Let’s return to the Word!!
We have been doing a study on Faith and it might be well to return to it for a bit and do a bit of review and leave some “footprints” of what is especially important to remember.
Faith. This is a big subject. Hebrews 11:1 is not a definition of Faith. It is a description.
Definition: The action or power of making definite and clear.
Description: An account that presents a picture.
Hope. What is that? It is the absolute assurance based on the Word of God.
Let’s back up and look at three words, that are used sometimes all in one place. Take a look at Psalm 32. Also Psa. 51. David uses them again – all three.
Iniquity. More deeply rooted. Pre meditated. Continued without repentance.
Sin. Missed the mark. Failed to do something that I knew was right to do.
Transgression. When crossed the line intentionally or unintentionally disobey.
Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Do you relate? You should. We all should. Everyday. I know I have lots of things that I know I should have done or I should have said, but I didn’t.
We also transgress everyday as well. What happens when you know you should tell someone the truth but you don’t because you don’t want to ruffle feathers. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matt. 5:9) No place are we told to “keep” the peace but we are told to be peacemakers. So every day we transgress.
I’ll close with this. I think Dr. Rogers hit the nail squarely on the head. “Repentance and faith are the two feet that keep us walking. Put down the foot of repentance. Then put down the foot of faith. As I repent of my sins, repentance is God’s way of revealing myself to me. Faith is God’s way of revealing Jesus to me.”
If we do not have repentance on our prayer agenda at the close of the day, there is something wrong with us. Because God’s Word “says” all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We can be “specific” at the close of the day with God because He already knows where we each have fallen short for that day.
It is a comfort to me at the close of my day to be able to be specific with the Lord and repent (not in generality but specifically) on issues and at that point through Faith, God reveals Jesus and the comfort of His healing drops of blood upon my acknowledgments for that day. Thank you Lord, again and again. God shows me through myself seeing the need in my life for repentance then as I acknowledge that, what I see of myself fades and Jesus is revealed to me and the blessedness of the load being lifted off of me transpires.
Until next time.