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Saturday – Just as Faith Filled!

April 6, 2019

Friday was a rough day, and I completely forgot to do a Faith-Filled Friday blog. Our faith should be strong every single day, but that does not mean my memory will be.
I decided to share some Bible verses that have meant something to me over the years.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the word through him might be saved.
Those two verses were some of the earliest ones I memorized as a child. They give me comfort in knowing that I will get to stay with God in heaven since I asked him to forgive me all those many years ago.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
This may seem like an odd choice, but it gives me reassurance and strengthens my faith to know that God has always been here and will always be here.

1 Peter 2:4-5 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
The living stone is Jesus (vs 4), and believers are the lively stones (vs 5). I used to collect colorful rocks in the creek behind our trailer. We called them egg rocks because they were shaped like eggs. That may be why I collected rocks in my travels, sometimes for their shape other times for the color. I never thought of my stones as lively, but Jesus is the Rock of my salvation and thinks his children are precious.
If you go down a few verses to verse 9, you will read … a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. The phrase peculiar people ticked me off the first time I read it. The way we use the word ‘peculiar’ today is somewhat of an insult – She has peculiar taste in clothes, or he has peculiar way of looking at things. Back in Jesus’ time it meant God’s own people.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.
This has become a popular joke on social media, but there is more to it. The right is the place of protection and effectiveness; the left is the place of ineffectiveness and no protection. I used to think that was why the warrior carried his shield in his left hand and his sword in his right, or maybe that is where the phrase came from originally.

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