Friday, January 7, 2011

That's Faith

(Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 

Faith is trusting God.  If you have faith:
  • you trust God
  • you take God at His word
  • you believe what God says
  • you obey what God commands
  • you side with God against all enemies
  • you vindicate God to others and to yourself
But our faith is weak.  We don't always obey.  We sometimes retreat in fear.  We doubt.

Isn't this the nature of the Christian life?  Are we not constantly struggling to grow in faith - in trust - in confidence - in obedience?  Oh we of little faith!  Why do we fear?

Some people labor to disbelieve and others labor to believe.  Some people come to God's revelation with their own presuppositions and measure the God of the Bible by their own prejudices.  As a consequence they either reject the God of the Bible outright or they modify Him with rationalizations that will make Him fit in their box.  Neither option is faith.
(1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Faith reads the revelation of God, believes what it says and trusts that God is right in His actions, judgments, plans and purposes.  If they don't understand how certain aspects of God's dealings fit together, they trust that God's insight is greater than their own and that God's dealings are always right.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV) ¶ For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
That's faith.
(Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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