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Hard Lesson to Remember

July 5th, 2012
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Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? (NASB – sent from CadreBible)

Growing up we learn that responsibility is a hallmark of maturity. Paul even speaks of laying aside “… childish things ….” One thing we need to retain, however, is a complete dependence on God. Jesus likened this faith in God to children trust when He said that without that absolute trust that children display we couldn’t enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. ┬áThis seems to present an issue for me because much of my adult life I’ve been taught that success is attainable by greater efforts. The aphorism “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” comes to mind. While God speaks to the value of industry over sloth, He also points out that spiritual goals are not attained by effort but through belief and even submission; characteristics often deemed less effective. One primary goal is righteousness and here’s what the Bible says about a Abraham.

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Abraham’s Heritage

July 1st, 2012
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Romans 11:28 From the standpoint of the gospel they [Israel] are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; (NASB – sent from CadreBible) Paul wrote this to Christians almost 2,000 years ago. Today my grafting into the heritage of Abraham begins & ends with Jesus. It is by His holy sacrifice I share in the lineage and history of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. I don’t share the last 2,000 years of history with my Jewish family; there are many things I don’t share in that contribute to the personna of being Hebrew but in the faith of Abraham, faith that was credited to him as righteousness, therein I am, likewise, a follower. I am still a believer that the Messiah of God will one day and for all eternity rule from Jerusalem but that isn’t a threat to any people but rather a wonderful, loving example of God’s patience with all people in how Christ has not yet returned. God waits, calling everyone to enjoy the wealth of the riches of His glory in exalting Him. It is grace that allows me to follow in Abraham’s faith and it is love that stays God’s righteous and holy judgement. I thank God for such a complete plan that allows both Jews of the chosen heritage, His beautiful nation, and those of us not born physically into that heritage, but born spiritually, to partake in His love and blessings.

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