Thursday, December 8, 2016

Living by Faith

Romans 1:17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Here is a question that we all may ask: Do you want to know the secret of successful living? Gods wants to teach it to you. He wants you to know that you can trust Him for everything that happens in this world and in the world to come. Many people find life overwhelming. They look down the road of their lives and fear all sorts of impending disasters and tragedies, believing that nothing looks encouraging, and, therefore, they worry.

Luke 12:25 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”

And that is just the way Satan likes it. He doesn’t want us to trust God. He wants us to fret about our lives, so he attempts to entice us into living for ourselves, in our own power. He says. “Come and do it my way. Forget about God. Try it this way. Live for the pleasures of the flesh. You only go around once, so grab the gusto you can.” If we don’t follow him but instead persist in following God, then what does Satan do? He screams, “Look out! Calamity! The bridge is out! Disaster ahead! Everything is going to fall to pieces!” All lies. Satan wants to fill our hearts with fear and despair so that if we follow God, at least we’ll do it with long faces, furrowed brows, and hearts devoid of joy. The 1828 Webster’s dictionary defines the word “worrying” as: Teasing; troubling; harassing; fatiguing; tearing. Nothing good to gain about it and plenty to lose by it.

But Romans 1:17 offers the solution for troubles, despair, and hopelessness: “The just shall live by faith.” This Scripture communicates the brightness of an everlasting hope in Christ. As we trust in Christ, he protects us. He takes care of our needs and our concerns. As we look to Him, the brooding mists of gray seem to dissolve, and we walk right through them.  You now know the secret to successful living. Live by it. Refuse to listen to Satan’s whisperings. Instead, trust Jesus Christ for this day and for all your tomorrows.

Stop worrying and start living.

Merry Christmas, Brian

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