Friday, March 15, 2013

God Helps This Widow Re-build Her Faith

FlowerLady Lorraine, hasn't really planned it this way, but from a few of the emails we've traded and her blog, I can see that God is beginning to re-build her life by laying a foundation of truth about faith. God confirms his love and comfort for her by helping her understand what faith is about, and what Scripture reveals about those who are at home with the Lord. She wrote the following back in January, and was reminded of it when reading my book and finding the Lord using these same Scriptures with me. That's hardly a coincidence! God faithfully speaks to us through His Word and often is willing to bring His message to us over and over again. Haven't you had times when you found the same verse coming to you again and again? That's the Lord at work! Here's how it's happening for Lorraine . . .
 
Good morning Friends,

Last night before climbing into bed, (literally as our bed is an antique and high off the floor), I was thinking about Mark and wondering if he could see things that are going on down here. 

All of a sudden a verse popped into my mind. It is one I had read out loud during his illness. Mark had asked me to find it and I did, here it is now for you to read.
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Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us, (it seems to me like doubt could be the sin that this is talking about, losing faith)
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
 (Hebrews 12:1&2a)
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Those verses above follow chapter 11 in Hebrews which is what I call the 'faith' chapter. The wonderful 'old-timers' of the Bible that we all know and love, all lived by faith and are mentioned in this chapter. That's not saying they were perfect people, we all know they weren't because the Bible tells us so. They lived by FAITH in God.

Here is the beginning of chapter 11.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
(Hebrews 11:1-3)

In verse 6 we read ~ But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
In verse 13 it says ~ These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
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Faith is something we can't see, we can't grab hold of it as a tangible thing, it just IS.

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Faith is believing that ~ Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Heb 13:8

And ~ it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace;
Heb 13:9

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So, back to my little gestalt leap of last night. My glimpse of a truth that I don't quite see the whole picture of is this, those who have gone on before are witnesses of our faith, so it seems to me that my dear Mark IS watching along with all the rest and I believe they shout for joy when we cling to our faith in Jesus. They all believe God and His word and they are waiting in earnest expectation, as is all of creation, for the manifestation of the sons of God.

May I continue to walk in hope and faith in Jesus and in His loving grace. 

I hope that what I tried to convey here makes sense.

I so miss Mark and all of our conversations about Jesus and spiritual things. We always were thrilled with our 'light bulb' moments and felt they were gifts from God. We are not perfect, but our faith is in God.

I will close with the following from Romans 8:24-26

For we are saved by hope:
 but hope that is seen is not hope:
 for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for
But if we hope for that we see not,
 then do we with patience wait for it.
 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
 for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
 but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered. 

And

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psa 31:24
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FlowerLady Lorraine

Thank you Lorraine, and I hope everyone will visit your blog to see the other things the Lord is doing in your life. And all your other blogs too! You're a talented lady!
ferree

2 comments:

  1. Lorraine,

    Thank you so much for sharing all that you have shared!

    I've read this over a few times.

    There is so much to be learned in what you have written. I could keep reading it over and over and still find something that speaks to me in the messages and verses you have shared!

    You wrote:

    "May I continue to walk in hope and faith in Jesus and in His loving grace."

    I have to say this...Not only will you continue your walk but you will be helping others to continue in their walks as well.

    I also agree that Faith is something we can't see...it just IS.

    Faith IS and it's something that we can grow in, walk in, share in, reach out in, help in..with Faith everything IS!

    Thank you so much for sharing Lorraine!

    I agree with Ferree - You are a very talented Lady!

    ~Cathy <3

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  2. I totally agree with Lorraine! I know that the great cloud of witnesses are the saints (our husbands included) who are cheering us on to press on! Love this!

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