22 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Today’s Inspiration: God’s righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believes. Romans 3:22. Abraham was credited righteous because of his faith. Romans 4:3. Hence faith surpasses all. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6. Therefore seeking Him and His will must be our priority. We are overcomers only by our faith and testimony as well as by the blood of Jesus.
Our success depends very much on what we believe. What are we seeking now and what do we believe? Biblical faith is about a heart relationship with God. Faith is about knowing God to be of greater value than all the treasures of the world put together. By faith the walls of Jericho fall. Hebrews 11:30.
People do not feel the need to work out our salvation even though Philippians 2:12 commands. If conversion and study of the Bible can make you a totally changed creature, there will be no need to face sin and to die daily on the cross. Luke 9.23. This teaching made an idol of conversion experience, a stronghold of Satan’s deception. Our conversion experience is only a small part of it. The creation of a new being is hampered when a person is badly damaged before coming to Christ. Transformation process will involve a great deal of work. Anger has been one of the greatest heart sins next to fear. The old self that has been destroyed by deceitful desires which made you live as you used to, must be eliminated so that we can put on our new self and our hearts and mind be consistently new. We must not give the devil an opportunity to enter. What you say must be good to the hearers.
Old life’s patterns of bitterness and anger must be rid of. No more shouting or insults, no more harmful feeling of any sort. Instead we should be kind and tender-hearted to one another and be forgiving.
Present problems really have past roots. Our present reactions are learnt from our early life. Emotional baggage of our past is not over till we address those issues. Years of exposure and experience in life have etched emotional groves inside of you which produces a certain type of reaction when a certain topic is introduced. Probing the past to discover how and when we have learnt these reactions is usually productive in seeking to gain control over them in order to change them.
When the problem is sin or abuse, the reaction to its problems and consequences tend to show up in emotional baggage. Whatever that is there must work through if there is to be freedom. Ignoring or bypassing anything asked the enemy to continue with its harassment. We cannot challenge the enemy of our soul. We must remember that Jesus was present when difficult events happened. God wants to provide us with freedom and tells us that once free, we should not react again. Galatians 5:1. Learning and practising the truth frees us from the past. 1 John 1:9, John 8:32, 8:36.