THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
When I was young(er), in college, I thought it would be good to become a scientist.
Then I found out, scientists can't even explain why everything else contracts as it freezes,
but water expands!
And, I found out that most scientists believe we're actually talking monkeys,
on an organic spaceship, traveling through a universe that was formed by a
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Yesterday, the devotion was about the unending reservoir of grace that is found in Christ.
God's reservoir of grace is there, man must only come to drink!
Today, let's look at the word "faith."
It is translated from the Greek pistis, meaning to have assurance, to have belief.
First, realize "faith" is a noun and infers ownership.
The Bible clearly says here that a normal person does not own faith;
neither can a person "work up" faith.
For, it is "not of yourselves:" and "not of works!"
My friends, we are not born with faith.
Neither do we develop it as we mature.
Second, realize how we receive "faith."
It is "the gift of God!"
God's grace (the reservoir) offers this gift of faith.
Again, it is there; man must come to Christ in order to receive!
Now, third, realize that faith is a constant interaction of assurance and belief.
Faith is a noun; and infers ownership.
Once we receive it from God, faith continually works in us (Philippians 2:13).
Once we surrender to Christ, and receive faith, we become
"confident" that God will continue to "perform" faith in us and through us
until "the day of Jesus Christ!" (Philippians 1:6)