16 September 2020

If unity springs from faith, then what does faith look like? It is a certainty. Not in what you see now, but in whwt you know will happen. It is not some kind of theological gamble, but instead a firm belief that God is not a man, and what he says will come to fruition. Regardless of the circumstances. This allows us to have some security and peace, though the circumstances are dire.

Because God is greater than the circumstances. It was over 400 years that the Israelite lived in Egypt before Moses was the instrument that took them out –carrying the bones of Joseph, who predicted this.

The second passage was discussed earlier this month. Today, consider that Christ attaches in Mark the concept that our sins can be forgiven, and that is a greater miracle than seeing a fig tree wither.


Genesis 50:22-26

22 Now Joseph stayed in Egypt, he and his father’s household, and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. 23 Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim’s sons; also the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were born on Joseph’s knees. 24 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely [c]take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.” 26 So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and [d]he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.

Mark 11:20-25

20 As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Being reminded, Peter *said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus *answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. 24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. 25 Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.

There are too many examples of hatred right now. Too many bits of evidence saying that the enemy does not believe in forgiveness, but instead retribution. If there is no need for retribution, there must be denunciation and a new edict to follow.

But they fear us. Because we have been forgiven, and we forgive, we can live in the truth. We do not need to repeat their lies, and we should not repeat their lies.

Because we are loved by God, we do not need to covet: either possessions or the attention of man.

If you want to see faith, look not to the striving of this world but those who raise their families and work with their hand.s. Who pray around the table at meals. Who are faithful in their worship.

And who are despised by this elite: for they expect all to b liars like them. But we were never called to be that.

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1 year ago

Faith is grown deep in the hard times, paradoxically.

There is most a paradox here. If we can see it now, it is a blessing, not faith.

Praying for y’all in the progressive coast