Frantic? or Faithful?

When Elijah fled from the threats of Jezebel, he was asking God to take his life.  (1 Kings 19:4).  The Lord then led Elijah to Mt. Horeb (Sinai), where Elijah confessed to the Lord that he was the only prophet left – all the others had been killed  (1 Kings 19:10).

 

Even though Elijah had just been given an immense victory over Jezebel and her prophets; in a matter of days he thought the battle was lost.  His world had seemed to turn upside down, but God was not finished.  He had plans to finish this particular battle, and Elijah was a key player.

We too, can observe the world around us, and become frantic due to all the chaos and upheaval, but we need to remain faithful. 
 
Men will always cause problems on this earth, but God is steadfast, immovable.  Jesus said: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matt 28:20.
 
Don’t become frantic.  Be faithful.  The Lord knows what he is doing.

 

Rick – 2017



That No One Should Boast

The difference between salvation by works and salvation by grace is the difference between, “Hey, look what I’ve done!” and “Look what God has done for me.”
 
We are saved by grace through faith.  There are works that demonstrate the reality of our faith (James 2:21-24), but no works have merit to cancel sins or earn salvation.  If they did, we could boast in them.
 
Paul wrote, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of your selves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). 
 
“For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God” (Romans 4:2).
 
“I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom, but I will boast in Jesus Christ; His death and resurrection.  Why should I gain from His reward?  I cannot give an answer.  But this I know with all my heart:  His wounds have paid my ransom” (How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, Stuart Townend).   “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14).
 
Cecil May,
Montgomery, AL via
House to House/Heart to Heart