Sunday, January 3, 2016

Where Grace and Faith meets


 
God really has worked on my heart lately. A lot has gone on in life and He keeps drawing me near. Changes are happening. People are sick. Others are sad and discontent. Uncertainties are lingering. It is all heavy on my heart. But God is still faithful.

Ever since listening to the sermon jam from Matt Chandler's sermon, I really have pondered on what is having faith and resting in God's grace, while waiting, looks like. Hebrews 11 verses one and six states,

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

Faith is two things

1) Having hope in things that are not seen
or having a heavenly perspective
 
and
 
2) Believing that God exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him 
 
 

Day by day we struggle with doubt and fear. It haunts us when we feel like we are not in control. There are things that we worry about moment by moment every day. But then there are situations or people who in the long-term we really don't know how it will turn out for them and we worry about them. We have to wait. That is where faith and grace comes in. 
 
We need grace to make it minute by minute, hour by hour, night and day. But we have to be still and wait on Him as He gives it to us. We cant worry and fight with our emotions. That is still leaning on our own strength.
 
We need faith to have that long-term hope in those things that just seem like they will never happen. We have to rest that we serve a God who exists and rewards us when we diligently and humbly seek Him. He is a faithful God who keeps His promises.
 
We have to seek Him every day and wait on Him. His grace will enable us to have faith to rest in Him with the day-to-day and the long-term. We just have to humbly wait for Him.
 
I'm excited to say that this is not it. The next few posts I am going to continue on with a few of my favorite stories of Hebrews 11 looking through the truths of what grace and faith means while waiting.      




6 comments :

  1. I love how you bring grace into faith. God's grace helps us to have faith and rest in Him while we wait. I'm soaking that in!

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    1. His grace is just amazing! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Kristina, what a great post! I love Hebrews 11, can't wait to read your future posts ...mamy blessings to you ❤️

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    1. I am always in awe when something I read over and over again and God still shows me something new. Thanks for commenting

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  3. Thanks for this great reminder about Heb. 11:1-2. I enjoyed reading this. Visiting as your neighbor from Jennifer Dukes Lee #Tell His Story

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  4. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting.

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