Good morning Jesus, I begin my day resting in my faith of the hope and grace you have in place for me today.

“In hope against hope he believed… with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.  Therefore it was also credited to him as righteousness. Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.” (Romans 4:18-25)

Scriptures tell us, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrew 11:1).  Faith in God and in our salvation from God in Jesus Christ is in itself a gift of God by His grace that flows from the throne room of God and covers us by and in the blood of Jesus.  The righteousness, justification, sanctification and salvation made available to us is a complete gift from God we receive through faith in Jesus Christ. 

So stop worrying yourself to DEATH if you are following or doing the right religious things, following the right church laws or traditions of man.  Stop Killing yourself by trying to “be good enough” or gain or prove your salvation or righteousness through striving and working to earn these yourself. The Death, the Killing, the dying has already been done!   “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:8-10) 

By faith I know the Word, God’s  Son was made flesh and He lived, and died for our salvation, rose again, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. By faith I know that the Holy Spirit is the giver of all spiritual life; of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost; of holiness and happiness, by the restoration of that image of God wherein we are created. And for all of these things, faith is the evidence, the sole evidence, to the children of men.

If our salvation and entering into eternal life with God was based on doing the most simplest work, like lifting the lightest feather of a hummingbird over your head.  If our righteousness before God was decided on being able to complete the simplest task like adding zero plus zero successfully, that would mean some of us would not be saved.  Praise God that salvation is by faith, so that the child next door here in Huntsville Alabama, and the child in the middle of the devastation in Damascus, Syria is on equal ground before God, and when they fall their knees and call out the name of Jesus, they will be saved.

My family, I pray today you will simply sit quietly and as a child affirm your faith in Jesus as your Lord, and rest like a child in the arms of your father, and receive as a child the love and joy of the Holy Spirit.  In Jesus’ name.  Please pray the same for me.

Much love,

Gary

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