Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 06-14-24

Faith is a positive response to the Word of God; we act upon the Word because we believe it is how we apply and live the Truth! It can be a temptation to look at the world and view it as reality. However, this world is not reality; it is a perverted imitation of the Truth. Reality is what God created in the beginning through his Word. Heaven is reality and Christ is our example of how to live as citizens of heaven while on earth! God wants us to hunger for the blessing and righteous Truth vs. settle for a lousy cursed worldly imitation that is destined for destruction and empty of Spirit.

In our passage today, the writer of Hebrews revisits some Old Testament heroes of the faith—which is active trust—so we will understand the struggle to live in reality while in a fallen world. Abel responds to God with active trust to remind us God requires his worshipers to offer a holy sacrifice. Enoch responds to God with active trust to remind us of the reality of eternal life. Noah responds to God with active trust to remind us that obedience is required—it separates us from the fallen world—so we can carry the reality of God’s presence. In Christ, we are not of this godless world; reality is whatever God created that has not been touched by sin. Because of Jesus, reality and a Spirit-led life is waiting for you, today; run to Christ and enjoy what is real!

Hebrews 11:4-7 NLT
4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

5 It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

7 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for providing the reality of Truth. We know your Word is what teaches us about the pure world you created in the beginning. Thank you for the promise that one day you will provide that perfect world for us to live in once again. All glory be to you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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