Welcome to the blog today, sweet readers. I am so glad you are here!
It is a beautiful day, because the Lord made it. I know that God has a purpose for today, and a purpose for you!
This week has been wonderful. There are no more pressing obligations for a while. I took my children to the dentist on Monday, and since then, our calendar has been clear.
Today’s post may be a bit different. I am going to share a little of my faith journey that I haven’t shared before.
In 2017, my husband and myself began to believe that the whole Bible is relevant to believers today. This revelation dramatically changed how I practiced my faith.
Then in 2019, our youngest son was born. Due to a string of unfortunate events at the hospital, we decided not to circumcise him. We felt that it would be best if we didn’t after considering his health, and a lot of Bible study and prayer. That is a story in and of itself.
I feel like my faith remained the same during this time, but my husband questioned a lot of things. I will say that we often feel like we do not quite fit in. Our faith doesn’t fit into a box. But I am very grateful to the faithful Lord, and for His work in my life. I am thankful for His Son, and for His atonement for my sins. Each season I think my faith and understanding is stretched more and more. This is definitely a good thing!
I have learned that obedience and a sacrificed life is required of me. While faith in Jesus (Yeshua) is incredibly important…we are nothing without faith in Christ…a believer’s life goes deeper.
What we do also matters. I was reading through part of Romans recently, and I wanted to share a few verses with you today. I am using the TLV version because it is sitting in front of me, but it is not the only version I use during study. There are many good versions out there.
He will pay back each person according to his deeds. To those who by perseverance in doing good are seeking glory, honor, and immortality – eternal life. But to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness – wrath and fury. There will be trouble and hardship for every human soul that does evil – to the Jew first and also to the Greek. But there will be glory, honor, and shalom to everyone who does good – to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.
- Romans 2:6-11
For it is not the hearers of Torah who are righteous before God; rather, it is the doers of Torah who will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Torah, do by nature the things of the Torah, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the Torah. They show that the work of the Torah is written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts switching between accusing or defending them on the day when God judges the secrets of men according to my Good News through Messiah Yeshua.
- Romans 2:13-16
…having in the Torah the embodiment of knowledge and the truth.
- Romans 2:20
Therefore, if the uncircumcised keeps the righteous decrees of the Torah, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? Indeed, the one not circumcised physically who fulfills the Torah will judge you who – even with the written code and circumcision – break the Torah. For one is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something visible in the flesh. Rather, the Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart – in Spirit not in letter. His praise is not from men, but from God.
- Romans 2:25-29
Since God is One, He will set right the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the Torah through faithfulness? May it never be! On the contrary, we uphold the Torah.
- Romans 3:30-31
I have learned to love the Torah (law), not as what saves me, but as a way to serve our Father in a way that is pleasing to Him. I don’t need to become ceremonially Jewish to become His child, but I should walk in the way my Savior walked. And He walked according to the Torah.
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” – and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
- James 2:20-24
Every day I ask for the Lord to show me His will for my life, and I know that I can read His Word to find instructions on His way to live. He hasn’t left us alone to figure it out ourselves.
Walking in His ways is not burdensome. It really is a blessing!
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, friends. I hope the rest of your weekend is full of the Lord’s goodness.