“Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.” (Isaiah 7:7-9)
Today’s Morsel: Four times in scripture we read these words, “The just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). What does it mean to live by faith? "Because without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that cometh to God must believe Him." (Hebrews 11:6), then we must take God at His word and live our lives according to it. If we do not stand firm on our faith in God and His Word, we will not stand at all. As without Him we can do nothing. Paul states that the number one reason that the children of Israel, who were brought out of Egypt, could not enter the Promised Land was because of their unbelief. And he admonishes us, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:12-19) He continues by admonishing us, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” (Hebrews 2:1-3) If we do not add to our faith, we will forget that we’ve had our sins purged and we’ll miss heaven every time.
Sing: My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine! Now hear me while I pray; Take all my guilt away. Oh, let me from this day be wholly Thine!
Thought For Today: If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.