Sunday, April 2, 2017
Impossible But For Faith
And 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 seek Him. --Hebrews 11:6
Faith is such a profound, powerful, blessed gift. It is not a weak, half-hearted belief that has no power to transform, sustain, protect. . . . It is not an intellectual agreement at some distant point and then going on, life as usual. . . .
Faith is a destroyer of worry . . . of fear . . . of panic . . . of depression. . . .
First, believing that God is sovereign over all . . . then knowing He is Good . . . and that He "CAUSES all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (Rom. 8:28) . . . where is the trouble?
The thing is, is that too often those who claim to have faith . . . really don't believe and trust that God is sovereign . . . or that He is Good . . . or that He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him. . . . They give lip service to the notion, very superficially, but then go on doubting, questioning, complaining, trying to control . . . and fearing. . . .
The verse says it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God without faith. Impossible.
And if we do have faith, this too is something we cannot boast of. Faith is a gift as well. (Eph.2:8)
Everything good is a gift. We merit nothing. We can do no good thing unless God provides it first.
All that's left is gratitude, thankfulness, awe . . . at His magnanimity. The devils instantly contradict such a thought . . . and shake their fist at God . . . angry that He is God and they are not. All false philosophies are the corrupt mind rebelling against God's sovereign grace . . . devising clever and intricate justifications for their hatred, calling God unjust.
Faith! Faith! Faith!
[p.s. yeah something strange is going on with my text...i haven't changed any settings and don't know why it shows up white highlighted....Will have to poke around and see if i can figure out what the deal is with that :) ]