Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Just Shall Live By His Faith

Habakkuk 2:1-4 

Hab 2:1  I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

Having asked questions, he now stands on duty, watching to hear from God. When he hears he will warn the people. We are to be a watchman warning the people according to God's word. A watchman must be faithful.

Isa 21:6  For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
Isa 21:7  And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:
Isa 21:8  And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights: 

Eze 3:18  When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

The just shall live by faith

Hab 2:2  And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Hab 2:3  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Write the message so the message bearer may run  to deliver it. Write it plain on tablets, I assume on parchment or on clay tablets. The ten commandments were written on stone.

Exo 24:12  And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. 

The message was to be shared, not just for the prophet. Written on the things used in that day: tablets of clay, rock, metal or wood. We use paper or even computer digital writing, whatever, the message is to be written and shared. Often the message was in the future, yet the word will come true as spoken.

Daniel was given the meanings of dreams and visions and some things he spoke were for the very end times.

Dan 8:19  And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. 

Five ways of hearing God's voice (Kingdom Dynamics, The Spirit Filled Bible)

1. Meet with the Lord regularly in a special place of prayer

2. Look for God to Speak to you in dreams and visions

3. Listen for the word of the Lord

4. Keep a journal of things God says "write clearly the vision."

5. Wait for God to bring it to pass:"It will surely come."

Hab 2:4  Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

 "shall live"  chayah: To live, to stay alive, be preserved; to flourish, to enjoy life; to live in happiness; to breathe, be alive, be animated, recover health, live continuously. To live and breath.

Psa 150:6  Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

"the just shall live by his faith"

This message is prominent in the New Testament. It is for all who will believe the truth of God.

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 

Gal 3:11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Heb 10:37  For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Heb 10:38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Heb 10:39  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Heb 3:12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 

"faith" In the Hebrew literally means firmness, figuratively; security, fidelity, steady, truly, truth. Faith is steadfast and sure being placed in the truth.

What one has faith in is very important. The Japanese Kamikaze fighter planes dove to their death in ww2 because of faith in their emperor and honor. The Islamic radicals blow themselves up hoping to kill as many infidels as possible, because their faith was in a supposed reward in the hereafter. Our nation was built on the Biblical world view. A faithless generation is dividing the nation. The conservatives believe in Biblical precepts and morality and the progressives are turning things upside down.

Isa 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isa 5:21  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Isa 5:22  Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
Isa 5:23  Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 

My faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Luke 16:10  He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Luke 16:11  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 

1Cor 4:1  Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
1Cor 4:2  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 
2Tim 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 

Rev 2:10  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 

"tribulation ten days"; ten is the number of the law, but this use of ten probably means a few days, a short period of time.

Gen 24:55  And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.

Dan 1:12  Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

Fear not what may come, you may suffer a short time and even be put to death, but your life continues in Christ Jesus, have faith.

Mat 25:21  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 

The important thing is to remain a person of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, a faithful person with spiritual fruit.

Rom 14:22  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
Rom 14:23  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. 

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