approval by the LORD.” Genesis 15:6 (God’s Word) In both cases his belief and faith are the same; the action of his unquestioning belief, his state of being, and having no doubt was faith.
Complete trust is a matter of being confident and having assurance in someone or something. How often do we display complete trust? The answer is daily: in things like the brakes on our car or truck; when we want to stop we simply put our foot on the brake pedal and press the brakes into action. We display our faith in each other in varying degrees, our spouse to be faithful or our doctor to know how to help us get well. “Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 (God’s Word) Faith is the action that builds our confidence and assurance into complete trust.
Loyalty is dressed in the faithful adherence to the word of God. We learn as we grow in our journey with Jesus; faith is a companion who works along side us in our endeavors to fulfill the great commission. “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time” Matthew 28:20b (God’s Word) Our best friend is Jesus and he has promised to be with us always! God faithfully adheres to His word. This faithful adherence of God is shown through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for the remission of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us always…this is loyalty.
Because faith is unceasing belief, absolute trust, and devotion, we know that faith is a verb. Sure we are able to say, “Hello Faith, how are you today?” and calling her by name is placing faith in the context of a noun. When we then say that Faith displayed her faith in the word of God, faith was a verb.
Blessings and Peace Always