Friday, January 15, 2010

Trust and Faithfulness

"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." Galatians 3:16

In Paul's brilliant defense of the truths of the Gospel to a church tragically falling into a legalistic system, Paul uses the argument that Christ is the only heir to the promises of Abraham. In Galatians 3:16 he states that the promise was to Abraham's seed not seeds. He clearly states that the promises are not to many but to one--even Jesus Christ. Oh! That we would hear the voice of the Lord in this. We are over-comers not by our pathetic works of righteousness. We are written into the will of God's promises by being in Christ. "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29

All you need today, you already have by faith in the one true heir. Do you need deliverance? Is there a prayer you need answered? Do you want your relationship with God to grow? Do you need help in trusting God in these uncertain times? The heir of all things has the answer already--only trust Him.

The enemy, of course, doesn't want you to see the simplicity of faith. His plan is to get you to focus on your works and then bind you in an endless cycle of guilt that never overcomes in Christ. When we don't receive because we are trying to merit it--he tells us that it is because God doesn't love us, we are too sinful, or some other excuse meant to bind us. His plan is simple. He simply wants you to be ineffective in all you do for the Lord.

By not exercising faith in the work of our Savior, we tend to try to show the Lord how we can serve Him without His assistance. That is why Paul started this discourse on the heir by using a series of pointed questions. "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." Galatians 3:3-7

So what have you received from God for all the "good" you've done? Nothing!
What have you received by simple, child-like faith--everything!
Trust Him today!

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