WORDKEEPING & FAITH

 

 

Faith is our spiritual hand that reaches for God’s Grace, His saving power. The ability to trust and believe in God without reservation is a marvelous gift from God, which is available to all of us. (See Rom. 12:3) It is through this gift that He is able to save us. (See Ephesians 2:8) Grace is God’s goodness, mercy and power toward us, and faith is our response.

 

We all have the capacity to believe, but all do not choose to exercise it. Many choose doubt and unbelief instead. God has given us the ability to choose, and our little choices day by day add up to one big, final choice. Will we choose God or Satan?

 

Faith is fragile, and we can strengthen it, or we can squelch it, depending on our choices. The biggest choice regarding faith is, What will we do with the Word of God? “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Roman 10:17

 

It stands to reason that the more we “hear” the Word of God, the stronger our faith will become. This hearing must be done with our spiritual ears, so that the Word becomes part of us.

 

We exercise our faith by believing that God’s saving power will be activated in our lives. It is the essence of Righteousness by Faith – we become righteous by trusting in God’s Word to do as He says regarding us. Christ’s character becomes ours as we faithfully apply His Word to our hearts. Faith is simply trusting in God’s Word, believing that He loves us and is working for our best good.

 

 The thought may have come to you, is Wordkeeping Works? I mean, is Wordkeeping legalism? Is it trying to earn salvation by doing good things?

 

True Wordkeeping can never be legalism, because Wordkeeping as we have defined it is a deeply spiritual experience, entered into only by a born again Christian. Rote Bible Memory could be a form of legalism. If you feel that you are earning favor with God because you have memorized many Bible texts, you are definitely on the wrong track! If you are puffed up with pride because of your Bible memory work, you are involved is the Works of the Flesh! Satan would love for you to become proud of your “spiritual” attainments.

 

Do you know that even pastors and evangelists are often tempted with pride when they preach a great sermon or pray a powerful prayer. Satan is right there trying to get us to congratulate ourselves when all the glory belongs to God. Memorizing scripture is nothing to be proud about. The more you truly Wordkeep, the more humble you will become! As you memorize, ask God to purify your motives by the very Words that you are memorizing.

 

Salvation is a transaction – trading our sinful lives for Christ’s holy life. If we want Christ’s character to stand in the place of ours, so that the Father sees Him instead of us, we must come to appreciate His character. This is what happens to us as we take in His Word. Then we will confess that His way is the right way, and accept His power to change us.

 

When God says, “Thou shalt not steal,” within that command is a promise. The promise is, If you are wiling, I, the Lord God, am willing to change your heart so that you will not want to steal. When He says, “Love your enemies,” He is saying, If you are willing, I am willing to put love in your heart for your enemies. What He commands in His Word, it is our privilege to receive His strength to perform. It is His creative power at work, creating righteousness in our hearts. What a wonderful miracle!

 

We must rest our faith on the Word of God. It’s not based on feelings, or whims, or our opinions. It is the eternal, immutable, indestructible Word of God – filled with creative power. Certainly, God’s Word is worthy of our faith.

 

Here are your ten texts for today.

 

Mat 1:21

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Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Mat 5:3

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Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:4

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Matthew 5:34 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Mat 5:5

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Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Mat 5:6

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Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Mat 5:7

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Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mat 5:8

Batpih: ftssG.

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Mat 5:9

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Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Mat 5:10

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Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:11

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Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

 

In His Love,

Linda Kirk

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