Garden Breakfast Recipe

Living by Faith & Garden Breakfast

Hebrews 11:6 (niv)

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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I’ve been thinking about faith a lot lately. I guess I’ve been asking myself if there are different levels of faith. I talked about this a little bit a few weeks ago (here) but it’s something that I haven’t been able to get off my mind recently. Typically, when an idea or thought just won’t seem to leave, I usually get the hint that it’s there for a reason. I wonder if there are people who receive God’s little mental notifications sooner than I do, or if it takes all of us this long to get the message that He’s trying to tell us something?

I finally decided to open to my Bible and take a deeper look at faith, and figure out what it means to really have it. Deep faith. Life-changing faith. And I began to see a pattern; there aren’t different levels of faith. I mean, there certainly can be. But to be a true definition of the word, faith requires all or nothing. That’s not to say that we can’t have doubts or fears along the way (did you know that even John the Baptist had doubts? More on that later this week). Notice the verse says that it’s impossible to please God without faith, because believing in God is an act of faith in itself. So if we have the faith to believe, we have the faith to live by that belief.

As I thumbed through the examples of people with real faith, I noticed one consistent theme: They all put themselves in a place that without God, they would not and could not succeed, and in some cases, survive.

One of my friends is from England, and her dad is an engineer who loves flying. Not just the act of flying, but also the study of it. He understands how planes work. He knows the details about the equipment and the engines. One time in conversation, he started talking about “the point of no return.” He frequently crossed the globe to travel between the US where he currently lives, to the UK where his family lives. He explained that the point of no return is when the plane is no longer capable of returning to the airport (or country) it left from. He was referring to a hypothetical incident where one of the planes engines failed, and the plane was flying over water. Once the plane reaches the point of no return, it means that they have to follow through with their trip to the UK, or at least the first available landing place, instead of turning back. All of our characters today were taken to the point of no return, because of their faith.

In my post last week, I talked about having faith versus living by faith. And the examples that I found showcased what it means to truly live by faith. I want to share these 10 examples with you, in an effort to inspire us as a group to make the transition from talking about faith to living by it. Each day this week, we’ll check out a few of these examples.

  1. Abraham and Isaac – I know this isn’t the first time you’re seeing this example, because we studied it all the way back in January (see post here), but let’s take another look at Abraham’s faith. God called Abraham to offer his only son as a sacrifice. Abraham agreed. He brought his son, and their servants, to the place of the sacrifice, and He was just moments away from killing his son before God intervened. “Then Abraham reached for his knife to kill his son.” Genesis 22:10 ERV
  2. Moses – The Israelites were made to be slaves by the people of Egypt and their king. They were stuck there, under the rule of Pharaoh. But God decided that He wanted His people to experience freedom and He promised to bring them out of Egypt. He chose Moses to lead the way. If you’ve read this story, you probably know that Moses wasn’t so into this idea, and he pretty much fought God tooth and nail about committing to being the leader of this new adventure. As you can probably imagine, God wasn’t phased by Moses’ attempts at showing how weak he was, and instead God offered him proof of the power He would be given to showcase and to use. The time finally came from Moses to approach Pharaoh. Pharaoh didn’t agree to their ask, and instead, he began to punish the people. This conversation began a long, terrible experience for Pharaoh and the Egyptians, which ultimately lead to their freedom. And it all began with Moses’ faith (as shaky as it seemed). “After Moses and Aaron talked to the people, they went to Pharaoh and said, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘Let my people go into the desert so that they can have a festival to honor me.’” Exodus 5:1 ERV

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Have you ever been in a situation where your faith brought you to the point of no return? Or, have you ever said no to living by faith because you knew that you would eventually get to that point of no return, and you weren’t quite ready? Either way, God is working in you and preparing you! What do you hope to get out of this week’s study of living by faith?

Pray

For God to use these examples of living by faith as He works in your heart and mind this week.

Garden Breakfast

2 minPrep Time

11 minCook Time

13 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  2. Add diced onions to skillet and cook until soft
  3. Add spinach to skillet and season with salt and pepper
  4. Cook for 2 minutes
  5. Create 2 openings in the spinach mixture and crack 1 egg into each opening
  6. Cook for 4 minutes or until egg is cooked as desired
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