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The Gift of Faith and Freewill

“Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:38-39 (NKJV)

When giving parables about the kingdom of heaven, Jesus said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32).  

Jesus picked a mustard seed, which was recognizable for its smallness, but when grown, it becomes a very large treelike shrub.  When I think of this parable, or when I hear of a mustard seed, I immediately draw a parallel of how our faith works as well.  It too, starts very small, but much like any muscle being exercised and nourished, it grows in size and strength.  

There are many people who claim they have no faith to believe in God, but this is not true. Every person has faith, and they use this faith to live their lives in various ways.  For example, the very person who claims to be atheist or agnostic will be the same person who will drive their car through an intersection with a green light, having the faith to believe that the cross traffic will stop because their light is red. In essence, this person is choosing to operate their automobile in faith. 

God has given every person the faith to believe in Him (Eph. 2:8-9), and He has shown us Himself in our very bodies and through all creation — we can either receive this truth or suppress it. If we choose to receive His truth and apply it to our lives, we will be saved.  And if not, we will be without excuse when we come face-to-face with Him (Rom. 1:18-21). 

The truth of the matter is, we have all the faith we need to believe in God, and we have all the evidence we need to make the choice to follow Jesus.  The decision for those who claim unbelief isn’t based on lack of faith, but on lack of accountability—it’s easier for them to be lord of their own lives, rather than surrendering to Jesus as Lord, and it’s easier to submit to their own fleshly desires for living, rather than submitting to God’s will for how they are to live their life.  

I think each of us will struggle at times in our walk of faith, and I believe it is precisely these times where we can be strengthened mightily.  But we must choose to keep our mind fixed upon the truth of God’s word, and be committed to following it. The enemy knows if he can get us to doubt the scriptures we will be less likely to live in accountability, and we will be very tempted to become the lord of our own lives, rather than giving Jesus His rightful place.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Hebrews 10:38-39, what can we learn with respect to how we are to live our lives?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you committed to living in faith?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to allow God to grow your faith, and completely trust Him, no matter what you may be facing. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, I love You and I place my faith in You alone for my salvation, and for the transformation of my life. I am sorry for those times where I have not walked in faith, or appropriated Your truth.  Fill me with Your Spirit today and empower me to walk in faith. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott







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