Continued From Previous Post Part Two
2: Faith in God
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.(Hebrews 11:8).Hebrews 11 probably will make one of the best sermons on faith in the Bible. It gives us a bird‘s eye view of the life of some of the characters of the Bible and their exploits through faith. It does a wonderful work of assembling these characters and pointing out what made them who they were: Faith in God. The phrase "By faith..." runs through the whole text about fifteen times and anyone who made the list in Hebrews 11 got there by faith---in God---not their smartness.
It's amazing some of the people who made that list. Rahab: Harlot, Samson:Womanizer, Gideon: Coward....that's God for you, He takes imperfection, weaknesses and sin, then polishes it and showcase it to the world. Interesting, God has no problems with His reputation: Everyone who will believe can come. Hear Jesus: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matthew 11:28-30).
Come just as you're, He is waiting with outstretched arms.
Faith is trust, hope and belief in God: "..Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." (Romans 4:3). Faith is taking God at His Word---the Bible--- and believing what He has promised. Without faith, we are made to understand we cannot please God(vs 6).
God's Word is enough. The word contains enough power to bring God's promises to fulfilment in our lives. You should love the word above everything. O how much glory we will bring to His name if we will only believe and take Him at His words. Hear the words of A.W Tozer:
We can hold a correct view of the truth only by daring to believe everything that God has said about Himself 1There's no way around having faith in God than subjecting ourselves willingly to His word: “...faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(Romans 10:17). That's a spot on road map to faith in God---the word. In whatever circumstance we find ourselves, we can count on God's word. In the word, we have a sure word of prophecy which will not fail. In the word, we have “ an anchor... both sure and stedfast...“ (Hebrews 6:19).
1 Tozer, A.W, Knowledge of The Holy ( James Clarke and Co Ltd, United Kingdom), 86