Faith in the faithful God

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

If anyone should have had unwavering faith in God, it would’ve been the Israelites after they were freed from Egyptian captivity through a series of miraculous interventions from God. But once they set out on their journey, it didn’t take long for them to fear for their safety and began to doubt God. Instead of remembering the God that had saved them, they were wondering why Moses had led them out to die in the desert. Despite all of the ways that God had already shown his glory, they still allowed themselves to forget that he was completely in control. God had allowed them to end up exactly where they were so that he could once again remind them and the Egyptians that he alone is the Almighty God. They were in a place that they were sure would bring about their destruction, but God had other plans!

Initially everything was going great for them as they left their captivity in Egypt looking forward to freedom in a new land. If it was “all about them” – then things were going exactly as they should be. But it wasn’t all about them. God had much bigger plans that were ultimately far more victorious. I wonder if right off the bat they became confident in themselves as they saw their previous place of captivity fade in the distance. It seems as though they forgot that the Almighty God was traveling with them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night because as soon as things weren’t going like they planned, they began to complain. They actually wanted to go back into captivity without God rather than face a challenge with him. Hadn’t God already done enough to give them confidence in his deliverance?  Moses had to remind them:  “Do not be afraid…The Lord will fight for you.” (Exodus 14:14)

Before they ever reached the sea, God already had it all figured out. He knew that the Israelites were going to end up safely on the other side and that their enemies would be overtaken by it. The Israelites were his chosen people, and he would not allow anything to destroy them. God intended all along to gain glory through the Pharoah and his army. He intended to make it known that he was the Lord. 

As I so often do when I read the living Word of God, I can clearly see an application for my own life. How often do I happily skip through life on my own when things are going the way I expect them to be and then get thrown into a panic when things seemingly go off track? How often do I sound like the Israelites did, complaining about how things are all messed up.  Forgetting that my God is in control and that nothing surprises him. This is exactly when I need to gain proper perspective. Godly perspective. I’m a child of God and my life is about far more than the moment. My God-given purpose reaches far beyond today. Whether the “promised land” is clearly visible or seemingly impossible to reach because of sea-sized obstacles, God intends for me to get there – so I can have faith that I will!

Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”- Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. – 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews‬ ‭10:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. – ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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More Than Conquerors 

In all things we are more than conquerors through [Christ] who loved us. – Romans 8:37 

“More than conquerors!”  Let that thought soak in. When I think of the word “conqueror”, I think of the ultimate destroyer. The mighty leader that overtakes all of their enemies without compare. The one that is always victorious. The conqueror’s win is pretty much a guarantee. And the Bible tells us that through Christ, we are more than conquerorsSo if we know we are going to be victorious, who and what should we expect to have victory over? 

Romans 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible full of amazing truths that are critical to grab hold of. I encourage you to read it for yourself, but let me highlight some of the key points. 

First of all, there is no condemnation for those of us that have surrendered our life to Jesus. God’s requirement of righteousness was met for us when all of our sin was covered by the blood of Christ. We are no longer subject to death because of our sin. We receive life because of our righteousness. We cannot be condemned!

Secondly, once we are led by the Spirit of God, we become children of God. The Bible says that we can come to God as our “Abba, Father”, which basically means “daddy”. We have the perfect Father that will always have our back!

We are also ensured that our current suffering is nothing compared to the amazing things God has prepared for us. We have the Holy Spirit within us that can cry out to God for us when we don’t even know what to cry out to God for. The holiest intercession! And because of this we can know that all things are working out for our ultimate good. Nothing will end in disaster. We are guaranteed a happy ending!

This is where the conquerors part comes in. Knowing all of this. That you are declared righteous in God’s sight by the blood of Jesus. That he considers you his very own child. That he is at work in your life, guaranteeing that everything will end up good. Knowing all of this, we must acknowledge that “If God is for us, who can be against us?

Nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus. Not trouble. Not hardship. Not persecution. Not even famine, nakedness, danger or the sword. Nothing!! It is over exactly all of these things that we are more than conquerors!

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.- ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:39‬ ‭NIV‬‬