Per Fidem Intrepidus (Translation: Fearless through faith)
How did I get the faith I have today?
I studied, I asked, and I prayed
But how did I get the faith I have today?
The Bible assured me that was the way
It started out as a tiny seed
A taste of Your love had been revealed
I knew in my heart that I wanted more
I opened Your Word and begin to explore
The way to Faith was through Your Word
The message is clear, you have to hear
Faith was to know Jesus, that’s what I heard
His love, His life, faith became real
Jesus is the perfecter of my faith
Faith I now truly embrace
How did I get the faith I have today?
The Bible led me all of the way
COMMENT ON FAITH
Faith is the most vital part of being or becoming a Christian.
It is a seed that is implanted in our souls when we read the Bible.
In Hebrews it says
“without faith it is impossible to please God”
When I opened the Bible for the first time,
the last thing I had was faith.
One day I was back in the U.S. reading and seeking.
Still with the tapes and the books from the cult
that were given to me with the Bible. It was
confusing reading the truth and a lie at the same time.
I gave up, threw the Bible on the floor.
Before I got up I asked God
“Are You really there”?
I wasn’t expecting anything. My heart leaped.
God knew I needed that.
As I read the Bible the shock of what I had been missing
for so many years dawned on me. I also realized that
receiving that faith was a gift from God.
The way I received that Bible was a miracle.
God sent someone to the jungles of Belize.
The grace of God.
For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
There is a bible story about David, the King
Mostly when talked about, it is about his sin
What I see is a story of Grace and Restoration
Rejoicing I thank God, there is no separation
A man after God’s own heart
He was the greatest sinner
And yet You called him that
What did he do? He loved you
Repenting for a start
Accepting what sin did to him
He never turned his back
Lord let me learn a lesson
From this man who stole Your heart.
COMMENT ON A SINNER
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of David.
David had many qualities described in his own writings.
He was trusting
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear
He was loving
I love you, O Lord, my strength
He was repentant
For the sake of your name. O Lord, forgive my iniquity,
though it is great
It shows the grace and love of God. Anything is forgiven if I repent.
I am a sinner and there is great comfort in knowing that I have a God
who is greater than any sin.
What I learned was that no matter what problems or how hard life
becomes I accept it never doubting that it will be for my good.
I want to be a woman after His own heart.
“I have found David the son of Jesse,
a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill
all my will”.
God’s faithfulness keeps me alive
I used to be so unaware
I know now how to survive
When I pray I know He’s there
I didn’t want to let Him in
But He wouldn’t give up on me
He just kept right on knocking
Waiting so patiently
He knew I belonged to Him
Chosen before time began
He wouldn’t easily let me go
He loved me, sinning as I was
Once I opened that locked door
His love took over my life
How did I miss it before
His faithfulness was my guide
Now I am so aware
I see His faithfulness everywhere
In gratitude I kneel in prayer
My life surrendered in His care.
Comments on God’s Faithfulness
Why did it take me so long? I think back and realize He
was always there. What made me finally look and
know that is was all true.
My first look was in the Bible, but even then I did not
look with an open heart. I remember being so skeptic.
The one thing I did right, I kept seeking. I was about to
give up. I sincerely cried out and asked
“Are You really there?”
God was faithful. I have since read in the Bible
“Seek and you will find me when you seek me with all
your heart”. God kept that promise and my life
There is no secret. You have to really want it, want to
God will be faithful to the end. I almost rejected Him
completely but He would not let me go. I thank God
that He did not let my heart become hardened.
I would not have survived.
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
“You will seek me and find me when you
seek me with all your heart”
Woman After My Heart
One of the things I don’t know for sure, what is
my hearts desire
Is it wealth, is it fame, is it love, is it health,
what is it I require
When I get this feeling of emptiness, what is it,
Lord, that I want
I pray and I ask, God, what is wrong? Waiting
for some response
I already know what the problem is, that little
voice, comes from within
Asking me where I’ve been
It happens again and again, when I ignore,
Jesus, my closest friend
I know that my real desire, is to never be apart.
Someday I want to hear, the Lord, say
“You’re A Woman After My Own Heart”
My hearts desire is not for fame nor wealth nor
love nor health.
My heart’s desire is that when I see Jesus face
to face He would say,
“Here is a woman after my own heart”
What does it mean to be a person after God’s
I read the story of David and it gives me hope.
David was a sinner, but he was humble, he
admitted his sin and asked forgiveness.
David loved God, cried out to God, the
consequence of his sin did not turn him from
Most importantly David never ignored God.
I know that is the way to His heart.
Love does not ignore.
“I have found David the son of Jesse,
a man after mine own heart, which shall
fulfill all my will”
The power of Your Word created the world
I opened the Book, the truth finally heard
A love letter to me, we call it the Bible
With instructions so clear, it is my survival
The Bible revealed God, Jesus in action
I felt His love, I felt His passion
Reading His Word I found the truth
My life has changed, how much more proof
So many years not knowing the Word
I am a true witness of what it can do
I had been told but I had not heard
His sacrifice, His love, my life was renewed
The power of Your Word keeps the World in order
God left us that Word, God left us that power
Your Word says to go and preach in the world
How I lead my life speaks louder than words
Your Word became flesh
You became my Savior
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is like
reading a love letter to us from the creator
of the universe.
I didn’t understand this right away but I
kept on reading. I kept on seeking to know
more. Once the truth penetrates you can
never let it go.
The Bible is the most important book on
earth. The most important book ever written.
It has been proven to be accurate. Many
have tried to disprove it and failed.
Discoveries keep coming up verifying and
It changed my life. It introduced me to
history’s most important figure, Jesus.
Read this book and your life will change.
“So faith comes from hearing, and
hearing through the word of Christ”
Words from Moses to the Israelites I needed to hear today and I thought some of you might need to as well.
Substitute I for “the Lord” and picture God whispering this in your ear and you’ll get a beautiful picture to last the rest of the day (and beyond). Magic. Powerful. Life-giving. From Father to daughter or son.
Summary of passage: Peter tells us that Christ suffered in this body so we should be prepared to suffer as well since it means we will be done with sin, resulting in living for the will of God and not for this earthly life. You spent time doing pagan things and now they abuse you. But they will be judged in the end.
Be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Love each other deeply. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Use your gifts to serve others. If you speak, speak the words of God. Serve through God’s strength so that He may be praised.
Rejoice in your suffering since you are participating in the sufferings of Christ. If you are insulted because of Christ, you are blessed. Praise God that you bear His name in your suffering. Commit yourselves to God and do good.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: Again, I hate to harp on this but BSF keeps asking: I haven’t suffered physically at all. No one has beaten me, flogged me, ostracized me, or condemned me, especially based on my beliefs (probably afraid they’d get sued if they did). That being said, I have experienced God’s tests and how He takes away when we went through bankruptcy and we lost everything. In this instance, I realized material things are just that. There’s always another house or car. But what matters is family and God. If I have both, then I’m good.
9) Pagans will have to give account for their actions and behavior (as we all do) because God judges both the living (those with the Holy Spirit) and the dead (those without the Holy Spirit).
10a) Speaking the very words of God
b) It is possible because Christ did so and if Christ did so, then we (with the power of the Holy Spirit) can do so as well.
2 Peter 1:3: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” He has given us everything we need in order to do so.
c) Love is also an act of will. This is what many couples do not understand and what leads to divorce. Love isn’t a feeling (and definitely not the one of first love). You choose to love your husband even when….(fill in the blank). It’s the same with others. You choose to love others even when….(they fall, they sin, they hurt you, they are imperfect as we all are, etc). Christ loved all. We must love all. We must override our feelings and choose to do so.
11) You will be rewarded when his glory is revealed, you are blessed with the Spirit of glory and God upon you, you suffer in His name.
12) To pave the way for Christ’s return by purifying them and giving them time to be refined like silver and tested like gold.
13) Personal Question. My answer: Perseverance. Patience. Faith and trust in Him.
Conclusions: I almost choked on verse 8. Love? Seriously? Come on, Peter. We get it. But I liked BSF’s take on it so I did get something out of it after all, pointing out how we must choose to love and not love by feeling. If we relied just on emotion, no one would love anyone.
My favorite (if you haven’t guessed) was verse 10. Yes, another repetition of Paul’s but one I need to hear constantly in order to keep the faith in my novel. I have been gifted to serve others and I must follow through on that gift. That is the hard part when every day I ask myself, “Is this worth it?”
I like the idea of being purified for I tend to think of myself as pyrite instead of gold. Good stuff!
This was a question that arose in my other bible study and I found it fascinating.
If you are a believer, then your true home is heaven. You are a transient here on Earth, here for a short time to accomplish God’s purpose for your life, and then taken back home.
But do you long for it?
My answer was no, I don’t. And I think because I know I have not accomplished God’s purpose for me here on earth yet. I am constantly striving to fulfill His desires; it’s what drives me. And I am so consumed by this that thoughts of heaven (for me anyways) are few and far between.
I think when I get closer to finishing God’s work for me here these thoughts will become more and more frequent.
You could chalk this up to age. As you get older, you think more and more about dying, God, and heaven. But for me, I believe it’s more the former: having to do with accomplishing God’s work for me. I believe only then will I find rest.
So does this lead to a sense of comfort here on Earth? I’ve never thought about comfort per se. I’m so impatient to do His work that it consumes me most of the time. I’ve never been one to covet fancy things anyways so as long as I have food, clothing, shelter, and my kids and husband are happy, I’m good.
Are we supposed to be comfortable here on Earth when it’s not our home? John 10:10 says we are to live life to the full. What what is the full? Is it material items or is it peace, That’s for you to decide. Check your gut. What does it tell you?
Our teacher says we are not supposed to be comfortable here on earth. We’re supposed to be uneasy. I just don’t think about comfort much to be honest. It’s not a main concern of mine.
BSF briefly touched upon this point in Lesson 27 Day 3 with John 15:19, reminding us that “the world hates you.” So if the world hates us then we should be uncomfortable, right?
So what about you? Are you at home here on Earth or comfortable or do you long for Heaven? Or maybe a bit of both?
God takes me down to remind me my place in this world.
I’m sick. My throat hurts. My voice is almost gone. I have a runny nose and feel all around absolutely miserable. I can’t sleep. I’m cold.
On Wednesday, our music teacher told me I looked really tired. I’ve been thinking for a couple of weeks now I need to take a break, not work out for a week, not set my alarm for a week but I haven’t.
So God does what I won’t do.
Since August, I’ve been faithfully working out 2-3 times a week, doing BSF every day, working on my novel, and doing all the kids stuff (school, activities, etc). And getting up early every day in order to accomplish such personal goals. Not to mention running a household and keeping the dogs alive and my husband happy.
BSF is finally over. My final edit which took two months instead of two weeks is finally done. I’m on the verge of being done researching homeschool curriculum. School is almost over.
Obviously, I need a break. NOW.
As usual, God has to hit me over the head in order to do it.
He got my attention. I’m listening…