Living the Faith of Abraham

Amos 5:14-15, Galatians 3:7-14, Genesis 12:1-7, Romans 4:2-8:

As followers of Jesus, the savior, we have inherited the promises of Israel. Which also means that we should honor the word as it is taught in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.

Yes there is forgiveness, but we should not willing sin.  There is a difference between accidental sin and purposeful sin.

I am a chronic worrier, I work daily to trust God, but daily I fail.  There is forgiveness.  You are probably wondering why there is forgiveness, I allow myself to worry even though I know God tells us to not worry (Matthew 6: 25-34).

The difference is I don’t start out thinking today, I don’t care what God says, I am going to worry.  As I start my day, and pray, one of the things I ask is God help me not to worry.  Then when I do worry , I focus on putting it out of my mind.

It doesn’t always work.  Take the other day, Instead of telling Google my specific destination, I told it to take me to the road that I knew would get me home.   It took us way out of our way.  Extra miles were traveled and we had to get turned around. The gps showed we had been traveling East.  So it took us to the highway heading East. The computer did not know that our intentions were to head back home -West. While we were heading East, and driving on roads that we had never driven, I freaked out.  Until my husband made me realize that Google was taking us back West. God isn’t Google, but God did give me the ability to tell the gps that we wanted to go West, not East.

God may not be Google but if we give our lives to Him, if we trust Him; He is our GPS. He will lead us to better things.

There is really one sin that is unforgiveable.  The Bible tells us that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit- denouncing God.  Even if I decide that I am purposefully going to sin; there is forgiveness, as long as I am remorseful.  If I sin without remorse, then I have to wait for forgiveness until I am remorseful. It is always there waiting for me to ask.

We are not saved by our works, but the world sees us by what we do. If we are striving to live a Godly life, the world sees.  If we don’t judge people, the world sees. If we treat people the way we want to be treated the world responds.  Even before Jesus that is what Abraham understood.  If he follows God, trusts God (and he did even with the life of his only son, Genesis 22) then he things will be fine.

If I try and keep my eyes on Jesus, follow His path for me, and strive to trust Him; I am living as Abraham. I have SALVATION.

Amos:

14 Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. 15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph

Galatians:

7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”  9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”    11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”  12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”  13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”   14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Genesis:

 1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

Romans:

 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

 

 

 

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