When Faith Becomes Faithful

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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER

Faith – something that is believed, especially with strong conviction, even when there is no proof.

Faithful – having or showing true and constant support or loyalty, keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do.

BACKSTORY – DANIEL AND HIS THREE AMIGOS Continue reading “When Faith Becomes Faithful”

When Faith Stumbles

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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER

Enough – to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary.

Time – an opportune or suitable moment.

Conquered – to defeat through the use of force.

Kingdom – a politically organized community or major territory.

BACKSTORY – A TALE OF TWO CONQUERORS

Both Had A Calling

SaulSamuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.”

David – I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.

Both Had A Mission Continue reading “When Faith Stumbles”

When Faith Seems Inadequate

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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER

Refused (Privilege) – to express oneself as unwilling.

Chose (Mistreatment) – to select freely and after consideration.

Valued (Disgrace) – relative worth, utility, or importance.

Persevered (King’s Anger) – to keep trying to do something in spite of difficulties.

Kept (Instructions) – to maintain a course, direction, or progress.

BACKSTORY

Born Into Adversity Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. (Exodus 2:1-3) Continue reading “When Faith Seems Inadequate”

When Faith Has Its Up And Downs

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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER

End – the part of an area [life] that lies at the boundary [death].
Exodus – a mass departure.
Instructions – statement(s) that describes how to do [what to do with] something.
Burial – the act or ceremony of burying a dead person in a grave.

BACKSTORY

UpNow Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made [an amazing technicolor dream coat] for him. (Genesis 37:3) Continue reading “When Faith Has Its Up And Downs”

When Faith Strikes Out

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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER

Dying – passing from physical life.
Blessing – conferring prosperity or happiness upon.
Worshipping – regarding with great or extravagant respect, reverence, honor, or devotion.

BACKSTORY

Strike One (Conniving)Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. (Genesis 25:29-33) Continue reading “When Faith Strikes Out”

When Faith Seems Ordinary

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Blessed – to confer prosperity or happiness upon.
Their – relating to them as objects.
Future – time yet to come.

BACKSTORY

Genesis 17:18, 19 – And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” (NIV 1984)

Genesis 22:15-18 – The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” (NIV 1984)

Genesis 26:3-5For to you [Isaac] and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.” (NIV 1984)

MUSINGS FROM OTHERS – Just before he died, Isaac blessed both Jacob and Esau concerning things yet to come. (Genesis 27:27–29 for Jacob and 27:39–40 for Esau). In both cases the fulfillment would not come until after Isaac’s death. The promised blessing for Jacob included the words, “Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you” (Genesis 27:29). It is a work of faith to bless about future things (hoped for and unseen) that may still be hoped for and unseen long after you are gone. When the thing itself does not yet exist and only a promise has been given, faith must rule. For the blessing concerned possession of the land which God had promised to him and his posterity, yet in his lifetime he had nothing in that land but the right to be buried.

MY MUSING – Little is recorded about Isaac, sandwiched between his father Abraham, that man of great faith, and his son Jacob, who became the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. His life got off to an extraordinary start, miraculously born as it were long after his parents were physically capable of having children, and spared from death in his father’s great test of faith. Beyond that, his life seems to be fairly ordinary, as if God had skipped a generation. Yet here he is in Hebrews taking his place alongside other giants of the faith. Why, or perhaps better still, why not? [T]hink of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). Oftentimes, he chooses the ordinary to introduce the extraordinary.  Does it seem significant to you that God has ordinary people of faith along with great people of faith on his “honor roll”?

MY ADVICE – Be satisfied with your ordinary calling.  If done faithfully to God, it will be extraordinary to Him.

When Faith Does Not Know Where, How, When or Why

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FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER

Even Though – Used as a stronger way to say “though” or “although.” In spite of the fact.
Obeyed – To follow the commands or guidance.
Not Know – Not in possession of knowledge or information.
Past – Beyond the capacity, range, or sphere of.
Enabled – To make possible.
Promise – A declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something.
Tested – An ordeal required as proof of conformity with a set of beliefs. Continue reading “When Faith Does Not Know Where, How, When or Why”