Friday, January 22, 2016

living by faith like Muller

Faith is one of the things that is hard to understand but difficult to live without.  There are people who have come in and out of my life as examples of living by faith and sharing their faith with others.  Those who follow Jesus have been blessed with the gift of faith.

This is gift is not based on what we have or can accomplish.  No, this gift is based on the finished work of Jesus.  He completed all we need to get to heaven.  Jesus lived, died and lives again so that faith can be something we understand and make part of our every day lives.  Faith makes life richer. 

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

I started by quoting George Muller.  He lived in the 1800’s, and most of Muller’s ministry was spent pouring his life in to orphans that came through the orphanages he and wife ran.  Stories of their work with these children include how lives were changed as Jesus and faith became real to them.

Muller leaned on God when he or the children had needs.  Often he wouldn’t tell anyone but his staff.  They would gather to pray, and God would answer their prayers many times in miraculous ways.  Faith was something that George lived out in front of those he was responsible for.

We too have opportunities to live by faith.  That does not mean we trust in ourselves.  That means we fully trust God.  Get this very well.  Trusting anything by God rips the possibilities of faith and what faith does in and through our lives.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."

Let your faith thrive by letting God work in and through your life.  We might just see miracles all around!

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