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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 1, 2011 - Faith Rewards

By Verinda M. Birdsong

“‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered” (Mark 11:22, NIV).

Recently, I learned of a new job with a surprising increase in pay. God has done it again for me. I shook my head in amazement while giving God the glory for yet another miracle in my finances. A week later I received a bill for a long-forgotten debt and realized in a greater way how much God cares for me and meets my needs ahead of time. As I look back at the arduous journey of financial recovery, I realize that the greatest gift I can bring to God is my faith.

There is a great story in the Bible about a man named Abraham who had an incredible faith journey. From one test to another, Abraham grew in faith toward God. A memorable test of faith came in waiting for God to give him a son after years of waiting. After that “reward,” a greater test of faith came in the form of a command.

“Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about” (Genesis 22:2). Abraham obeyed God; and while lifting the knife to kill his son, God stopped him and provided another sacrifice, a lamb in the place of his son to sacrifice. “So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide” (Genesis 22:14).

In the New Testament, Jesus teaches this lesson of faith to His disciples with a simple answer to a question of how one can get more faith. “‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered” (Mark 11:22). What an easy answer to a difficult task for many of us. One unexpected bill can make your faith teeter. With prayer, I am learning that as I lean on the Holy Spirit to guide me through difficult life challenges, God’s hand of provision will be realized. I can truly say that after each financial storm, God’s provision has given me a greater sense of His love and care for me.

“Have faith in God” may sound too simple a solution when your back is up against the wall. But remember Abraham. You can have faith in the trustworthiness of God and experience your own faith rewards.

— Verinda Birdsong lives in Baltimore, Md., where she is a columnist writing about homelessness. She is committed to sharing her love for God, and she worships at the Good Shepherd Church of God in Christ, Baltimore.

 

 

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