Abounding Hope

“Is not God quite awesome to have given us promises to believe in for our immediate needs, and as well, other promises for our future that we may hope in and look forward to their fruition? And as we learn of these, our hope will continue to grow while we, with excited anticipation, look forward to these lovely things God has prepared for us. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing {for our immediate needs}, that ye may abound in hope {for our future}, through the power of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} Romans 15:13. Hope is not an elusive concept of speculation about our future, but something that can powerfully abound in our inner souls, for abounding hope allows the believer to enjoy this life without a doubt about their eternal destiny.” ~LMJ~

Removed All the Way to Being Close

“There was a time that I believed that I was so far removed from God that hell was to be my ultimate destiny, for I believed I was a sinner and had no rights to heavenly blessings, and I believed this with all my heart, and obviously I feared the end of my life. But with the believing faith of my Savior, who is my hero and everything to me, I can boldly say with believing conviction, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me– Galatians 2:20. What made the transformation in my thinking and in my inner heart? The faith of Jesus Christ; his faith now flows through my heart and assures me that God loves me completely! I now know effortlessly that I am justified and sanctified and that I have peace with God through the faith of the Son of God.” ~LMJ~

Children of Abraham

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 3:6-7:
-6:  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
-7:  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith {believing faith}, the same are the children of Abraham.

Abraham was a great man of God, and he believed in the words that God spoke to him. What it was that made Abraham such a special person is that he believed God, and as a result of his believing, God accounted to him righteousness. Abraham’s believing allowed God to present him with God’s own righteousness. Abraham’s righteousness was not contingent upon any law, but upon believing. Believing God’s Word today gives us the spiritual right to be called “the children of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:9 – So then they which be of faith {believing faith} are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Before the Law was ever given, Abraham walked with God in believing, and now after the Law has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15), by Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we still walk with God in peace and in His righteousness. Galatians is written to bring the Christian back to the Word of God without being encumbered with Laws. Today because of our believing God’s Word: we are most definitely blessed! Abraham was called “faithful”; he was faithful by believing what God said. The Epistle of Romans being the foundational epistle to the Christian Church details how Abraham believed and how the Word instructs us to believe as well.

Romans 4:20-24:
-20:  He {Abraham} staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith {believing faith}, giving glory to God; {When we believe the Word we will also give glory to God.}
-21:  And being fully persuaded that, what he {God} had promised, he was able also to perform.
-22:  And therefore it {Abraham’s believing} was imputed to him for righteousness.
-23:  Now it was not written {in Genesis 15:6} for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
-24:  But for us also, to whom it {God’s righteousness} shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

In the Old Testament, Abraham had to believe that his Savior would come, and his believing allowed God to impute (put into his personal account) righteousness. Today we believe that our Savior did come, that he was raised from the dead, and that he will again return for us. There is no amount of works or laws that could possibly prevent or speed up his return, this is why believing is the best that we can do, for believing is all that is required before our God. After our salvation, we are righteous regardless of whether or not we believe, but as we continue believing on Christ, then we will begin to realize the abundance of having the righteousness of God because we are the children of Abraham by our believing.

Right Believing

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Walking with God in right believing sounds like a pretty easy road to follow; however, from time to time in life we may make mistakes because no one is perfect, and at other times we may succumb to temptations. Sometimes we may think (or at least wonder) “will God ever want me back after this?” The answer is: OH yes – a thousand times a thousand He will take us back into His loving arms and spiritually cleanse us from our sins so that we may again walk with God in right believing. God’s loving embrace uplifts us into His own unending grace that is upon our very lives, for our names are written in the pages of the living memory (of the book of life) of God Himself. The heart of God’s eternal embrace is described and detail in many ways in the Epistle of Galatians and we will be looking at some of these details.

Galatians is an Epistle of correction, correcting the wrong practices of believers who have fallen from the doctrinal side of Romans, chapters 1 through 8. Galatians brings the believer back again into right believing of the foundational principles contained in the Epistle of Romans and shows the believers that their walks with the heavenly Father are never based on works (or even fears) of any kind. Galatians presents to the believers convincing arguments to help correct many deep-seated wrong practices, helping bring them back into the spiritual wholeness they once enjoyed.

Galatians 1:3-4:
-3:  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
-4:  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Grace and peace are spiritual qualities of life made available to us by the will of God so that we may enjoy our spiritual lives. Christ gave himself for our sins to this end: that we may receive our salvation and be delivered from the evils that have saturated this world.

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek {Gentiles}.

The word salvation is in reference to our spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that fills up the empty void in the hearts and souls of men and women. Once we believe in the Gospel of Christ, we receive the actual power of God to enjoy our spiritual wholeness. God’s grace and peace satisfies our searching hearts and immerses us in the favorable graces of God; these are spiritual qualities of life that are God-given. Let us enjoy this day in our believing, knowing that Christ has delivered us from “this present evil world, according to the will of God,” for this is right believing.

The Grace of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 1:4:
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

The Apostle Paul, who wrote Corinthians was extremely thankful on behalf of the believers because he was able to reach out in thankfulness to acknowledge that the grace of God was given to them (and to us) by Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace means, God’s divine favor given to us with the abundance of His spiritual blessings, and these blessings are truly unmerited, undeserved, and unlimited. This grace is from God Himself and is given to men and women by (or on account of) Jesus Christ, by his own sacrifice on our behalf.

I Corinthians 1:5:
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

The purpose for receiving the grace of God is to enrich our lives! We are dynamically enriched with spiritual blessings, which come to us by the favorable graces of God. Now that we have the grace of God, the quality of our spiritual lives can truly be enriched. Everything that we receive from God is spiritual; however, spiritual blessings will always come into our physical lives so that we may further enjoy them.  For instance – God gave us light, love, joy, and peace – these are spiritual qualities of life that become manifested in our lives as we walk in the knowledge that we truly have received these gifts from God.

The word “utterance” is the Greek word logos, and literally means the Word of God, and because we are enriched in and by the Word of God, we have access to everything His Word imparts unto us. When we begin to understand His Word, our “knowledge” increases and the grace of God becomes more and more enriching to our lives.

It is grace that helps us get back up on our feet when we fall so that we can again walk with God. When we study God’s Word, we will begin to realize some of the abundant grace that He has already presented to us. As we continue growing in the knowledge of God’s Word, we will become humbly thankful to God, as Paul was “… for the grace of God which was given {to} you by Jesus Christ.”