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You Gotta Have Faith

You Gotta Have Faith
Trusting And Acting Upon God's Promises

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)

I remember as a young child trying to please my parents.  I would do what they asked and would work hard to help by doing my list of chores.  Each day my siblings and I were given a list of things to do and we were told if we completed the tasks listed we would be given an allowance of money to use as we chose.  I believed what they said and as a result, I performed everything on the list to the best of my ability.  The result was my parents were pleased and were faithful to do what they had promised.

I have found it to be the same way with my Heavenly Father, and He too has made many promises of blessing to us within His Word. As we place our faith in Him and His promises our actions should follow by obeying what He has asked of us.  Our actions will reflect our faith and we will please Him very much.  Hebrews 11:6 speaks of this faith and how we must exercise it to please God.   

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. Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

The word faith used here in this passage of Scripture is translated from the Greek word, pistis, pis´-tis; and it is the possessing of a moral conviction of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God, especially reliance upon Christ for salvation.  It is to believe in the Gospel truth (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  

To have faith is to believe in something or someone.  It is to fully trust, and to be so confident that you base your actions on what you believe. To have faith is to be fully convinced of the truthfulness and reliability of that in which you believe.

We see this type of faith being displayed in the Book of Numbers.  God had spoken to Moses saying, "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."  Moses did as God had requested and he sent out 12 spies to check out the land.  Upon returning 10 spies gave discouraging reports full of fear and doubt, while just 2 spies (Caleb & Joshua) came back with favorable reports and were full of faith in God's promise to give them the land.

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it."  But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we."  Numbers 13:30-31 (NKJV)

We can learn a lot from Caleb and Joshua about faith.  We can see how they wholly surrendered their heart to believe God and His promises.  We need to exercise our faith daily.  God is not asking us to go to war with giants twice our size, but He is going to test us to see if we will continue to act upon His promises contained within His Word.  

For some the test will come within the confines of a relationship - they will be challenged to continue to walk in faith when being hurt by another.  For others, they will be tested when they don't see a way to pay their bills.  Each test will be limited to what each person can handle - God has promised we will not be given any temptation beyond what we are able to bear (See 1 Cor. 10:13).  

The truth of the matter is we all need obstacles within our life to test us.  These obstacles are the way we strengthen our faith and we build perseverance and endurance.  We are to continue to walk even when we see no possible way through the path we are on, and we are to continue to focus on God's promises within His Word when we are tempted to doubt, worry, be anxious, or fear.  

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to keep the faith - hold on to it and never let it go, no matter what happens.  God will never leave us nor forsake us, and He will be with us in every test we face.  I don't know about you, but I want to please my Heavenly Father, and I know to do this I must have faith.

STUDY QUESTION: What promise have we been given in Jeremiah 17:7-8 if we trust in the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God implicitly?

APPLICATION: If you have found yourself doubting your future, or being afraid of what lies ahead, then cast your burdens upon the Lord, and choose to believe His promises within His Word.   You will be immediately rewarded (See Isa. 26:3; Jer. 17:7-8).

Father, thank You for giving me Your promises contained within Your Word.  Thank You for giving me the stories of men who chose to believe and act upon Your promises.  I am sorry for the times where I have doubted based on what I have seen with my eyes, rather than trusting You completely.  I repent of this, and ask for Your forgiveness.  Help me to remember these Biblical truths today as I face every test that comes my way.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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