Faith’s Benefits…

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
Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome

But God is so rich in mercy and loves us with such intense love that even when we were dead because of our acts of disobedience, he brought us to life along with the Messiah— it is by grace that you have been delivered.  That is, God raised us up with the Messiah Yeshua and seated us with him in heaven, in order to exhibit in ages to come how infinitely rich is his grace, how great is his kindness toward us who are united with the Messiah Yeshua.  For you have been delivered by grace through trusting, and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift. You were not delivered by your own actions; therefore no one should boast.  For we are of God’s making, created in union with the Messiah Yeshua for a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do.

What have we received? Mercy granted us; the result of an intense love we truly do not fully understand.  We have life and what a difference from the non-believer’s; not because we are ‘special’ but because we have been granted the faith, mercy and love we didn’t deserve; something available to all God’s creation.  What then makes us different? We accepted the gifts; we said yes.  In that moment, the one saying yes changes from a dead person to one full of the life intended from the very beginning.  Thanks to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, we are one with Him as He designed us to be.  Any one receiving those gifts can only respond in like kind. Actions become compassionate, loving, caring and thoughts are focused on Him not ourselves.  He is so rich in love and mercy, forgiveness is given where it is not merited.

Pray – When I meditate on Your goodness and grace I am so humbled and grateful.  You have treated your servant well, Adonai, in keeping with Your Word.  Teach me good judgment and knowledge, because I trust in Your command.

Repent- Before I has humbled, I used to go astray; but now I observe Your Word.

Ask- -You are good, and You do good; teach me Your laws.  The arrogant are slandering me, but I will wholeheartedly keep Your precepts.

Yes – It is for my good that I have been humbled; it was so that I learned Your laws.  The Torah You have spoken means more to me than a fortune in gold and silver.

Source: Ephesians and Psalm 119

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