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::Devotional:: ‘Why do I need Faith?’

January 15, 2010

Have you ever noticed that students tend to ignore any information that is “not going to be on the test?”  I know I did that several times as a student in high school, did you?  Why is that?  Well, I believe the truthful answer is that in such cases a student sees the value of the information only in light of the test.  In other words, certain information only has value because it will be on the test, all other information is worthless.  How wrong that is huh?  Sometimes I think that mentality transcends into our Christian lives and subsequently bring us to a point of discarding information simply because we believe it has no value to us.  We believe it won’t be “on the test.”  One thing I can guarantee will be on the test, and tested daily, will be FAITH.

Why do I need Faith?

This week we have been looking at Faith.  What is it?  Where does it come from? Why do I need it?  Mainly because I’m reminding myself of the truths in the scriptures surrounding the topic of faith so that I can live mine out.  I need to remind myself of the security of acting in faith and the power of God experienced through faith so that I will make more decisions based on faith.  Make sense?

Without Faith – it’s impossible to please God

I believe after salvation, ever Christian should have their sites set on bringing glory to God through their lives and becoming more like Jesus each day.  Paul calls it our “reasonable act of worship” in Romans 12:1.  Having said that, faith is the critical component for reaching those goals.  In fact, without faith those things can’t be done.  Moreover, without faith it isn’t even possible to please God.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

Faith is believing that God exists and that he rewards those who seek hard after him.  That is an absolute necessity for any Christian wouldn’t you say?

With Faith – I am at peace with God

God is holy, mankind is sinful, and that which is holy can’t come into contact with that which is sinful.  In fact, God’s response to sin is to destroy it.  The Bible says that before I was saved I was an object (target) of God’s wrath.  I stood accused in the eternal courtroom guilty of my own sins and God, seated as the judge, prepared to deliver my punishment sentence in accordance with the law.  I was not at peace with God.

But, when I accepted Jesus as Lord and savior he became my advocate and pleaded my case.  He justified me before God and I was declared not guilty.  That justification came through faith.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  Romans 5:1-2

Not only did I need faith to obtain a peace with God, I needed it to gain access to his amazing grace.

With Faith – Amazing things can happen

The scriptures are full of examples of faith leading to amazing miracles and events for those who believed.

  • By Faith
    • Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than Cain did
    • Abel was commended as righteous man
    • God still speaks well of Abel’s offerings even though he is dead
    • Enoch was taken from this life and did not experience death because he pleased God
    • Noah built an ark in holy fear to save his family
    • Noah became the heir of righteousness
    • Abraham was obedient to God and went where he was called, living as a stranger in the promised land
    • Abraham and his barren wife Sarah had a son well into their years
    • Abraham offered his son as a potential sacrifice to God
    • Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future
    • Jacob blessed Joseph’s sons
    • Joseph spoke about his bones after death
    • Moses’ parents hid him from the king’s decree to kill all of the 1st born Hebrew males
    • Moses chose to be mistreated as a Hebrew rather than uplifted as the son of Pharoah’s daughter
    • Mose left Egypt with no fear of Pharoah’s anger
    • Moses kept the passover
    • Moses lead the nation of Israel through the Red Sea on dry land
    • The walls of Jericho fell before the nation Israel and Joshua
    • Rahab was spared death

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37They were stoned[f]; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.  39These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.  Hebrews 11:32-40

Faith is a neccesity of the Christian life.  It is an absolute beginning.   Faith that is tested is a faith that grows and a faith that grows is a faith that is rewarded.  Have hope in what God has revealed to us about himself through his word and have faith to act upon it today.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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