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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Inspired by... Noah

 

Sunrise Sunrise from Casa Verde

"...and he walked with God." (Genesis 6:9b)

 

Noah was a righteous man. The one blameless man of his time. Do you ever wish that could be said or written about you?

Lest you think that Noah lived in a "simpler" time when walking with God was easy or easier than it is today, consider the type of world Noah lived in:

 

Gluttony and overindulgence was the norm. (Luke 17:27)

The concept of marriage was abandoned and abused. (Gen 6:2)

Corruption and violence were glorified. (Gen 6:11)

Fame, fortune, power and prestige were idolized. (Gen 6:4)

All spiritual influence was rejected. (Gen 6:5)

 

Any of this sound familiar to you?

When we first began studying Noah, I was amazed at how much his world resonated with mine. I was also surprised, and convicted, at how often I buy in to this world view.

So how did Noah "walk with God" in the midst of such a world?

The same way we do.

By grace through faith.

 

The writer of Hebrews tells us, "By faith Noah took good heed of the divine warning about the unseen future, and built an ark to save his household. Through his faith he put the whole world in the wrong and made good his own claim to the righteousness which comes by faith." (Heb 11:7)

 

"For it is by grace you are saved through faith; it is not your own doing. It is God's gift, not a reward for work done." (Eph 2:8-9)

 

"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Heb 1:11)

 

How often have I read over Hebrews 11:7 and missed the valuable instruction it contains? It is truly a clarion call to step out in faith, while heeding God's word, and claiming the righteousness that is already ours in Christ.

 

To live in this way will truly show the whole world to be wrong and will glorify God.

 

"But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;" (1Peter 2:9)

 

Sound a little intimidating?

Remember...

Walking with God,

begins with just one step.

After that, you'll never walk alone.

 

Blessings,

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5 comments:

  1. June,

    What a unique verse for this beautiful sunset photo. I can actually imagine Noah walking and enjoying just such a sight in his day...and giving thanks to God for it.

    Bless you,
    Dawn

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  2. Yes! This does sound a little familiar. It makes a girl want to intercede for her country...her planet! Thank you for reminding me that it is all by grace through faith!

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  3. Beautiful! I am glad I discovered your blog :)

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  4. Grace...love Grace and that God is so patient with me. Thank you for the reminder that I am not walking alone.

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