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Can a faith in word only be any faith at all?
Prejudice spoils unity; it divides. Partial faith leads to ungodly judgment or preferential treatments. Why must we avoid favoritism in our lives and especially in the Church?
Romans 9:1-9 1. Salvation comes only to those that believe in the promised one - Jesus. 2. Blessings come from the ongoing trust in Him. The scriptures are full of Gods promises of blessing for your life, and your life is full of opportunities to trust in Him. At the moment of trusting in Him, you will receive the promises of blessing He has for you.
How are we to “do the math” on our trials, and why are we to value them? James teaches us that believers mature as they seek God’s wisdom to joyfully endure trials.
There is an old fable that goes like this: A farmer had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away. His neighbors said, “I'm so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.” The man just said, “We'll see.” A few days later, his horse came back with twenty wild horses following. The man and his son corralled all 21 horses. His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!” The man just said, “We'll see.” One of the wild horses kicked the man's only son, breaking both his legs. His neighbors said, “I'm so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.” The man just said, “We'll see.” The country went to war, and every able-bodied young man was drafted to fight. The war was terrible and killed every young man, but the farmer's son was spared, since his broken legs prevented him from being drafted. His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!” The man just said, “We'll see.” There is wisdom and humility in this man. I could rewrite the fable using Daniel’s life: Daniel and his friends are exiled to Babylon. That’s bad news right? Daniel and his friends are selected to live in the king’s palace. That’s good news right? Daniel and his friends refuse to eat the king’s food. That’s bad. Daniel and his friends prosper and receive favor from the king. That’s good. Daniel and his friends are ordered to be killed with all the other wise men. That’s bad. Daniel is given the interpretation to the king’s dream and promoted. That’s good. Daniel’s friends are ordered to bow to the golden image. That’s bad. Blessings and curses sometimes wear the same mask. A blessing to one may be a curse to another. Sometimes good comes out of bad and sometimes bad comes out of good.