Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas. Third day.

On the third day, we turn to faith.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1)

The Message says: The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. 

The excitement of Christmas Day has come - but not gone. For this is just the beginning.

We know the earthly end of His Story - but what does our 'faith' mean?

Faith means
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord i
n the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart 
and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13 - 14)

Philippians explains our confidence so beautifully:
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

Verse 14 says: the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah...There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. (NIV, The Message)

This is our faith. God and Jesus. Faithful to us.

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