After reading Romans Ch. 4 up to verse 18:Rom 4:17 as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"--in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Rom 4:18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So shall your descendants be."
And indeed, was it not a sign? That these people, who I called, who were well advanced in years, were told that their descendants my nation would rise, through their descendants who they did not have at the time. (DS: Wow, that’s right.)
And, this is why Hagar was brought in, for they feared. (DS: Right.) And does it not seem impossible for them (names removed) to marry? And yet, was it not impossible to see that his descendants would be his people, when he had none! And they were advanced in years, well beyond the child bearing age. And this is where hope comes. And this is where faith comes, believing against what you see.
For indeed, it takes faith to see a peaceful, joyful household, when there is none.
And it takes faith to believe in it. That God can bring it forth.
That life can spring forth where there is none. Where hope can spring forth, where there is none. Who hopes for what he sees? When you hope for what you do not see, you wait for it with patience.(Rom 8:25)
And yet it is difficult to have patience, when ones faith lingers upon a thread and the thread has not appeared.
After reading Romans 5:1-17:Rom 5:17 If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
And it is a gift, though many would have you say..though many would have you pay, that he who received it as a gift, receives the gift and the guarantee.
For to say anything other than that the Spirit of God is given to all who seek the Lord and all who believe in his name, that he was raised from the dead, and that he could give you power over the power of your sinful nature ~ such is the free gift! And you all have received it!
The gift of eternal life, according to the scripture which cannot be changed for the scripture says, “Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, shall be saved and shall receive all that the Lord Jesus Christ desires you to receive, says the Lord.
And those who try to make much of you and to bear shackles upon your neck that the Lord God did not put upon your neck ~ these are the nay-sayers, the ones who say,
“Nay, you’re not good enough” “Nay, you’re not saved”
This is a nay-sayer! They who say, “Nay!”
For the Lord says, “Yes!” (DS: Yes! Yes!)
“Yes! “Yes, the Lord says, Yes! I saved you! (2 Co 1:19,20)
And how often did you try to give this to those who departed from you?
The gift of knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ requires nothing more than believing in his name.(Jn 6:29)
And they spit it back at you and they said “I won’t eat it” and “we don’t like this food” “Where are my chains? Where is my whip?” (Tod: Oh my gosh, I used to look at them like they were crazy.)
“Where is my chain? Where is my whip?” For they enjoy to be chained and they enjoy to whip. (DS: Yes indeed)
And you refused the whip and you refused the chain.
And in one thought, in the thought of seeing you without a whip and a chain, on the one hand they were angry and on the other they were jealous.
And this is the difference the flesh and the spirit ~ for the Spirit says, “Thank you Lord” and the flesh says, “I wish to Lord this over..”
For he who says, “I want to Lord” is not seeking THE LORD.
Indeed, he is seeking his own throne.
For indeed among them it is all, “who has rank and what is it?” (meaning: what is my rank)
Indeed, they want to know the pecking order.
How can you have a pecking order my son, if you are trusting in a gift? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, think on this, SELAH (Def: Selah=think on this)
For if it is a gift my son, there is no pecking order.
Everyone gets the same denari, whether they came at the beginning, or at the end or in the middle. For the denari is the gift!
The gift is eternal life.
Would that they accepted the freedom that that entails, but they are still thinking of the City from which they have come and therefore have opportunity to return.(Heb 11:15)
That one [referring to the above prophesy] is the length and the bredth and the heighth and the girth ~ a city made by God, for his people.
They do not want the gift, they want what they have and they wanted you to make them feel better about their portion.
A wise man says, “I lack, and I will go to one who is wise”.
A wise man says, “I am poor, I will go to one who is wealthy”.
A poor man who hides his eyes from his own condition, is making a mistake.
They glory to be in your presense, but as soon as they left your presense, the glory faded. As Moses had to put on something to cover his face, so they wouldn’t see the glory fading, but you would have taught them how to have their face like that all the time. Indeed, you tried to give it to them repeatedly, but do not fear, for all one can do is offer. I offered my life on the cross, I have had generations and generations of refusals and I have had those who have accepted and it is always a joy to welcome someone new to the kingdom.