Abraham

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

Hebrews 11:8-10

Abraham is the next character that we find in the Hall of Faith. He is actually listed in this chapter twice. Today, we are only going to look at the first occurence that he is mentioned.

When I read these verses, I make the comparison to that of today’s Christians. This whole chapter of people of faith have lessons that we can learn and use in our lives.

Abraham was called to leave everything he knew and go live in a strange country. Abraham obeyed, and went out. If you follow the life of Abraham, you will see that because of his faith and his obedience, God blessed him throughout his life.

We as Christians are living in a strange country. We are just passing through. We should be looking for that city whose builder and maker is God. To do this, it requires faith.

We are sojourning here in this world. We are temporary residents in this world. We are to be in this world, but not of this world. Abraham, lived in a strange country, but he stayed separated from the inhabitants in that he didn’t become one of them. There was always something different about Abraham.

As we dwell here in this strange country, we should dwell with those who have the same promise we do. I like what the Bible says, “dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.” When I read this verse, I think of church and the people in it. I think of the people that I know who have the same faith as I do, the same promise that I do.

Even though we are in a strange country, God has given us the church so that we can find motivation and encouragement to make it in this world. As a Christian, we should have that church family that we are a part of.

As we journey through this strange country, let us have faith as we look for that city which is built by God. Let us have faith to stay separated from this world. Let us be faithful to church so that we can be blessed and be a blessing to others.

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Christianity Without Charity

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”

I Corinthians 13:2

The verse of the day on my Bible app fell right in line with my last podcast. On the podcast and yesterday’s blog, I talked about loving the sinner and hating sin.

I saw this verse this morning and realized that without charity, Christianity is nothing. The simplest definition that I enjoy of charity is this, charity is love in action. It is one thing to say that you love someone, it is another thing to show that you love someone by your actions to them and for them.

You can be of the wisest, smartest people in the world. You can be a well-renowned Bible scholar. You can be a great speaker. You can wow people with your knowledge and keep them on the edge of their seat with your eloquence. You can be a great motivator and get people excited. You can be all this and more…

But without charity, you are nothing!

Christianity without charity is not Christianity. We saw God’s charity when He sent Christ for our sins. That was God’s love in action.

So what makes us think that we can do Christianity without charity? What makes us think that we can be a godly Christian, a servant, if we have no charity in our lives?

Faith is good. We have discussed it multiple times throughout the blog. We need faith in our lives. We have to have faith in Christ to save us. We have to have faith in Christ to supply our needs. Our faith in Christ can do many things, but it is not all we should have in our Christianity.

Faith causes you to have deeds to point at.

Charity causes you to make a difference in people.

When take a look at life, what is going to matter? The great church we built or the lives we helped? Is building our bank accounts worth more than giving and acting on our love towards others?

Ask yourself today, how is my Christianity? Is it full of just faith without charity? Or do I have charity in my life? Do I really love others like Christ loves me?

Without charity, you are and will be nothing.

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Noah

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

Hebrews 11:7

Can you imagine being in the shoes of Noah?

Can you imagine being told to build an ark? Especially when you have no clue what an ark is…

Can you imagine being told that rain would fall and flood the earth? Especially when you didn’t know what rain or flood meant…

Can you imagine working on the same project for 120 years? Most people’s attention span doesn’t even las 120 seconds anymore!

Can you imagine having faith as great as Noah’s, to take God at His Word and build an ark that was big enough to house every species of animal?

Faith is acting on what you can’t see, knowing that God will take care of you. Noah had no idea what an ark or a flood was, but we see that He trusted and had faith in God.

I see three things in this verse about Noah.

He panicked! The Bible says he was moved with fear! I bet that Noah started to panic when God told Him there was going to be a flood and that Noah was going to have to build this huge ark! Noah probably panicked some more when he found out that this ark was going to be the hope of the world! But even though Noah had fear, even though he panicked, he still did what he was supposed to do. The Bible says that he was moved with fear, he used that fear to motivate himself to succeed!

He prepared. The Bible says he prepared an ark. This ark took 120 years to build. To build something that great for that long took preparation. It was a job that only took a day! It wasn’t a job where he could just wing his way through it. He had to prepare and follow the instructions that God gave Him exactly!

His prize! Noah’s prize for obeying God’s command was that he became an heir of the righteousness by faith. When I see that phrase “heir of the righteousness” I think of the lineage of Jesus Christ. Because Noah obeyed, he was part of the long line of people that led to the birth of Christ. I also think of the phrase in the sense, he was an heir to righteousness by his faith, he was saved from the flood by his faith.

The practical application we can take from Noah is this…

  • If you are fearful, keep moving forward, God will take care of you.
  • God has something He wants you to do, prepare and be ready for it. Your life and the life of your family will depend on how you obey God.
  • Faith and trust in Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, this makes you an heir of the Heavenly Father.

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