SN 2022 April 30: Abraham: Tested faith through sacrifice >> Worship, justified by works, Righteous, perfected…

SN – 30 April 2022

Previously 

…we looked at the issue of salvation

…The fruit of salvation

… the joy of salvation

… and considered indeed 

– how Amazing God’s Love is,

– how Amazing is His Mercy

– & how Amazing is His grace

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Salvation being …

– The free gift received by grace through faith and not by works…

– Utilized (valued, validated, worked out…) by action

…For faith without (the requisite) action (to prove that I indeed have faith) is dead… James 2:17

… And I can’t please God without faith,

… that is first believing in God and that He will indeed reward me if I  diligently seek Him out (the action)… Hebrews 11:6

Full teaching found below…

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We also looked at

The quality assurance and testing process of ones faith in Jesus Christ

… the test of how genuine is my faith 

… indeed what is it that can separate me from the amazing love of God!!

… that trial, tribulation or pressure that would make me give up on God – curse God and die (Job)

The bone of the matter and the meat of the issue ( structure & content ) can be found in the link below…

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My apologies for missing out last week.

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Today we look at Abraham

…how God tested him through sacrifice

… his act of faith through worship

… his justification through faith in action

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Welcome to today’s – Manna for Thought

… tupate maana ya Manna huu!!

… indeed may God give us a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him through His Word.

Blessed regards,

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Genesis 22:1-2 (NKJV)

– Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham , and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

– Then He said, “ Take now your son, your only son

Isaac , whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

Sacrifice to God (obedience – denying self, taking up my cross and following the Word)  is considered an act of worship.

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Genesis 22:5 (NKJV)

– And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship , and we will come back to you.”  …

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Luke 9:23-24 (NKJV)

– Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself , and take up his cross daily , and follow Me.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

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Hebrews 11:17-18 (NKJV)

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

– of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”

– concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

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Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)

– Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

– In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

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James 2:21-23 (NKJV)

– Was not Abraham our father justified by works (considered righteous) when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

– Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect (complete)?

– And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God , and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

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We therefore see the various connections,  such as of

… testing ( trials) & faith

… sacrifice & worship

… dying to self,  our cross & following Jesus

… the works or actions that demonstrate or prove that I indeed have faith

… a friend of God having full faith in Him ( faithful) and is counted as righteous.

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My Prayer

1 Peter 1:6-7

– In this I rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, I have been grieved by various trials,

– so that the tested genuineness of my faith —more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested (refined) by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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1 Corinthians 10:13

– No temptation or trial has overtaken me except such as is common to man;

… but God is faithful, who will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am  able,

… but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that I may be able to bear it….

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1 Peter 5:10

– But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after we have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us.

– To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.

Amen & Amen!!

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