Fresh Faith

If I were to ask you what is waiting rightly? It is that we wait in faith that pleases God. Now I understand your push back because waiting is hard, especially if it is an active process on our part. The Bible is one story after another of people waiting on God. One great example is Abe Who at the ripe age of 75 years, said yes in obedience to God. Hebrews 11:8~By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (ESV) Whenever I read these words, I am reminded of my own life. So many decisions seemed to be stand-alone decisions, yet, God orchestrated each. For example: when we returned from the mission field we served at Fort Mill, after being here a couple of months, we bought a house. Not the house April wanted in the city, no, April wanted a beautiful house most, if not all of you have been too. We could never have planned to live a mile from the church. But God, who sees all and knows all. Genesis 12:1~The Lord had said to Abram, Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (ESV) 

Finding God’s will for our life is like steering a car. We can’t steer a car unless it’s moving, and God won’t steer us until we get moving in faith. Remember, The way to see far ahead in the will of God is to go as far ahead as you can see. When we get there God will show us what’s next. Abe never lived long enough to receive the land God promised as an inheritance; he was a nomad all his life, living in tents (Genesis 11:9) He lived as a happy camper for about 100 years. Though he never received the PromiseLand, Abe died believing God would give it to his descendants Hebrews 11:10~For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. (ESV): Abe was looking forward to heaven. He waited not only for the earthly Promise Land, but also for something greater. He waited in the future hope of all humanity that we would be blessed through him.

Abe was the first person recorded in the Bible to believe God has the power to raise the dead, and he looked all the way to Messiah. Abe knew it was God’s responsibility to fulfill His promises; and it’s his responsibility to be obedient. We may be facing a problem that seems impossible. It may be financial, a relationship, career, an education, a health problem the loss of a family member. You’re standing in life staring at the need of a miracle. If so you need to follow the psalmist’s example Psalm 130:5~I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; (ESV).

That means wait, and while we wait, trust God’s promises in the Bible. Learn to stand on the word of God. Faith is the substance of Hope in our lives. What is the object of your faith? Or should I say who have you placed your faith in? The Heroes of Faith: bear witness to us, that living by faith requires that we give to God The Right Worship.

I would like you to consider this as a working definition of faith. Fantastic Adventure In Trusting Him = FAITH. Use your faith and respond to God each day in a believing, trusting, act of Faith. This is more than just an acknowledgment that God is the creator, That Jesus died for our sins, or the Holy Spirit is real. James 2:19~You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! (ESV) This life-altering faith empowers us to live like Jesus Christ. Knowing that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him. As you take time to pray, why not ask God to increase your faith, and take a step of faith in your life today. I bet you will see just how fantastic the adventure can be in Christ our Lord.

The Call of the Faithful

Did you know that the right works please God? Faith that pleases God reveals itself in our obedience—which means we do the right works. Perhaps the greatest example of this in the Bible is the third hero in Faith’s Hall of Fame, Noah Hebrews 11:7~By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. (ESV) Noah was just a farmer and had probably never seen a boat much less a toad strangling gully washer. Have you ever lived in a place with high curbs? When we moved to Texas we had 10 inch curbs! They put curbs like that in knowing that rains come in quick and hard, they are a necessity. Noah could have never dreamt of rain flooding the earth. Yet, he obediently moved with reverent fear and in faith constructed a gigantic ark that measured 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and four stories high as recorded in Genesis  6:15~ (ESV).

He built all of this boat, exactly according to God’s instructions. By faith. Hebrews 11:7~By faith Noah…condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (ESV) Imagine God asking you to build what you have never seen, take more than a century to do this, and oh, by the way, tell everyone God is fed up and they have no chance. I’d say that takes faith. Noah preached for 120 years without one convert. I really would love to read some of his journals, if only he had poured out his soul like David. Alas, he didn’t. Noah’s life is an excellent example of the fact God doesn’t call us to be successful; He calls us to be faithful. Living a faithful life that pleases God always reveals itself. Faith is revealed in our actions, in our good works, in the spiritual fruit of life. James 2:26~For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (ESV)

Faith that pleases God does many good works. John Calvin wrote in response to Cannon 11 of the 6th session of the Council of Trent, a little church history for you, as they were helping to iron out our faith: It is, therefore, faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone. Faith in God is never alone! James reminds us in his general epistle, saving faith is always accompanied by good works. That’s why we see Paul use the terms good works and spiritual fruit interchangeably. Remember the last teaching of Jesus like a deathbed confession. He said bear much fruit. The Heroes of Faith: Share how each of us must live by faith, giving to God The Right Worship. How we are to Walk Right, following and seeking God, as we do the Right Works. Today, why not just respond to God and see what He has planned for you.

Assembly of the Faithful

Let me begin by stating the obvious, God doesn’t want us to have religion; He wants us to have a relationship. This is what it means when a Bible teacher talks about walking with the Lord. A great example of this is Enoch. Genesis 11:5~By faith Enoch was taken up (μετατίθημι metatithēmi) so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. (ESV) The word (μετατίθημι metatithēmi) taken up or translated can also be rendered transported. God transported Enoch from earth to heaven without him dying because he pleased God. Grab the picture Enoch is the 4th—great-grandson of Adam. Born in the last third of Adam’s life. I can see Enoch climbing on Papaws lap for a story. “Tell me of the garden.” It would’ve stirred him to know God. As he cobbles a life together, he’ll birth the longest life as the father of Methuselah, who lived 969 years. Enoch’s life is summed up twice in the word of God, using the same words in Genesis 5:22&24 Genesis5:22~Enoch walked with God…(ESV) 

Does anything else need to be said? Enoch was in constant contact with God through prayer and communion. He may have been the original prayer walker. The most famous phrase in Hebrews 11 connects with the life of Enoch: Hebrews 11:6~And without faith it is impossible to please him (God)…(ESV) The Heroes of Faith: Share how we must live by faith, giving to God The Right Worship. How we are to Walk Right, following and seeking God. Today, take time to seek God and listen to what He has to say about your walk with Him. Then begin by making the adjustments He places on your heart. I bet you will be met with His great Joy.