Works can be a stumbling block…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Romans 9:30-33

What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith;

but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.

Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,

as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Is it not true that those who have do not always realize what they have and those who do not have cherish the very same thing when given it? This provision for our salvation from the penalty of death is given to all-freely-by faith; and yet we still see in each of the various denominations and sects a requirement for works to achieve something freely given.  How is that?  Human nature, mankind, takes what God gives freely, at great cost to himself, and begins to  put requirements on it?  Why?  It is hard to believe that an all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present God, who is the Creator of all would love us that much and show us that mercy and grace-free for the believing.  And when we believe; we freely through the change begun in us and out of a response of love to love begin to do freely what some would try to require of us.  Human nature must love to always put the cart before the horse!  When we fully grasp that faith is the only requirement for salvation on our part, what freedom we experience!  Following on that initial faith we then begin to exercise faith in all areas of our life.  Believers have no room for fear of any kind if they are filled with faith and truly trust God.  Who is our source?  Who provides life over death?  We believe and we receive and it’s that simple and that complex at the same time.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

From the Lord:  Do not let Satan steal your joy!  Do not let the enemy steal your dream!  Do not let your senses and feelings steal your appointment given by God!  Dreams come from above for the believer.  Dreams put faith to work and bring joy and fulfillment.  As long as we live we have purpose given to us by our God, as long as we have purpose we have ability to fulfill that purpose.

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