Rejecting every kind of evil.
Living a life of righteousness in word and deed.
Seeking God and His Kingdom, not the things of this world.
Unconditionally trusting the Lord.
By faith Abraham heard God’s call to travel to a place he would one day receive as an inheritance, and he obeyed. Not knowing where God’s call would take him. By faith he journeyed to the land of the promise as a foreigner. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, his fellow heirs to the promise. Abraham looked ahead to a city with foundations. A city laid out and built by God. Hebrews 11:8-10
The righteousness of God transformed Abraham into a man of faith. An uncommon faith that immediately obeyed God. Even when He said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love— Isaac and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:2
When they reached the place God had told him about. Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. Genesis 22:9-10
Why would the Lord ask Abraham to do such a thing? A request that seems so ungodly, so cruel.
The Lord alone dictates the perimeters of obedience. Sharing His Kingdom with His children— but only on His terms.
Without faith no one can please God. Because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come seeking. Hebrews 11:6
What good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone. Can it?
Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said?
“Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!”
What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs? In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity.
Someone might claim.
“You have faith, and I have action.”
But how can I see your faith apart from your actions? Do you need to be shown that faith without actions has no value at all?
What about Abraham? Wasn’t he shown to be righteous through his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
His faith was at work along with his actions. In fact, his faith was made complete by his faithful actions.
Abraham believed God, and God regarded him as righteous.
What is more. Abraham was called God’s friend.
So you see that a person is shown to be righteous through faithful actions, not through faith alone.
In the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute shown to be righteous? When she received the messengers as her guests and then sent them on by another road?
As the lifeless body is dead, so faith without actions is dead. James 2:14-26
Abraham was convinced God was righteous and His power limitless. If God promised him that Isaac would continue his lineage. God would be faithful to resurrect Isaac upon his death.
So, Abraham stretched forth his hand and took hold of the knife to slay his son.
But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
He answered, “Here I am.”
And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear and revere God. Since you have not held back from Me or begrudged giving Me your son, your only son.”
Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram. Offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice, instead of his son! Genesis 22:10-13
Centuries later a Son was sacrificed.
Because of God’s love for His children, anyone can now have eternal life in Christ Jesus. Whom God made our Wisdom from God. Revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden.
Manifesting itself as our Righteousness. Thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God.
And our Consecration, making us pure and holy.
And our Redemption, providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin. 1 Corinthians 1:30
The time has come for believers to be doers of the Word. Obey the message, not merely listeners to it. James 1:22
Courageously declaring, “Enough! I will no longer compromise God’s Word. No more rationalizations. When the Lord speaks I will get off my pew sitting butt and follow Him wherever He leads, no matter the cost!”
Be a VOICE shouting in the wilderness.
“CHRIST is returning!”