THEME: FAITH AND WORKS
“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.”
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Things hoped for not yet seen but they exist in the spiritual realm. Confidence in having seen something that has not been made visible yet. Abraham at the age of about a hundred years did not consider his body as dead or the deadness of Sarah’s womb through weak faith. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief but was strengthened in faith giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God promised, He is able to perform. This was accounted to Him for righteousness (Romans 4:19-22). Abraham was again justified when he offered his son Isaac having waited about twenty five years for his conception. He was perfected through his faith and works, and was called the friend of God. Sometimes we focus too much on the deadness of our conditions and situations and fail to consider the goodness of the Lord. We look at our physical weaknesses and fail to visualize those things which are not yet seen. Some among us have been diagnosed with cancer, ulcers, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, HIV, fibroids, cerebral palsy, corona virus and many other diseases. Some have been told they are barren and can not conceive. Others have been told they cannot get a job or make it in business. Others still lack the basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, school fees, bus fare, house rent etc. Many are trusting God for marriages, houses, vehicles, investments, success, salvation, peace and many other blessings. The Bible tells us that we should not consider the deadness of our situations but be fully convinced that what God promised, He is able to perform. We should also remember that we are children of God and that the Holy Spirit Who dwells in us is greater than the one who is in the world. Like Abraham, we should have faith and declare the victory of Christ in our lives and through our works, we will be justified as righteous.
Lord You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Thank You for Your mercy and love upon our lives, families, churches, nation and the entire world. All glory, honor, power and praise belongs to You Lord. Thank You for enabling us to see this new day in perfect health, it is not by our power nor might but by Your Spirit Lord. Journey with us throughout this week and may Your purposes prevail in our lives, families and nation. We pray that You may heal all those who are sick and suffering for by Your stripes we have been healed. Teach us how to master our faith that it may not fail. We put all our trust in You Ancient of Days, answer all our prayers and fulfill our hearts desires according to Your will. Strengthen us in faith coupled with works like You did for Abraham so that it may be justified to us for righteousness. We are Your children and friends Abba Father, bless us with the blessings of Abraham for we are his seed according to the promise. There is no other God but You Lord, all glory and blessings belongs to You; now and forever. Amen
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