Replacement Faith-ology

2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless, HE remains faithful, for HE cannot deny HIMSELF.”

Replacement Faith-ology

Is your faith found as Jekyll’s
or far more as Hyde’s…
or has some combination of
Fear overwhelmed it?
Is your faith tried by fire,
repeatedly so…
so that even Hyde’s evils
cannot overrun it?

But if lackluster levels
are only what’s seen;
if your Faith lays in chains
nearly dead, barely breathing…
then inhale CHRIST’s Promise
to never forsake!
Yes, again breathe in power
through scriptural readings…

…for the WORD of GOD
transformed HIMSELF into Flesh!
Thus, HE dwells deep within us,
our Strength for each battle!
Feel HIM marching through you
breaking shackles of Fear!
Then stand trembling with praise!
No more Hyde-ing in shadows!

Now cast off Jekyll’s nature
…and Hyde’s with great haste!
Clothe yourself in CHRIST’s
robes, sown eternally righteous!Then shall Fear wear such bondage
which once had been yours!
So arise for your Faith has
replaced been…with HIS!

As HIServant strengthened and emboldened to serve because HIS faith is forever perfect,

Whitney

Devotional: Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your GOD is GOD, the faithful GOD WHO keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love HIM and keep HIS commandments, to a thousand generations.”

“A thousand generations” is essentially Eternity…and as HE is eternal, so is HIS faithfulness! HE always keeps HIS promises and covenants so we are to keep HIS commandments endlessly as well!

2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the LORD, are being transformed into HIS image with intensifying glory, which comes from the LORD, WHO is the SPIRIT.” HIS faithfulness IS transforming us presently.

We are being changed into HIS image “with INTENSIFYING glory” which is HIS and HIS alone. “Oh LORD JESUS”, our souls should immediately sing every hour, “change us all the more!”

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” If we cannot see, then we are left with faith. If we cling to our own faith, we will soon be overwhelmed by Fear as our options decrease rapidly. Remember

Fanny Crosby who, as a blind author and songwriter in the 1800’s, wrote over 8,000 poems and songs about the LORD. She was encouraged by HIS WORD!

She wrote constantly about HIM and thus…HIS faithfulness overwhelmed her fears and GOD used her mightily to encourage the Body.

Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be discouraged, for I am your GOD. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with MY victorious right hand!”

I can see Fanny highlighting this verse amongst the countless encouraging texts of HIS WORD. HE uplifts our heads, HE encourages us as we read, study and worship HIM and we rest in HIS faith instead of wrestling with our own!

Psalm 62:1-2 “My soul finds rest in GOD alone, my salvation comes from HIM, HE alone is my Rock and my Salvation.” *** Therefore! HIS faith — alone — is perfect!

Oh, LORD JESUS! Our heart’s cry comes before YOU! We have learned through painful trial and tribulation that our faith cannot be wholly trusted. YOU show us how we daily pull away, forget to remain steadfast, distract others by pointing out the speck of their “weak” faith…neglecting the plank in our own eyes.

We cannot live as Dr. Jekyll being mild mannered and withdrawn when the monster of Mr. Hyde lurks within. We must take hold of CHRIST and rely solely on HIS faithfulness while we endeavor to do our best and serve HIM without compromise.

As such, by rejecting our own credit, we are to discard any temporary “rest” in our efforts and abilities. Rather, we cling to the Cross. We embrace HIM who has removed the penalty which both our internal Jekyll and Hyde thoughts and actions have earned!

1 Corinthians 1:9 “GOD is faithful, by WHOM you were called into the fellowship of HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST our LORD.” HIS faith is within fellowshipping with HIM! Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for HE WHO promised is faithful.” HIS calling is thus perfect as well as completed on the Cross when HE proclaimed the truth we cling to…“It is finished!”

Yes, we stand in HIM, by HIS faithfulness…a new creation! With HIS vision then, we do not exist seeking fault but believing in HIM WHO made us faultless. Neither Jekyll or Hyde nor some in-between hybrid. We are NEW and faith-filled creations crafted by HIS hands…without any error! Again…2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless, HE remains faithful, for HE cannot deny HIMSELF.”

Hallelujah! Amen and amen!

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