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The Key to Righteousness is Faith

Genesis 15:1-6  The LORD’s Covenant With Abram

After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”

But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”

He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

Genesis 15:6

Abram believed the LORD and He credited it to him as righteousness.  What a beautiful concept and apparently an important one as it is recounted in the scriptures several times.

Galatians 3:6

Romans 4:3

James 2:23

There must be something to this to be found repeated so many times.  Could it be that little thing called Faith?

Over and over throughout the whole Bible, Old Testament and New we see it.  Trust.  Believe.  Have Faith.  And over and over we see what happens when everyday men and women with no special powers, more often than not it’s actually those with less than superior standing by society’s definition, believe God.

 They are empowered.  They are blessed.  They are delivered.  They are healed.  They are provided for.  They do great things for God in the name of God through the protection and strength of God.

What an amazing testimony and honor that thousands of years later people are still reading about and talking about Abraham’s faith.  What will people say about you tomorrow?  Much less a thousand years from now.  Will they say he was a man of God?  Will they say she believed in, trusted in, relied on God?  Will your blessings in this life be the living proof of your faith?  That’s some powerful food for thought.



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