Word for Monday…

 

Hebrews 11:8–10 (NASB95)

8   By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.

9   By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;

10   for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

 

(Foundations are the most important part of a building.  If the foundation is weak, the building will eventually crumble.  Now, God is a great architect and builder. He knows that the foundation is important and that is why He says we are to build upon rock and not sand.  That rock is the Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ.  There is no other foundation that can be laid for spiritual life, growth and success than Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:20 (NASB95)” having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,”  The cornerstone is the guide for all other stones of the foundation.  The cornerstone keeps the building straight and square.  Our righteousness must be measured by the righteousness of Christ.  Our faith must be compared to the faith of Christ.  Our hope must be in the Hope of the world. Our love must be measured by the love of Christ.  In all these areas we will fall short. We must reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ.  As we die daily, He will be able to live His life through us.  Having ‘building’ problems?  Talk to the Master Builder, Abraham did…)

 

In Him,

 

Jim Ray

Word for Tuesday…

 

Hebrews 11:11–12 (NASB95)

11   By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.

12   Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

(Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  How do we get faith?  By hearing. How do we hear? By the Word of God.  “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 (NASB95)

The Greek word for “word” in Romans 10:17 is ‘rhema’.  ‘Logos’ is the written word while the ‘rhema’ is that written word made real to us by the Spirit of God.  If faith would come by hearing the Bible, we should get some big loud speakers and broadcast the reading of God’s Word and everyone would get faith.  It doesn’t work that way.  Spiritual things can only be received by spiritual people.  As we allow the Spirit of God to make real the Word of God in our spirit, we will have faith birthed in our spirit to believe in God and walk with Him.

How do we do this?  How do we get the ‘rhema’ of God’s Word?  We do it by meditating, reflecting, ruminating on the ‘logos’ of God. We can speak, sing, pray the ‘logos’ of God back to God and He is faithful to speak to our spirit.  As we wait upon the Lord, He will renew our strength by the ‘rhema’ of His Word.  Sarah received ability to conceive by faith.  May we wait upon the Lord so that we can conceive the ‘rhema’ of God’s Word in our lives.  He is faithful and will do what He has promised and bring life out of death…)

 

In Him

 

Jim Ray

 

 

Word for Wednesday…

 

Hebrews 11:13–16 (NASB95)

13   All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

14   For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.

15   And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.

16   But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

 

(This world is not my home, I am just passing through…should be the theme of our heart.  Sometimes we can get confused and think the USA is our country, our home.  We get pretty comfortable here and rely on the things of this world to be our ‘god’.  I am truly patriotic…to the Kingdom of God.  I do not believe in the USA right or wrong.  How can sin be covered by patriotism?  How can the abandonment of Godly principles in life and marriage be excused before our God?   Abortion, sodomy, pornography cannot be covered except by repentance and faith toward God.  Adultery, greed, malice cannot be forgiven except by crying out to God for forgiveness.  We are not citizens here but only passing through.  By faith we are seeking another country whose maker and Lord is God.  God has prepared a city, a country for us.  We may have been born in a particular country, but we must put God first.  Paul was a Roman citizen but he knew where his allegiance resided.  Any country is blessed by having Christians intercede before God for forgiveness of the sins of the people and land.  How can we truly be salt and light if we having been absorbed into the worldly culture of our day?  How can we be examples of His grace if we think being an American is better than being born in some 3rd world country?  This is not our home…we are aliens and pilgrims seeking a better Kingdom…

1 Peter 2:9–12 (NASB95)

9   But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

10   for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11   Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

12   Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.)

 

In Him,

 

Jim Ray

Word for Thursday…

 

Hebrews 11:17–19 (NASB95)

17   By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;

18   it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.”

19   He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.

 

(Abraham had received the promises from God that he and his family would be blessed and all the nations of the world would be blessed through him.  The key to this blessing was having descendants.  If the promised son, Isaac, was sacrificed, how could the blessings be made real?  Abraham had faith in the God who could raise the dead.  Abraham fully believed that he could kill Isaac and God was able to bring him back to life.  Abraham believed in the resurrection!  Real faith is centered on the God who can raise the dead.  Real faith is in the One who raised from the dead, Jesus Christ.  Isaac was a type of Christ.  Isaac was the son who was to be sacrificed by God’s command.  Jesus, on the other hand, was actually killed, actually died and, oh glorious day, rose again.  I am more and more disheartened with the word ‘Easter’.  Easter brings up the thought of eggs and bunnies.  Celebrating the Resurrection of the Son of God from the grave as conqueror of sin and death is worth celebrating every day…)

 

In Him,

 

Jim Ray