Increasingly Amazed

As I have gone verse by verse through Genesis, I am increasingly amazed at the grace of God. When studying the book of Genesis, you begin studying the lives of these great men of faith. Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are listed in Hebrews 11 as great men of faith and as men of great faith.

But as I study each one I find that they are flawed. They are badly flawed, inconsistent, and selfish. Many times they take things into their own hands rather than rely on the Lord.

Yet, God calls them all men of faith. This is a great encouragement to me. For you see, God uses the rebels, the inconsistent, the weak, and the sinner to accomplish His plan. Your call is to “walk in His ways,” and as you do your best to obey, trust, and live to please Jesus, He uses you. Sure, we will fail. Sure, we will sin. Sure, we will lack faith, but God can still use you for His kingdom.

It isn’t the great faith of these men of God that should excite you. Maybe the mercy & grace of a great God, who can use you, should be the most thrilling thing in your life!

Our Hope

I love the verse found in 1 Peter 1:12. “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Our focus, calling, hope, assurance, and future is all wrapped up in one event! The Return of Jesus Christ is our future! What a glorious event it will be! The Bible says, “every eye shall see Him, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord”. This verse in Peter states that “all grace” will be brought to you on that day. What a day that will be! I am ready for it, it is my assurance and confidence!

Giving (continued)

Here are four reasons why I believe we should still be giving a tithe. (1) The tithe predates the Law. Abram paid a tenth before Moses ever came onto the scene. (Gen. 14) Therefore I believe it is a principle that God placed into motion before the Law existed. I believe it is a principle to be followed just as God gave us a Sabbath rest principle in the 7 day week. (2) If your point would be that we live under grace and not law, I would challenge you to then give well beyond a tenth. What the Law required, is far outweighed by grace. Therefore a tenth does not meet the standard of Grace! (I will give the last two in the next post) God bless!