-But truly, she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father but not of my mother; and she became my wife. When God caused me to wander from my father’s house, I said to her, This kindness you can show me: at every place we stop, say of me, He is my brother-
Sunday’s Trivia Question Was:
What two Bible Characters Were both Husband and Wife…And also Sister and Brother??
Answer: Abraham and Sarah
Yes…Abraham and Sarah were indeed Married-Siblings. According to Genesis 20:12, Sarah Was Abraham’s ‘half-sister.’
They shared the same father, Terah…but they had different mothers…and from time-to-time, they neglected to share the whole truth about their relationship…In other words…They Lied!!
We see in Verse 13, Abraham and Sarah connived together, and agreed to tell this lie about their relationship…”every place they stopped”…and yet God still called Abraham ‘Faith-Full,’ and a ‘Friend of God.’
So…Why did God call Abraham ‘Friend’ in James 2:23??
…Why does the Bible call Abraham the Father of Our Faith in Romans 4:16??
Because Although Abraham was an imperfect individual…an incestuous, liar…guilty of sin…deserving of death…
HE BELIEVED IN GOD…by Faith!!
-And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness
(right standing with God)-
It wasn’t because of Abraham’s perfect life or his excellent behavior…or his attempts and efforts (his works) to try to behave and live a ‘saved’ life that God considered him righteous!!
But is Was Because Abraham BELIEVED in God…Even Though Abraham was still lying and living a ‘jacked-up’ life…
We cannot make ourselves Righteous…no matter how ‘saved’ or ‘holy’ We ‘strive’ to live.
We can only BELIEVE unto Righteousness…by Faith!!
-For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God-
So On Your Very Best Day…When You’ve ‘Strived’ to Be Your ‘Holiest’ – When You’ve repented and prayed first thing in the morning…
When You’ve gone out and fed the hungry and clothed the poor…
When You’ve said all the right words…blessing and edifying Your sisters and brothers in Christ…
When You’ve avoided the alcohol and drugs…
When You’ve passed on playing that hand of ‘Spades’…
When You’ve resisted the temptation to lust after that attractive man or woman…
When You’ve Gone to Prayer Service…and Prayed…Danced…and Shouted!!
…And When You’ve made it home, at the end of the day to bless Your family, pray and repent again for all the sins that You’ve committed and also for those You’ve omitted, before going to bed…
God says all these good and wholesome efforts and attempts at striving to attain righteousness are like filthy, greasy rags!!
-We are all infected and impure with sin.
When we display our righteous deeds,
they are nothing but filthy rags.
Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,
and our sins sweep us away like the wind.-
We are not ‘saved’ By Our Works – Our Best Efforts to avoid Sin and to Repent from sin are Not an Acceptable Sacrifice to God!!
Praise God that ALL of Our Current Sins…And ALL of Our Future Sins, Have Already Been ‘Whited-Out’ By the Blood of Jesus!!
Because of His ‘Free’ Gift…
From God…To the Believer-
We are ‘saved’ by God’s Grace…through faith…when We BELIEVE in God’s Son, Jesus Christ!!
-Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction-
So Righteousness is meant for ‘ALL’ BELIEVERS!!
And…So, there is no distinction between circumcised and uncircumcised…there is no distinction between drunk and sober…there is no distinction between Abstinent, Virgin…and Adulterous, fornicator!!
God says The Sinner is ‘Made Right’ when He Believes…not when He ‘Gets Right’…and not when He begins to ‘Live Holy!!’
We are ‘Made Holy’ ONLY Because Christ IS Holy…and ONLY because Christ Dwells on the inside of Us, by His ‘Holy’ Spirit!!
We are Made Fully, Totally, and Completely, Righteous when We ‘BELIEVE’ In Jesus Christ…And Confess that He IS Our Lord!!
So When That Alcoholic Believes and Confesses that Jesus is his Lord…He is ‘Saved’ even though he hasn’t yet, quit drinking…
When That Prostitute Believes and Confesses that Jesus Christ is her Lord…She is ‘Saved’ even though she hasn’t yet, quit turning tricks…
-Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
(Romans 10: 9-10)
So No Matter What our External Condition Is…
Our Internal Condition is Changed…After Jesus!!
He Makes Us ‘Holy’ Inside…Even Though Our External Condition is Yet…unchanged!!
After We Believe In Jesus and We Confess Him with Our Mouth…Then…The Holy Spirit comes to live in EVERY single one of Our hearts…circumcising our hearts…convicting US of sin…and convincing Us that habitual sin is not acceptable for Our New Lives…and He Transforms Us…from the inside out…by renewing Our Minds with the ‘Saving’ Truth of God’s Word!!
Jesus Justifies Us…and ‘Makes’ it Just-as-if We have Never…Ever Sinned!!
Just Like The Alcoholic…never drank!!
Just like the Prostitute…never turned a trick!!
God Does Not Condemn Us Because We Battle with Our Flesh…Nor because We are Imperfect…Because Jesus Christ has Cleansed Our Hearts and He has Perfected Us!!
…And The Holy Spirit is Transforming Us…from the inside-out…So Let The Holy Spirit have HIS Way in Your Life…cooperate with HIM…and Let HIM finish ‘HIS’ Job!!
Jesus Loves You and If You Have Received Him…You Have Believed unto Salvation!!
Believer, We WILL Be in Heaven, Together!!
God Loves You and So Do I!!
Don’t forget to Be a Blessing…
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