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How do you know?

"How do you know that is was God that answered your prayer?"

It may be natural to feel challenged when someone asks "how do you know?"; I do the same thing all the time. People make statements, but do not demonstrate a pattern consistent with the statement, or it seems so brash that you want to know why they made it. I am not asking a question like that because I am lacking a relationship with the Lord, but I certainly do want to know what theirs is.

I recently asked a young man, "how do you know God is real?" I ask myself that question frequently. Why? Because there are times when I get too focused on the world going on around me, and there is very little that the world shows me that gives me hope. In fact, if I focus on the world for very long I find myself wondering if this life that scripture teaches about is real, and coming as He promised.

How do you refocus, especially when they are coming at you from all sides? David had the same problem. (Read …

We were deemed righteous

Through Justification - We were deemed righteous.

Without fanfare, hoopla, and all the festive sounds of a celebration it came - our justification.

Life came in place of death. Previously we had no options, we were all dead men walking, but on that day everything changed.

Do you think anyone noticed, felt different, or made radical changes to their lives because of it. Yes, there were some dramatic moments. Some of which equaled any nail biting movie scene, for graves popped open and people came back to life. There was an earthquake, the sun went dark at midday, and the one that few would have been aware of, the curtain within the temple, thick and dense, ripped in two starting at the top and tearing all the way to the floor; in a sense exposing God openly to the world and the world to God.

Justified in God's eyes. Paid for, and now free to choose. Prior to Christ's death man had no choice. Instructions after the law came showed man how to momentarily alleviate guilt, but it …

Abraham believed God.

Rom 4:3  For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Seems straightforward enough, but very simplistic. In reality I suppose it is. Stretch this out there a couple more years perhaps, to a time after the snatching away has taken place. All those people that the church has deemed evil have had to take a stand, refusing to take the beasts mark, or worship the beast. For their stand they will be beheaded (this, by the way, is a fundamental Islamic teaching and methodology.) Because they have refused to take the mark, then we have to assume that in some bizarre or sincere way they have accepted that Jehovah is God. Here is the absolutely amazing part, God calls them saints. After a period of time, which is God prescribed, he raptures them to heaven.
Now did anyone see the FAITH in this, for it was certainly counted unto them as righteousness. That should sound familiar seeing as it is the same phrase that was used on Abram.
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Thoughts on Romans 3:21

Rom 3:21  But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

But now a righteousness from God,

Righteousness - The general usage, according to Webster's, is conformity to a standard.
    Whose standard? God's. Is it possible for man to uphold God's standard? Nope, never has, never will, not while we are living on this earth.
Since man cannot uphold his end of the righteousness spectrum then we are wholly dependent upon God's righteousness.
    Now "a righteousness from God" would imply that the ability to carry out the Spirit's intention comes from God and is God designed. Here is the logic that I see in this. If it was the righteousness of God then it would his alone, and while the mentors attributes surely have an impact they are still the mentors and not mine. Obviously we can assimilate some aspects, but are we mimicking or truly trying to emulate one we love. To say that the righteousne…

Where did Cain get his wife?

This is meant to be lite hearted, and make you think at the same time.

While we may not definitive answers for everything I believe that God fully intended for the answers to be found.

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD." And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.
(Genesis 4:1-2 ESV)

Here is the background for this discussion. Sitting in my old fogies bible study. A friend of mine asks the "off topic" question, "where did Cain find a wife?"
That happens to be a great question. He even added that "Adam and Eve only had two children didn't they?"

The leader of the study responded, "I do not know, I will have to study that out."
If in doubt, study it out. That is a good response, but a student of the bible should have had an answer.
Moments passed and no one could respond to him, therefore s…