By Faith

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Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

I just read Hebrews 11. Wow.

By faith Noah built the ark when warned about things not yet seen.

By faith Abraham went when he was called, even though he didn’t know where he was going.

By faith Abraham was enabled to become a father, because he considered Him faithful who had made the promise.

By faith Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God.

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if on dry land.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the people marched around them for seven days.

By faith.

By faith.

By faith.

Our God wants our faith. He wants us to believe in Him and trust in Him. Even when we can’t see the end. Especially when we can’t see the end. We are called to step out in faith and follow regardless of the cost, regardless of how we will look, regardless of what others will say. Just step out in faith and follow.

It is so easy to say and can be so hard to do. If we continue looking at our circumstances, the obstacles, the mountains ahead, it becomes all but impossible. So let’s change our view. Let’s stop looking at the circumstances, the obstacles and the mountains ahead. Let’s look at the One who controls it all. The One who has already seen the end and knows each step it will take to get there. He has given us a grand history to look at. We get to see so many ways He already provided all throughout history. Now it’s our turn.

Let’s step out in faith and do whatever God is calling us to do. And let’s cheer each other on and celebrate together each time He moves a mountain.

Or parts a sea.

Or knocks down a wall.

 

Are you with me?


Because He Loves You

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I saw a video in my small group at church a few weeks ago. It was part of the Respectfully Yours series by Emerson & Sarah Eggerichs. This particular video was focused on not finding our worth in our spouse, but in the God who created us and loves us. Loves us so much that He sent his only son to die for us. So much that He waits patiently, hoping we will come to Him and have a relationship with Him.

Not love like we know as humans. We use the word “love” for things that don’t matter. We love food, cars, music, tv, the weather (or not!). We have used “love” so loosely, that it has lost all meaning.

That is not how God loves us. He loves us with an unrelenting, passionate, faithful, constant, immoveable, unconditional love. Love we can’t experience anywhere else. And when we wonder if we are worthy of God’s love, when we feel unloveable and unlovely, it doesn’t change God’s love. His love for us isn’t based on us. It’s rooted in His character.

So the next time you ask why in the world God would love you, hear the echo of Emerson Eggerich’s words like I do.

He loves you.

Because He loves you.

Because He loves you.

Because He loves you.