This week at the hospital I had an amazing visit with a couple. They are truly living in God’s grace. Anyway, it prompted me to talk about faith with you. Please receive it as an invitation for you and I to think about God's possibilities for our lives.
I strongly belief that living in grace and by faith is what life is all about. I read in Hebrews, chapter 11, that without faith we cannot please God.
I translate what I read as grace-living faith being the faithfulness of God’s love. Such a love creates in us a trust so great that it becomes the core-substance and the basis of life — no matter if the ground around us is shaking or not. Faith IS the inner core of our existence.
As a faith believer, I understand that God calls all of us to be faithful — even when we can't see what God is doing and/or understand what God is doing. My take is that even if I don’t like what God is doing and the immediate results are discouraging, I am to exercise faith and grace.
When I look back, I'm always amazed to see what God has done in my life and in the life of my family. I am always amazed with how God is present in the midst of the most difficult situations.
I have so many stories I could share with you, but time does not allow me to do that at this moment. I can honestly say though that I have witnessed God at work in all the moments of my existence.
When we exercise faith, we allow God to be God. Faith helps us trust in God, rather than in ourselves and/or in our circumstances.
God wants us to learn to speak God’s language of love and compassion. With God as our Helper, we can keep the hope before us, trusting the Holy Spirit to guide us and comfort us.
One more thing before I let you go, I’ve learned that faith cannot be acquired in isolation. Faith is the basis of our relationship with God and with one another.
To be in a relationship with you right now is a blessed opportunity — a true gift from God. We are here right now, not by chance. We are here because God set aside this time and place for us.
Maybe you are in a place where you need to be strengthened in your walk with God and you need the affirmation from God through the community of faith around you (I am in that place). I don't know, but I feel called to remind you (as well as myself) of that...
By faith and his trust in God, Moses was sustained.
By faith, the people passed through the Red Sea...
Rahab was a living testimony of God's boundless grace because of her faith.
By faith, the walls of Jericho came tumbling down.
And I could go on and on but you got the idea. So, my dear friends, by faith I am and by faith you are.
There is no question that living faith strongly involves human hope, human trust and obedience.
By God's grace, let us walk by faith and live in hope, so that we may freely receive what God wants to freely give. In other words, we are to be always moving on by faith because we are living in God's grace.