The saying, "Hindsight is 20/20" is most definitely true. No matter how young or old we may be, time seems to pass so quickly when looking back to our past lives. There was a trail we were on without knowing it at the time. The saying, "The older you get, the faster the time goes" is soooo true! All the more to have faith in our Almighty GOD Who knows everything!
Psalm 39:5, "Every man at his best state is a vapor " in time!
James 4:14, "What is your life? It is a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes."
Job 4:20, "These bodies of ours are here today and gone tomorrow."
II Corinthians 4:18, "The things we see now are here today and gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see will last forever!" Do you know where you will spend Eternity? I pray for you that it is with our Almighty Savior GOD!
Our lives are but a speck in time.
Hebrews 13:14, "This earth is not our home. We have our eyes set on the City to come."
I Chronicles 29:15, "You know, O LORD, that we pass through life...like a passing shadow and we cannot escape death."
Psalm 39:12, "I am just a traveler passing through (this life) as my ancestors before me."
With all of these things in mind, how much more our faith in our LORD GOD should be. Faith is allowing our LORD Jesus Christ to work through us and not we ourselves. John 14:6, Jesus said, "I Am the way, the truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but through Me!" Put your trust in Christ. You will not be alone in this life or more so when you pass through the door of death into His Life everlasting for you!
Faith increases when: Job 5:9, Job 9:10, "He (GOD) performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted!" Faith increases when: II Corinthians 9:8, "In all things at all times having all that you need you will abound in every good work." Faith increases when: Ephesians 4:15, "In all things grow up into Him Who is the Head, that is Christ." Faith increases by: I John 2:27, "His anointing teaching you about all things." Faith increases when: John 14:26, "The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and He will remind you of everything He has said to you" through His WORD, the Bible. Faith increases when: Romans 8:28, Hindsight reveals, "All things work for the good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose." Faith increases when: Matthew 19:26, "Jesus said, 'With man this is impossible, but with GOD all things are possible.' " Faith: Acts 16:31, "Believe in the LORD Jesus and you will be saved - you and your household!" This belief is not just a head knowledge, but a heart knowledge! No matter what happens in this life, remember: Our life is in His Hands.
What an awesome GOD we have! He is All-powerful, everywhere at once, All-knowing!
Scientist have found within the atom, a violent vibrating mesh that they have no theories for as to why the atom doesn't explode on its own! Hebrews 1:3, "He (GOD) uses His powerful WORD to hold all things together." It will be by His All-powerful word that He will release every atom in the universe. II Peter 3:12, "That Day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire and the elements will melt from the heat!" By GOD's WORD, every atom He now holds into place, He will let go! We know what one atom's explosion is in the atomic bomb. Can you just imagine every single atom in the universe?!
*Omnipresent-GOD is everywhere!*
Psalm 139:7-12, GOD is in the highest heavens, the lowest depths, His Light shines in the darkest realms! Matthew 28:20 tells His Elect that He is with us always! Even in death, IICorinthians 5:8, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD." The Holy Spirit is here, there, and everywhere!
I Chronicles 28:9, Psalm 9:11, Acts 15:8, all tell us that Almighty GOD knows all of our thoughts! Imagine, He knows all of the thoughts everyone has continually! He even knows all of the thoughts we will ever have! He also knows when each animal in the world dies! Matthew 10:29. It would seem everything in this world and its future is GOD's past! What an awesome GOD we serve!
Psalm 52:7, faithis not placed in one's own goods, prosperity, or wealth.
Psalm 62:10, faithis not placed in receiving rewards for evil doing to gain wealth.
Psalm 146:3, faithis not to be placed in rulers.
Isaiah 59:14, faithis not to be seen in the public place to be paraded for one's own benefit.
Jeremiah 29:31, faithis not placing your trust in false beliefs.
Micah 7:5, faithis not to be placed (100%) in a friend or faith in a relative. Our faith is placed in GOD alone Who leads our family/us and friends to assist and confide in one another.
Romans 1:16 & I Peter 2:16, faithis not ashamed of the Gospel.
Romans 2:28, faithis not circumcision of the flesh, but circumcision of the heart. Romans 11:20, faithis not proud. Romans 12:3, faithis not thinking more highly of yourself than others. Romans 14:1, faithis not doubting. Romans 14:22, faithis not self condemning. I Corinthians 2:5, faithis not emotional "footwork."(To appear exalted before others.) I Corinthians 15:14, 17, faithis in vain if one doesn't believe in Christ's resurrection. II Corinthians 5:7 & Hebrews 11:1,7, faithis not by sight. Galatians 2:16, faithis not justified by works.
Galatians 3:12, faithis not in the law, but in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8, faithis not of our self, but of GOD's grace.
II Thessalonians 3:2, faithis not in all men.
I Timothy 1:5 & II Timothy 1:5, faithis not assumed.
I Timothy 5:8, faithis denied by anyone who does not provide for relatives.
Hebrews 11:27, faithis not fearing man.
James 2:17 & Galatians 2:16, faithis dead without works. Works doesn't bring about faith, but faith brings about works.
Faith is believing: Colossians 1:16, "For by Him (GOD) all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him."
Faith in the LORD realizes: Proverbs 21:1, "The king's heart is like streams of water. Both are under the LORD's control. He turns them in any direction He chooses," as so with all mankind.
Faith in GOD: Daniel 5:23, "GOD...determines whether you live or die and controls everything you do." Faith in Jesus Christ: James 1:3, "You know that the testing of your trust (in Christ) produces perseverance." Since the fall occurred in the Garden of Eden (in Genesis), GOD has had a selected Elect. The Elect's perseverance in this world from evil and wicked people (who have chosen to reject Him) is in preparation for: James 1:12, "Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They will receive the Crown of Life He has promised to those who love Him." GOD's Grace has given us the faith to: Matthew 7:13, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it." Almighty GOD is in control of all things! I am so humbled that my Creator has "chosen me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:24) Ask the LORD into your heart. Accept His salvation for your sins, and you will be one among the Elect He chose before creation!
God's grace gives us the faith to seek out His infinite knowledge and wisdom. We will forever be learning of our Awesome GOD. He already knows everything about everything before there was anything.
Matthew 10:30, "Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered," not just mine but every human being from Adam and Eve to the last human He will create! This includes the genetic code of every person, animal, plant, and atom in the universe!
Hebrews 4:13, "Nothing in all of creation is hidden from GOD's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account!" He knows all of everyone's thoughts, words, and deeds simultaneously. They are being recorded (Revelation 20:12.) Psalm 147:4, "He (GOD) determines the number of stars and calls each by name!"
It is because of our LORD God that His Elect can persevere by His Grace, Mercy, and Faith! What an awesome GOD we serve! The Apostle Paul said it this way in Romans 8:18-27, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us! The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage of decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of GOD! We groan as we await the adoption and the redemption of our bodies. All of creation groans to be brought into the glorious freedom of the children of GOD!!!" Total liberation of not just GOD's Elect, but also of the animal kingdom and plant kingdom, the very earth, heavens and universe itself! (Revelation chapters 21-22, Isaiah 11:6-9, Isaiah 65:6-25) The beauty we see on this earth is but a foretaste of what we have awaiting us! Those of us who know the salvation of Jesus Christ have the Holy Spirit in us assuring the truth of GOD's WORD in our hearts! It is unfathomable to even think with our now limited brains, the size of The City! It is 1500 miles long, 1500 miles wide, and 1500 miles HIGH! The space shuttle was up only 200 miles high! I should say, "A New Earth" indeed is talked about in Revelation! But...when we see the face of our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD; nothing else can compare! Revelation 21:3-5, "Now the dwelling of GOD is with man and He will live with them. They will be His people and GOD Himself will be with them and be their GOD. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain; for the old order of things has passed away; everything has been made new!" What an inheritance! GOD's grace gives us the faith of this blessed hope!
Psalm 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of GOD; the skies proclaim the works of His hands." What grace through faith that He has bestowed upon us!
Psalm 104 describes the beauty of all of His creation upon earth.
John Denver's song to his Annie expresses such love that I see my GOD displayed in His Love for His creation. GOD wants to Love you! Let Him fill up your senses! Let Almighty GOD Love you! Let Christ give His Life for you, for He did just that upon the Cross of salvation! Lay beside Christ in death to be raised to Eternal Life in Him!
I would say GOD's grace wins over our faith! * Matthew 23:37, Luke 13:34, "How many times I (Christ) wanted to put My arms around all your people...but you would not let Me." * Romans 10:21, "GOD said, 'All day long I opened My arms to them, but they kept disobeying Me.' " * To think, omnipotent GOD can hold the universe in His hands, yet He also can put His arms around each of us! Who are we that GOD is mindful of us? Are you in GOD's hands for eternity? I am!!! Thank you, Almighty GOD for Your grace to give me faith to have everlasting salvation in You!
The following notes are taken from the program titled "Conversion of the human soul-How GOD converts the human soul." (crosstv.com)
Revelation 5:9-10; The Covenant of GOD's grace brings about our faith.
Questions: Who does GOD bring into His grace? He brings all His Elect. (Romans 11:5-8)
Who are the Elect? They are those GOD chose before Creation. (Ephesians 1:4-5)
Why do some receive and some don't? GOD predestines to His will and pleasure. (Ephesians 1:3-8)
Saving faith can be little or strong (Romans 12:3, faith is given by GOD, "...according to the degree of faith appointed by GOD to him.)
II Corinthians 5:16-17
I John 5:4-5
Beware of the danger of "blurring" faith. The WORD of GOD declares that it is Christ who brings us to faith in Him and not by some work of man. (John 6:35, 37)
GOD's grace brings one to have faith in acknowledging that their sin makes them deserving of hell. Coming to Christ in humbleness of heart brings about His forgiveness and His infilling Holy Spirit Who leads us to Eternal Life! (John 6:37)
I John 3:23-24, Acts 4:22 - "Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."
Matthew 9:24 - is a message of hope and beauty with all the temporal and Eternal blessings and pleasures in Almighty GOD.
Salvation is a Miraculous, Divine free offer. Say yes, LORD, I receive and reach out to your free offer that will never be lost because You, LORD, hold me in Your hands forever! (John 16:22) * Those who recognize our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD are those He chose to do so!!! Thank you, LORD, I am one of your chosen!!!
Ephesians 1:4-7, "For He (GOD) chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In Love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will to the praise of His glorious grace which He has freely given us on One He Loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of GOD's grace."
It is GOD's grace and selection that has given us our faith to trust in His Loving grace of salvation! Have you searched out your faith in GOD's grace for your salvation?
If you belong to the LORD, the answer to the post title is "No!" If you do not belong to the LORD, the answer is "yes." The list below is just a short list of what Faith is for those who are saved in our Savior LORD Jesus. * Ephesians 2:8 "Faith is a gift from GOD." Ephesians 6:16 "Faith is a shield against evil." Galatians 3:22 "Faith is believing Jesus Christ" Colossians 1:23 "Faith is security in GOD." Colossians 2:5 "Faith is discipline." Colossians 2:7 "Faith is strength in GOD." I Thessalonians 1:3 "Faith is endurance" I Thessalonians 3:7 "Faith is comfort in Jesus." II Thessalonians 1:11 Faith is being worthy." II Thessalonians 1:11 Faith is purpose in GOD. Philemon 1:6 "Faith is understanding." Hebrews 11:1 "Faith is assurance in GOD." James 2:18 "Faith has works for the LORD." James 2:26 "Faith is obedience to GOD." James 5:15 "Faith is healing for the believer." I Peter 1:7 "Faith is precious to the believer." I Peter 5:9 "Faith is firm standing in GOD." II Peter 1:3 "Faith is knowledge of GOD." * The greatest faith found in Vestal Goodman's song is below. She now is with our LORD Jesus singing her beautiful song for Him and all of those in Heaven! Thank you, LORD, that we are still able to hear her song!
Webster's dictionary states, "faith - allegiance to duty or a person."
Hebrews 11:1-2, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see! By faith we understand that the universe was formed at GOD's command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible!"
Hebrews 11:6, "Without faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to Him must believe He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him!"
Psalm 100:5, As the verse in the picture above says, "Hisfaithfulness continues to each generation!" ** Romans 3:3, "Will their lack of faith nullify GOD's faithfulness? Not at all! ..." ** Deuteronomy 7:9, "GOD is GOD; He is the faithful GOD, keeping His covenant of Love to a 1,000 generations!" ** Deuteronomy 32:4, "He is the Rock. A faithful GOD who does no wrong." ** I Corinthians 1:9, "GOD Who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our LORD is faithful." ** II Corinthians 1:18, "As surely as GOD is faithful, our message to you is not 'Yes' and 'No'..." ** Hebrews 3:6, "Christ is faithful, a Son over GOD's House." I praise and thank my GOD that His faith in me accepting His Son's death on the cross and taking my sins upon Him will always be to the very point that Jesus Christ said, "No one can snatch you from My hand!" (John 10:28) No man, no angel, no demon, not even Satan himself can take me from my Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD's hand!