“It Cannot Be Separated”

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Hebrews 11:6, “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.”

        I just want to offer a few simple thoughts to ponder today about Hebrews 11:6 while thinking about living life. I’ve heard, as I know you have, so much talk about the presidential election that is coming up this November. I’ve heard comments about how one’s personal faith plays a role in voting; while others share their opinion about how their faith can somehow be segmented into a box by itself and now really have any effect on their decision to vote. This is an extremely difficult concept for me to grab a hold of. It’s not difficult intellectually, but it is hard to swallow spiritually.

May I say this, as a child of God I am not able to separate my faith from ANY part of my life. I cannot put my faith in a box, or upon a shelf and choose to ignore the principles and convictions which I take hold of out of the Bible and somehow ignore them in any part of my life including an election.

Now, this post is not about an election; however, it is about the faith that I have in the One and Only true God – the God of the Bible. ( God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – all One ).

As I look at this powerful verse in Hebrews 11 and verse 6, I clearly see three things that pound my heart of faith every time they’re read.

  First, I see that we must believe that God is God. This verse says, “He who comes to God must believe that He is.”. If our faith in God is going to be true living faith in God we have to believe God is God and He is who He says He is. Do you believe God is God? Do you believe He is who He is? I do! This is the very foundation of our faith.

    Second, I see that God wants us to seek Him. This verse says, “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”. So really there are two big things about this part of the verse. God wants us to seek Him with everything we have. We know that because the Bible uses the word “diligently”. And then we see that God rewards those who diligently seek Him. God seeks us, and God wants us to seek Him. It’s amazing how that shows us a continual involvement of fellowship between God and His creation.

     Third, these first two things are required to please God. Look at the first part of this verse, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.”. Our faith starts out with believing God is who He says He is. Once that foundation is established we are to diligently seek Him. These things are faith in action, and they build upon one another.

The point is, we cannot please God without faith. And what is faith that can be put in a box, placed on a shelf, segmented to one part of your life, only displayed when it’s convenient, or prejudiced to only those areas of your life where it’s comfortable to display? If our faith doesn’t mold and shape every part of our life then what good is it? It’s not real faith. Faith is like the train track that my life ( the train ) is running on. It must guide my every step, my every thought, and everything I do.

Real faith is what pleases God. So the question for you is this, “Are you living by faith?”.

 

Sincerely,

Pastor Bryan

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