For Faith No Friday’s Black

For faith no Friday’s black,
There is no spiritual hack,
No shortcut or painless way,
No easier price to pay —
For life, prepare to lose:
To die on a Cross we choose.

JRMatheny

When they saw

How to reignite our joy and hope, when we have lost them?

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” Jn 20.20.

Jesus’ resurrection is the proof of all that God proposed to accomplish for humanity. The risen Christ restores the joy of receiving God’s gift and the hope of a future within his purpose. Continue reading “When they saw”

Glory for accessibility

God allows no one to stand between us and saving faith in Christ. No one can rule over our faith. Christ and Christ alone opens our access to God. We can be bold in our approach to him. We are coworkers with all of God’s children, because there is no hierarchy in his kingdom—only Christ as head and all saints as members of the body. Praise God for being accessible and receptive to our approach!

Find Success

Deliver to the Lord your works and plans,
And find success when all is in his hands.
No deed will turn out well he doesn’t bless,
But faith unleashes power — from God, no less.
Believers in the Spirit accomplish more
Than any can imagine, his riches pour
Upon the faithful for the kingdom’s use;
The least of Christ can never give excuse
Of lack or little — all is ours, and we
Are God’s possession, and he with his is free.

Action: Conquer

READ: “Because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith” 1 Jn 5.4.

THINK: By faith David won over Goliath. The world (=everything and everyone against God) appears to be immense, but God is greater. We already know the ending. Victory depends only on our faithfulness. Faith has content: Jesus as the Son of God, 1 Jn 5.5. Victory through Christ is a motive for gratitude and praise, 1 Cor 15.57. In him, we are more than conquerors, Rom 8.37. Continue reading “Action: Conquer”

Action: Cooperate

READ: “I do not mean that we rule over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because by faith you stand firm” 2 Cor 1.24.

THINK: Christians are coworkers with God in the gospel, 1 Cor 3.9; 2 Cor 6.1, and with their brothers and sisters in order to save others and promote faith, Phil 1.5; 4.3; Col 1.7; 4.7, 11; 3 Jn 8. No one has “dictatorial power” (TLNT) over another; faith cannot depend on another, except God. In God’s kingdom only Christ is Leader. Continue reading “Action: Cooperate”

Action: Believe

READ: “and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” 2 Tm 3.15 NET.

THINK: Faith comes by hearing the truth in Scripture. Faith has to have content: in Christ. It is the initial condition for salvation. What’s important is to believe in Jesus and let that faith lead us to obedience. Continue reading “Action: Believe”

Faith Is the Victory

  • READ: “Everyone who is a child of God has the power to win against the world. It is our faith that wins the victory against the world.” 1 John 5.4 ICB. (More)
  • THINK: Remember David before Goliath. The world seems large, but God is greater.
  • PRAY: God who inspires faith, thank you for the victory over the world. I believe! Strengthen my faith.
  • ACT: Show the victory of faith by turning problems into opportunity to show the glory of God.
  • ASK: What can I do today to demonstrate that my faith is victorious?

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