Hebrews 11:6 – 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.
Allow me to offer two points of reference as we begin. The word “FAITH” is used in the Old Testament two times, and in the four Gospels and New Testament, 245 times. Our Text for Today states it as clearly as it can be stated. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God).” If one takes just a few moments to truly consider the power of that statement, the reasoning of that consideration will bring one to a staggering conclusion. Let’s do it together, keeping it as simple as possible, approaching it from the point of view of a Christian. It might flow as follows.
Romans 14:23 states, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Since the Christian should live free from sin, living by faith is vital. Mark 9:23 declares, “All things are possible to him that believeth.” A believer is a Christian, and to believe in this context is to have faith. In Mark 11:22, Jesus commands us to, “Have faith in God.” That is NOT a suggestion, but a commandment. And then we add our Text for Today, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God).” To attempt to please God outside the use of faith is sin. Both faith AND love are commanded. Love without faith achieves nothing. Faith without love is nothing but noise. Do you want to please God? You MUST HAVE FAITH.
That should forever settle the issue in the heart of any believer. Now the question arises, how does one have this kind of faith. It first comes at the point of the new birth. When you’re born again, you receive “the measure” of faith (Romans 12:3). Your faith increases as you feed your spirit man on God’s Word (Romans 10:17). It does not come by prayer, fasting, or works of any kind. Faith comes ONLY by hearing the Word of God.
So, do you need mountains moved, a way through the sea, deliverance from lions or fire, the ability to stand against armies, healing, provision, deliverance? Any and all these things can be accessed by your faith, and faith is your servant. The sum of all that has been written here. To live for Christ requires faith. To please the Father God requires faith. To have faith, one must be born again and be a hearer of the Word of God. That, my friend, is the beginning.
Manna for Today – Hebrews 11:1-40; Romans 12:1-3; Matthew 8:26; Mark 11:22-24; Acts 15:7-12; Romans 4:13; Romans 10:6-17; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 4:5-13