I love the fact that because of my blog's devotional nature, I can essentially write about what I've learned in the "Living Beyond Yourself" any time I want. It seems of late that the two bible studies I'm doing, my daily reading, and our Sunday church sermons are all converging upon me with the same message. A message of faith. Actually, I already posted a little about faith in this post last week from another study. Check it out if you like!
I'm not going to post a summary of the week's lesson to speak of here as I usually do. You see, I've also recently started Jennifer Rothschild's "Walking By Faith" study with a small group I lead. So I've been hit on by God with faith lately, most of which I'll save for my post tomorrow. As for now, let's look at this verse:
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)
To me, this verse is the key to our Christian lives. After all, aren't we supposed to be all about doing all things for God's glory? (1 Cor 10:31) Isn't that pleasing to him? Without faith it is impossible to please God. And without first having faith we won't be able to get more faith. Wild.
First of all, we can't please God if we don't believe that he is for without that belief in a higher being we will never know His son Jesus and thus will never be reconciled to Him. We can't please God if we aren't even able to have fellowship with Him because our sins have separated us from Him. Once we believe, we will receive the Holy Spirit of God inside us who will empower us to have more faith, a fruit of the Spirit.
But without exercising our faith, it will not become stronger. It would stand to reason that based on my key verse above (He 11:6) that the stronger our faith, the more pleased God will be with us. So is anyone ready to "exercise"? We exercise our faith by stepping out of our comfort zones and trusting God to guide us through the dark one step at a time. We must trust in His promises and be motivated by His words to us that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
I've mentioned stepping out in faith to do new things for God. But the "through" faith Beth Moore speaks of in the vide also provides some opportunities for us to please God. As we work through the difficult times in our lives, trusting that God has a blessing for us on the other side of the trial, we will also please God. Through the trials, God will make us conquerers, not quitters, and allow us to be better soldiers for Him. As Beth said, faith fights.
Easier said than done you say? Of course. Diligently seeking God does not come about without intention on our part. We must know what God's Word says to us so we can know what promises He has for us. We must know what God's Word says so we can truly get to know who God is in order for us to be able to trust Him. Then, as our hearts intertwine with God's, we will understand what He is calling us to do. Only then we can confidently step out in faith for Kingdom work, fighting the good fight.