Monday, November 16, 2020

The Promise and Faith

The Promise by The Martins

I never said that I would give you silver or gold 
Or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold 
But I did say you'd never walk through this world alone 
And I did say, don't make this world your home 
I never said that fear wouldn't find you in the night 
Or that loneliness was something you'd never have to fight 
But I did say I'd be right there by your side And I did say I'll always help you fight 

'Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep 
My grace will be sufficient in every time of need 
My love will be the anchor that you can hold onto 
This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you 
I never said that friends would never turn their backs on you 
Or that the world around you wouldn't see you as a fool 
But I did say like me, you'll surely be despised 
And I did say my ways confound the wise 
I didn't say you'd never taste the bitter kiss of death 
Or have to walk through chilly Jordan to enter into rest 
But I did say I'd be waiting right on the other side (yeah, yeah) 
And I did say I'll dry every tear you cry 

'Cause you know I made a promise that I've prepared a place 
And some day sooner than you think you'll see me face to face 
And you'll sing with the angels and a countless multitude 
This is the promise, this is the promise I've made to you 

So just keep on walkin', don't turn to the left or right 
And in the midst of darkness, let this be your light 
That hell can't separate us and you're gonna make it through 
This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you, oh 
This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you

The Faith...

Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen. For by it the people of old gained approval.By faith we understand that the world has been created by the word of God so that what is seen has not been made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he was attested to be righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for before he was taken up, he was attested to have been pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him. By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he left, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as a stranger in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore even from one man, and one who was as good as dead at that, there were born descendants who were just as the stars of heaven in number, and as the innumerable grains of sand along the seashore.

All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen and welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country which they left, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and the one who had received the promises was offering up his only son; it was he to whom it was said, “Through Isaac your descendants shall be named.” He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as though (seeing Him who is unseen. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch them. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after the Israelites had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.

And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mocking and flogging, and further, chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented (people of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, on mountains, and sheltering in caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

Yes those are long readings this morning but it's God who brought them together in my mind today.  As my former Pastor used to say in his sermons in Elyria, context is the key. 

You just read an entire chapter in Hebrews as it was meant to be read.  In whole not in part. 

We are heading, as a civilization, to a destiny destination with the judgment of God.  Some, as Scripture says, will not taste death, for the Rapture will occur. Others will indeed be saved throughout the Tribulation.  

Faith and the Promise.  The Promise and the Faith.  They go hand in hand.  We who are in Christ must believe that He is, and is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 

We need to realize my friend, that, Scripture cannot be changed.  Regardless of feelings, regardless of anything, Scripture must be fulfilled.  There were times in the Old Testament when the Lord would brook no further delay.  Judgment came at the Flood.  Judgment came at the crossing into the Promised land. Judgment came to Goliath. Judgment came to the people of Israel.  Judgment came and comes to every country and every person.  Sin has to be destroyed. 
Sin must be judged. 

In Christ sin is defeated. Only in Christ. 
That too is the promise of redemption. 

In this world there was, and is, no path to be had to Heavens gates except through Christ Jesus.  

We are in some hard times. We will face still harder times.  We stand with those who we read about in the Faith.  Jesus stood by Paul. He stands by each of us who are in Christ. 

This life isn't ours to live for ourselves.  It's to be a time of growing up to all the fullness in Christ. To lead and show others the way to Salvation. 

Consider well today God's promises to you. 

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