Abraham’s faith is tested to the limits this week requiring his total surrender to God. Abraham loved both of his sons Ishmael and Isaac. Abraham is distressed by the circumstances that he faces. After Abraham sends out Ishmael into the wilderness, God comes to him and tests his faith with Isaac.
God is no different today with us. God expects that our faith will have actions. Not that we should be concerned about our justification, but that God expects a life of obedience. Progressive movement forward in our understanding and obedience pleases God with our lives. To truly love the Lord OUR GOD with all our heart, mind, and resources and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Everyday, we have a choice to listen to the Holy Spirit at work in our life or to go our own way. Our hearts and minds need to activate our faith, being led of the Spirit, into actions that please the Lord. This understanding comes through the WORD that became flesh and dwelt among us.
Questions for reflection:
- What are the assets that you have to bring before the Lord?
- Do you see your liabilities (lack) as being to great for God to overcome?
- Do you see your faith and actions working together?
- When was the last time you considered activating your faith today?
- How strong is your faith and what are you crying out to God for?
- When was the last time you did a Faith and Works inventory?
- What is your definition of Faith?
- What is your definition of Works?