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…Be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; – 1st Timothy 6:17

“Christ, …is our life” — Colossians 3:4

[All the faithful saints before us] … confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth — Hebrews 11:13

God gives us “richly all things to enjoy”! We must, however, hold them loosely for though they come into our lives, they are NOT our lives — Christ is; we are just passing through, and so are they.

God picks us up, gives us what (and who) we need for as long as we need, then it/they/we move on. Trying to hold too tightly brings worry, fear, and eventual grief.

— fritz

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The biblical story of Abraham’s sacrificing Isaac disturbs a lot of people. God finally gives him the promised child to make his descendants as numerous as the stars, then asks Abraham to sacrifice that child before he is old enough to have descendants.

Now, Abraham’s a rational guy! If Isaac dies before having children then God’s promise is toast! But scripture tells us about Abraham’s thought process on this.

Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son… Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. – Hebrews 11:17a,19a (MESSAGE)

Abraham’s obedience was more than an act of devotion, it was an act of faith – confident God would still follow through on his word even if it required Isaac to be raised from death.

So Abraham wasn’t lying to his servants when he told them on the way out that he AND Isaac would return from the sacrifice (Genesis 22:5) – he believed it and became the father of faith!

– fritz@langgang.com
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“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” – Hebrews 11:13

There is one final step to following faith – time!

Faith followers of the past did not all receive during their earthly journey what they were wanting, neither did they all receive immediately.  Sure, by faith Abraham received his son, Daniel didn’t get eaten by the lions, and incredibly small armies defeated incredibly large enemies, but the Bible also points to others who received their reward later.

Some children never come to Christ while their parents are alive, yet those parents hold on in faith because of a longer view of life than their breathing.

God is for eternity, our life is for eternity, faith is for eternity.

Be willing to take that last step, the step of time.

– fritz

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

Substance is, actually, a combination of two words in the original language – “under” (or “sub”) and “stand”, hince the literal translation, substance.

If something has substance we can be feel it, hold it, and use it – which is what the heros of the Bible did!

It is not an idea to believe in without any evidence. Real faith is the evidence without which we are only pretending to believe – which doesn’t work.

It’s time to stop pretending and get some real faith from it’s source – God’s word!

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the [spoken] word of God.” – Romans 10:17

Put yourself under some good preaching, read the Bible asking God to speak it into your heart, let the Holy spirit give you the substance of hope and the evidence of what you can’t, yet, see.

– fritz

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Gideon, Barak, Samson … who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised…Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured … Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were … put to death by the sword…destitute, persecuted and mistreated … These were all commended for their faith” – Hebrews 11:32-39 edited

Faith isn’t just shown in receiving of miracles but in staying true and faithful even when you don’t!

– fritz

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For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written – 1st Corinthians 9:9-10a

The Bible, even the Old Testament, was written for us, not just for the people of that day.

It finds fulfillment in the followers of Christ and should always be read that way.

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” – Hebrews 11:39-40

-fritz

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>The idea true Christians are to act from purely (1)altruistic motives is popular but NOT Biblical and not realistic, either!

God doesn’t expect it of us. Jesus tells us “why” we are to rejoice when persecuted, give a cup of cold water to the needy, fast and pray in secret, and even love our enemies:

“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?” – Matthew 5:46 (KJV)

The Sermon on the Mount mentions “reward” no less than nine (9) times – check it out. And compare that with the Bible’s definition of real faith:

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” – Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

Many believe in God (even the devil believes) they just don’t think diligently seeking God will give them what they want right now.

The desire for a reward is God-Given! It keeps us seeking, pushing, longing, looking until we find something that satisfies. It’s the itch that only God can scratch, and He’s not afraid to match his “rewards” with anyone.

He’s the giver of “living” water, the maker of better “wine”, the ladder that connects heaven and earth (John 1:51; Genesis 28:12) and His is the adventure that never grows old.

We all want a reward, I’ll admit that and go for it!

– Fritz

1. altruistic – the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

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