“For you are a people holy to the LORD your GOD. The LORD your GOD has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession. The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your ancestors that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your GOD is GOD; He is the faithful GOD, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

These Scriptures clearly point out who is the One who is doing all the good work. The LORD declares and makes holy. The LORD chooses. The LORD loves. The LORD keeps His oath. The LORD brought out of Egypt. The LORD redeemed and rescued. The LORD keeps His covenant and shows steadfast love. In other words, the LORD is doing all the good work. He is our faithful GOD! Despite our weaknesses and our lack of faith, then, and only then, does man respond to what the LORD has done. Man’s actions accomplish nothing more than what has already been done for them by the LORD. Man’s actions to love and keep are the proper responses to the One who has first loved and kept. This is the purpose of all the commands, the statutes, and laws of the LORD, so we might live as the holy people He has already made us to be. Today, we say the LORD has justified us so we might live as His holy people sanctified by the blood of CHRIST, set apart to be His own people, designed and destined to bring honor, praises and glory to GOD and the LORD JESUS CHRIST!! Let us freely live out what GOD had already done to save us and bless us with eternal life in CHRIST!!

Blessed By His Faithfulness,
Pastor Wally & Sister Mattie