SEPTEMBER 27
   
Today's Bible Readings
     II Samuel 23
     Galatians 3
     Ezekiel 30
     Psalms 78:38-72
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
“But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith.”
(Galatians 3:11)
 
THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
      As a child of the eternal God, we have been justified by faith. That means we are not only to look to faith for salvation, but we are to live by faith. This justification by faith in Christ is more than acquittal; it is the judicial act of our Holy God, declaring the repentant sinner righteous with the righteousness of God in Christ. Because of that, we are not condemned, but the unbeliever is condemned already. So it is by faith that the just are eternally free from the guilt and penalty of sin. We are declared righteous in Christ.
      Just as grace is a continuing factor in the life of the believer, so is faith. Every part of the Christian life is to be lived by faith.  As a Child of God, we are to ...
1.     Pray by faith. When you ask anything from God in prayer, if it is without faith, it is a vain exercise.
2.     Walk by faith. Paul tells us we are to ''walk by faith and not by sight." (II Corinthians 5:7) In the Old Testament, we are told that Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:2 1-23). In the New Testament, we are told that, ''By faith Enoch pleased God” “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him" (Hebrews 11:5-6)
3.     Understand by faith. Scripture says it is ''by faith we understand the worlds were framed by the Word of God." (Hebrews 11:3) When you believe that the Bible is indeed the inerrant Word of God, you will not have a problem with such things as the ''big bang'' theory, and the ''theory of evolution." The Bible tells you the simple story - that it was all created by the magnificent hands of God.
4.     Be filled with the Spirit by faith. This is not an option, it is an obligation. It is not a suggestion, it is a command. ''Do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit." (Ephesians 5:18) This is the only source of spiritual power available to you, and it comes by faith.
5.     Be healed by faith. The believer is warned, ''Do not be carried about by various and strange doctrines." (Hebrews 13:9) The doctrine of divine healing is being attacked as never before. It is exploited by many, and denied by others; it is abused by some for filthy lucre and worldly fame, while others declare that God no longer heals our sick bodies. It is time for those of us who are justified by faith to start living by faith.
      Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We must look to Him for healing. He may heal instantly or over a period of time. We are thankful for those in the medical profession when really all they can do is diagnose, prognose, cut, sew, and prescribe. We should be grateful for their wisdom and training, and use it as necessary. Never forget that all healing is from the Lord. Only God can heal. When we are sick, we must have faith in Him for the healing we need. The Lord Jesus is Jehovah Ropheka - the Lord who heals you.  He is, indeed, the same yesterday, today, and forever.
      Our faith must be a growing faith, not just a saving faith.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
      As you continue to pray for media outreach to share the Gospel with the world, remember that the western world has used television as its main vehicle to export values of hedonism, greed, and immorality to the rest of the world. This has led to grave misconceptions of Christian values in the non-Christian, non-western world that often equate the ''west'' with Christians.  Pray that believers may work through the medium of television to bring salt and light to the world so that non-Christians everywhere can hear the Gospel and Satan's programs may be plundered.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
      ''I do not ask my crossto understand, My way to see;
      Better in the darkness just to feel Thy hand and follow Thee."
Adelaide Proctor