Friday, February 12, 2016

Devotion: Faith Pleases God

Our God is a “faith God.”  Everything pertaining to God involves “faith” on our part.  There are many definitions for faith, but the one we are drawn to most for the purpose of this commentary says, “faith is trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.”  For the believer, faith is trusting in, believing in and/or depending upon God and accepting that he exists when there is no physical proof of its existence or of its reality.

Now, before any of you get upon that righteous horse and start responding with all of the things that you have found that proves God’s existence, know this, it is “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3).  Though we can see this physical world, it is only through faith that we believe that “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

This is what God wants from us.  God wants us to have faith that he is because without this kind of faith, it is impossible for us to please God.  But here it most important part of this passage for “those who come to God and believe that he is,” God is “a rewarder of them who diligently seek him.”

Gloria Copland is credited with saying, “Faith is the confidence to think, to speak, to act on the words God has already spoken.  Faith always looks forward.  It doesn’t dwell on the past.  It faces the future full of expectancy with faith in God.  You are born again to live a life of bold, fearless and unwavering faith.”

Voltaire, a French writer, philosopher, playwright, said “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”

Kenneth Copeland describes faith this way, “Faith is not a movement.  Faith is not how God operates and’s how he wants you to live.”

“Faith in God” is having the courage to let God have control.  “Faith in God” is having the courage to put everything in his hands and then trusting that he will do what he has said he would do.  “Faith in God” means that through the hard times, the bad times, or the rough times, you still have faith in him.  “Faith in God” is believing he is working things out for you, even when you don’t feel it.  “Faith in God” changes everything.  God wants you to live by it.  God wants us to believe that he is.  God wants us to depend up on him.  God wants us to have faith in him, because without this kind of faith, it is impossible to please God.  We are to “live by it, by faith and not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7).

So you have to have faith, which is required in order to have a relationship with God.  Faith is necessary for anyone who wants to know God.  Therefore, trust in the Lord with all you heart and in all of your ways submit to God and he will direct you, making your path straight and crowning your efforts with success.  Faith is a choice.  Believing is a choice.  You can choose to believe or you can choose not to believe; that choice is yours.  As for us, we choose to believe and we choose to place our faith in God, “for with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).  Faith pleases God.  Amen.

We always give thanks to God for the ability to share our inspirational message with you.  We constantly pray that you will be blessed as well as informed by them and that you will be the better for having read them.  If you are blessed by them, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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