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
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
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
- 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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by J. Randal Matheny © 2015
Trio of death are doubt, fear, and gloom,
Where faith, success, and certainty find no room;
‘Tis almost better to err than to despair —
Better still both truth and zeal to share. Continue reading
by J. Randal Matheny © 2015
What cheerful word, what charm of love?
Who’ll ring the tones of the righteous God
And the deeds of saints? The daily food
To revive our hearts and fill our souls?
What truths of God can entrance the mind? Continue reading
Shall we not leave the faith to the pros?
For living for Christ is the thorn of the rose,
Too tough for the layman, the teaching is hard,
And heavy the need to be always on guard.
Let preachers and elders then do all the lifting,
And college professors the doctrinal sifting;
Such wisdom’s required above and beyond —
We commoner folk don’t know how to respond.
If God had wanted his meaning to be plain,
He’d make the Way easy, removing the pain;
The experts must guide us and save us much woe —
God never expected the masses to know.
To God belong the victor’s song
And strength of arm and eye;
The work and will for vale and hill
Come from a Throne on high. Continue reading
This was the question I received today from someone hostile, as far as I can tell, to all forms of faith in God. Here is what I answered: Continue reading
The sovereign Christ is our only creed,
We love the Lord and follow his lead,
The grace of God, our only deed,
On his Word of truth we daily feed —
What joy! What peace! What rest!