God’s word tells us: “Because Abel had faith, he offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. God was pleased with him and his gift, and even though Abel is now dead, his faith still speaks for him.” Hebrews 11:4 (CEV) .
All faith has a basis. You cannot believe unless you have something to believe. The faith of Abel had a basis and that basis was God Himself. If you are saved, you are saved by believing God. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word and believeth him that hath sent me hath eternal life. John 5:24 (KJV)
The text says it was through faith that Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice; it was believing God that gave virtue to his sacrifice. It is true his sacrifice was of a different character than Cain’s. It was a bloody sacrifice, and Cain’s was an unbloody sacrifice. It is true that Cain’s sacrifice was worthless because it had no blood, but it was worse than that; it had no faith.
In Abel’s offering there was a recognition of his guilt, a recognition of his need of a substitute, the producing of an innocent victim, and offering it in his stead. Confessing his sins over that sacrifice, he must have said, “O God, I am a sinner.” How do I know that? Because it says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” .
Abel was convicted of sin and brought before God a substitute, made confession and had the assurance that he was cleansed. He was very happy. You cannot silence anybody that has the real thing. “He being dead yet speaketh.” (KJV) .
Aimee Semple McPherson
Editorial from: Bridal Call – Foursquare – August 1956; Page 3
여자들이 줄섰던 시절,,,,ㅎㅎ
“The devil is so stupid.” ...The biggest lie I ever told myself.
We are currently staying at a hotel, so I had to go to the bathroom for privacy to read my Bible yesterday. Wellllll, halfway into my study, Satan decides he doesn’t like that and shoots me with another spell of what we believe is endometriosis (getting it checked! No worries! ☺️). This stopped my study** and kept me stuck on the bathroom floor for thirty minutes.
I’m telling you, Satan is an absolute genius. He knows EXACTLY what to do to keep you from reaching God, and it may not be very obvious. He is quiet. He is sneaky. He knows what he wants and how to get it, but the only thing that he can never do is defeat the POWER of Jesus Christ. If we keep it alive in us, then we will have the ability to see through the devil’s schemes and live out what God has predestined for us.
Let’s keep our guard strong, my friends. STAY IN GOD’S WORD. That is where He pours His wisdom into us to see things the way He does. :)