20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"-and he was called a friend of God. - James 2:20-23
Abraham is an incredible example of faith in action. God asked him to offer his son up on the altar, and Abraham was obedient. You see, Isaac was the seed of the covenant between God and Abraham. God had promised to grow a nation of His people through Abraham, and Abraham waited until he was an old 100 years before his first child was born, so sacrificing Isaac was sacrificing God’s promise to him. And even though it didn’t make any sense to him, Abraham walked Isaac up to the altar, trusting God had a plan. What incredible faithfulness.
As a mother of 3 sons, I often think about the faithfulness that Abraham demonstrates in that moment. He was willing to sacrifice his only son because God asked him to. God never had any intention of taking Isaac, but He wanted to see if Abraham was willing to give what he cherished the most in this world. God wants to have the most treasured part of our heart, and He is willing to allow us to walk through very difficult trials to reveal to us He is not on the throne of our hearts.
The most beautiful parts of God’s plan is what happens when you surrender that which you hold over God. He increases your faith in ways you cannot explain - 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works. Faith works with our works, and as a result of our works, faith is perfected. When we take that leap of faith, when we offer up that which we hold most dear to Him, God grows our faith in some pretty incredible ways. My faith would not be where it is today had He not taken me to places I would never have gone on my own. Had He not allowed me to walk through the trials of my life, I would still have unsurrendered parts of my heart, and my faith would be shallow. But because He has, I have such a deep sense of His presence in my life, a trust beyond measure in His plan, and the true knowledge of His peace, His comfort, and His strength.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
Popular posts from this blog
I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At this point, they have not yet staged my cancer because they are waiting for the biopsy results from a suspicious spot in the second breast. The biopsy is scheduled for September 5th, with a lumpectomy to follow on September 7th. They will formally stage my cancer after they biopsy my lymph nodes, which will be taken during the surgery. It doesn't make any sense to me that I have a cancer diagnosis - I am a fairly healthy woman who runs 2 miles almost every day and eats a gluten-free, primarily paleo diet, with no family history at all. But it makes sense to God, and so here I am. Update ~ They found 4 isolated invasions during the lumpectomy. Due to the nature of my cancer (HER2+ and ER-), the recommended protocol is chemotherapy and radiation. Beginning in October, my chemotherapy regime
When we launched our new blog we had no idea if anyone would see it or be helped by it, but we knew that the LORD was prompting us to step out in faith and just do it. The response has been amazing and we are looking forward to how God will use this space for His glory. We have learned over many years of service in a variety of ministries, that God does not require human assistance to realize His plans for individuals, churches, nations, or the human race. But the story of the bible is the story of God’s will playing out through the words and actions of the His children. So…we pray, meditate on his Word, and write from the heart about the truths that mold our faith, guide our actions, and inspire our hearts and minds. Please visit the site and subscribe to continue receiving posts. https://graceinmarriage.com/ It is our sincere hope that you are blessed by our work here and welcome your input on how we can make Grace in Marriage even better. Thank you for your support.
Hi friends - This is a bittersweet post. This journal entry will be my last post on this forum. God has been moving in my heart and the heart of my husband, and He has called us to join forces to write a blog together on marriage. I still plan to post daily devotions, but they will be focused on marriage and posted on our new platform. There will also be additional content - our testimonies and stories, as well as my husband’s thoughts on marriage. We don’t know where God plans you take us in this journey, but we are excited, humble servants and willing to go where He leads. I want to take a moment to thank all of you. I am deeply grateful for those of you who have taken this difficult journey with me. God has done some amazing things through this blog, and I will be forever grateful for the way He has used it to grow my heart closer to Him. I would love for each of you to continue to follow my husband and me at our new site: graceinmarriage.com Hope to se