"… But the just shall live by his faith." Habakkuk 2: 4b (NKJV)

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Proverbs 10: 12 (NKJV)

In continuing this series "Transformed by Faith", we have repeatedly seen how, having been justified through faith in Jesus, we are transformed, and continue to live by faith. "The just shall live by faith" is a clause that gives us courage despite the challenges we may encounter in our daily lives. Despite the unrest and crisis in the world, we enter into God's rest in our individual lives. For God's mighty Hand performs great things on our behalf and leads us into God's rest.

The word "strife" refers to vigorous, bitter conflict, or discord that can exist among people. It is not God's desire for competition or rivalry to exist among believers or in families. Here are three things every believer must note, which encode God's purpose for our lives:

A) God's sole purpose for the Church (which means individual believers and groups), is that God alone takes up residence in us (Ezekiel 48:35).

B) God achieves His purpose of abiding in us through the truth of the Cross, and so any sermon that precludes or excludes the Cross, is not of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). Indeed, the Cross demonstrates the power of God.

C) Believers must be clear about the two points above, and endeavour to prioritise them in order to experience what God wants to achieve in our lives (2 Peter 1:10- 11).

The Christian life is not all about us, but all about God…because God saved us for a reason, so that we can be part of His kingdom. Indeed, to truly enter God's rest, we cannot do it our own way, but God's way (1 Peter 4:1-7). As a matter of fact, the experience of God's rest does not look lackadaisical in a person, but involves serious prayer from a watchful and sober mind.

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