This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. I feel real good and thanking God for the things to come because I have faith. That’s the lesson we are going to feast on today.

Today’s Prayer

Father, why do bad things happen to good people? Please help us to realize that nothing happens to us that You do not know about, and allow. You may let us make mistakes, and You may let Satan attack us to teach us that we need Your strength and protection. Whatever the source of our problems, You can turn the outcome to good! Oh Lord, forgive us for getting so caught up in trying to run our own lives that we fail to seek Your will; forgive us for often turning to You only in times of crisis; forgive us for being “slow learners;” and forgive us for letting our pride separate us from You. Teach us, Lord, that You are indeed faithful and trustworthy, just as You want us to be. Give us faith to see that Your grace is indeed sufficient to sustain us in all situations. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people. ~Genesis 50:20~

Let’s eat.

The Faith of Abraham

Romans 4

1 Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What were his experiences concerning this question of being saved by faith?

2 Was it because of his good deeds that God accepted him? If so, he would have had something to boast about. But from God’s point of view Abraham had no basis at all for pride.

3 For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous.”

4 When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what they receive.

5 But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work.

6 King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous:


7 “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven,     whose sins are put out of sight.

8 Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord.”

9 Now then, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it for Gentiles, too? Well, what about Abraham? We have been saying he was declared righteous by God because of his faith.

10 But how did his faith help him? Was he declared righteous only after he had been circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? The answer is that God accepted him first, and then he was circumcised later!

11 The circumcision ceremony was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous–even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are made right with God by faith.

12 And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13 It is clear, then, that God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God’s law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith.

14 So if you claim that God’s promise is for those who obey God’s law and think they are “good enough” in God’s sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless.

15 But the law brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)

16 So that’s why faith is the key! God’s promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.

17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings into existence what didn’t exist before.

18 When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, “Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars,” even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible!

19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children.

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.

21 He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised.

22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God declared him to be righteous.

23 Now this wonderful truth–that God declared him to be righteous–wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit.

24 It was for us, too, assuring us that God will also declare us to be righteous if we believe in God, who brought Jesus our Lord back from the dead.

25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised from the dead to make us right with God.

Quote of the Day

The key to lasting happiness and real pleasure in this world is not found in seeking gratification, but in pleasing God. And while the Lord desires that we enjoy His gifts and the people to whom we are joined, He wants us to know that we were created first for His pleasure. ~Francis Frangipane~





Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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