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.
To have the kind of faith that pleases God, we often must be taken through frustrating, irritating, fist-clenching experiences. Maybe you have been at the point where you cried, “Lord, You gave me a promise, but now You have taken away everything that could make that promise possible!” Have you ever said something like this?
Why does God do this? Why does the Lord remove all natural means through which the Lord’s divine promise could be fulfilled? Often, it is so our relationship with the Lord will be sustainable rather than giving us what we want after we have been good boys and girls. You see, if God’s promises could be fulfilled through our abilities, we would be in performance mode 24/7. That is not Lord’s way. Instead, our God asks us into an ongoing relationship, one that requires the trust of our whole hearts. Yes our whole heart!!
That’s how the great cloud of witnesses before us made it into God’s Hall of Faith. Scripture says that when God promised to make Abraham the father of all nations, Abraham “figured his body was as good as dead” (Romans 4:19, NLT). That word “figured” is a mathematical term. Abraham realized that nothing in his life “added up” to see this promise fulfilled. Nothing in his power could make it work. And yet we read, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger” (4:20). Do you feel your faith growing stronger?
Here is a picture of Jesus initiating and perfecting a godly man’s faith. The more Abraham figured, “I can’t do this,” the stronger His faith in God’s ability grew. And through the death of his flesh came a power that was not of himself—it was the power of the Holy Spirit.
My Heart today: I want to see thousands of lost people in our city come to Jesus. Yet I know that will never happen by strategizing, planning or putting programs into place. Those things may be useful, but only Jesus can initiate anything for His kingdom. Only tGod can perfect in us the trusting faith required to see multitudes of souls brought into eternal life.
Yes, we are called to do the things we can do for Christ’s kingdom. But we are also called to more family of God. Do you want to see God’s purposes accomplished in your community, His promises fulfilled in your life? The Lord asks only that you trust no matter what, by living a life of faith! Great weekend to you and your family.
Pastor James Baker, Jr.