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The Just Shall Live By Faith – X

Believing Parents!!

… and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment…..” Hebrews 11:23

It is by faith that kings rule, that subjects obey, that sick men suffer, that aged men die, that all men, if Christians live. Faith is the silver thread that runs through the whole biography of the Christian men and women, giving continuity, consistency and glory, to all. God did not commend Jochebed for hiding her child three months because it was agreeable to the natural affection of a mother’s heart to shelter her babe. But God commanded the parents to show their confidence in him by doing that which he pointed out as their duty. It is the anomaly, the contradiction,  which the world can not explain, that the man who believes in an everlasting purpose  is the most active and obedient to the precepts of Him who has made known  that purpose. 

And God regards the faith that was prepared  to give up any hold, and obey him, not because of any felt pleasure in the pain that accompanied it; but because it was the expression of allegiance to himself.   Follow the pleasant in order to be happy, and you will fail; have confidence  in God and He will lead you to the pleasant, the beautiful, and the good.  The believer is exhorted to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Matthew 6:33

Now, another element of this overcoming faith is stated in  part of the verse in Hebrews 11:23, which reads, “… and they were not afraid of the king’s command..“; that is, not that the royal commandment had no tyranny in it, or that there was no power in the royal  arm to execute the devices of that tyranny; but that they felt they had a commission from God. One can see that there must have been great faith when these parents thus dared that which was mightiest upon earth, and would not obey him who was the most exacting of Egyptian monarch. 

Times have come, in many nations of the world,  and in fact it is now actually the case of all nations of the, including  this nation we live in, that commands that are issued from the high places of the earth, is running in direct antagonism  to  “Thus saith the Lord,“; whenever such collisions come, believers are obliged  to see “whether it be right to obey God rather than men.”  We can have no hesitation in giving the reply, in the noble and impressive accents of Christianity, ” We ought to obey God rather than men.”

A Christian is the most loyal subject; but even his loyalty has limit; it ceases to be loyalty when he obeys what God forbids.  It is in fact the noblest loyalty when it cleaves to every command that is not inconsistent with the allegiance to every command that he owes to the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Yes, the noble Christians  have always been the most loyal subjects – the most devoted in the camp, the most faithful in the field, the most loving in their home.

 But in so delicate a matter we must take care not to confound a crotchet in a scrupulous conscience with a solemn obligation of  the God of the Bible. We must not in so weighty a matter take any man’s opinion as our ultimate guidance.  Where earthly authority command us to do what our Bible tell  us is contrary to the allegiance that we owe to our sovereign, obedience to magistrate being the express command of God – we should retain undiminished our allegiance , not withstanding!!   Our duty must be drawn fresh from the fountain of duty – God’s word, the sacred Scriptures themselves!! 

While we are not justified by works of the law, yet must live and do whatsoever things are just, and pure, and lovely, and beautiful and of good report. Did any ever hear of a sun without light, a fire without heat, or of a living faith without works? It is not faith at all if it be not followed by works: for true faith is ever accompanied by things that are just, and lovely, and beautiful, and good works. Yes, when when is exercised, so it is energized!           

Friends,  Faith isn’t Faith until it is tried!! 

 

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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