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::Devotional:: ‘The Lord Expects Our Faith’

July 28, 2010

If you’ve made that first step and accepted God’s free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, do you also have the faith to follow him for the rest of your life?  The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith and that should carry into our lives as Christians so that we can live by grace through faith as well.  The Lord expects our faith in salvation and beyond.

If I were to tell you that I believed watermelons were bad for our health yet you saw me eating watermelons, how concrete would my belief be?  Not very, right?  It only makes sense that if I believed watermelons were bad for us I’d never eat one.  That’s because a belief without action is empty.  It’s meaningless and foolish.  It doesn’t make sense.  But, a belief with action is faith and that’s why the Lord expects it from us.

Our lives as Christians should make sense.  Our beliefs should stem from the word of God and lead to visible and often tangible actions in our lives.  Our faith should be on display.

True faith is not passive but active. It requires that we meet certain conditions, that we allow the teachings of Christ to dominate our total lives from the moment we believe. The man of saving faith must be willing to be different from others. The effort to enjoy the benefits of redemption while enmeshed in the world is futile. We must choose one or the other; and faith quickly makes its choice, one from which there is no retreat.  A.W. Tozer

Let me share three passages of scripture with you this morning that help to keep me on track with this expectation of faith.

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

As a born again believer, someone who names the name of Jesus Christ as their savior, there should be a desire within us to please God.  If not, the reality is we probably weren’t really saved to begin with.  Thankfully the Lord is not willing that any should perish and should someone discover they truly don’t have that desire, salvation is only a prayer away.  What does it take, out of all things that exist in creation, to please God?  Faith.  Believing that he exists and rewards those who work hard following after him.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

When I sit down each morning to read and study my Bible, I have faith in what is written on those pages.  I am sure that what is promised will come to pass and I am certain of activities I can’t see.  I think the real miracle of faith is that it isn’t something I can muster up within myself.  I can’t generate it on my own.  Faith is something that is generated by the holy spirit that dwells within us according to the word of God.

it is God who woks in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.  Philippians 2:13

The Lord expects our faith.  Do you desire to please God?  Then build your beliefs from his word and act upon your beliefs.  That is faith and faith is what pleases God.  Place your hope in what he says and be certain of what he’s doing.  That is faith and faith is what pleases God.  Be obedient to the word of the Lord and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  That is faith and faith is what pleases God.

The Lord expects our faith because it is pleasing to him.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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