Thursday, July 14, 2011

Daily devotional: The fruitfulness of faith in God

Scripture
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Observation
Jeremiah 29:13 says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." In Matthew 7:7, Jesus says, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." I must believe that God exists and that He will reward my earnest seeking, in large part by revealing Himself to me. Sometimes I doubt God's presence and His reality. But I also need to remember from 1 Corinthians 13:12 that "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."

Application
Earnestly seek God, believing in faith that He exists! Let Him be my reward (Genesis 15:1), my portion both now in the land of the living (Psalm 142:5), and as I desire to be with Christ (Philippians 1:23) and long for the heavenly country where my citizenship lies (Hebrews 11:16), the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:10).

Prayer
Lord, thank you for revealing Yourself to me through Your Word and though Your Holy Spirit who dwells within me. I know that I now see but a dim reflection of what I will see face to face in heaven. I can't wait to be with You, to understand You more fully, to see what You look like and how the biblical descriptions align with heavenly reality, to ask You about questions of theology, history, and origins. I can't wait to fully experience Your incredible love in person, to realize the full magnitude of Jesus' sacrifice that has made me perfect forever even though I am now still continuing to be made holy (Hebrews 10:14). Thank you that I am righteous, not because of my perfect actions or religiosity, but because of the blood of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Strengthen my faith like that of Abel, of Noah, of Moses, of Abraham, of Stephen, of Paul, of James and John. Let my worship be sweet fragrance to You and my life point others to You. You are my portion, my great reward, and I love you.

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