“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
There is much talk about faith these days. Most of the televangelists emphasize how that it takes “faith” to get from God those things you desire. They constantly affirm that faith moves God to action to provide these things you ask for. While there is an element of truth to this talk, it is also a very dangerous teaching. Why? Because it could well cause people to view God as a “Santa Claus” type individual who has a bag of gifts to hand out to those asking. Of course, the requirement is that you must show God your faith, by your generous love offering to that particular ministry. Is that really faith, or is that simply an attempt to negotiate a deal with God? Oh, it is true that Bible principles or Scriptural stories are often referred to...so it sounds right, and unlearned people are often sucked into a vacuum of hoping for their piece of the pie—now!
Folks, we need faith as Christians to do the work of God and to please Him in our every day relationship with Him. The Word of God is the source wherewith our faith comes and grows (Romans 10:17). We must understand the relationships of “pleasing God” and “believing God.” “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). Abraham also had faith that God would do the impossible, i.e., give him a son in his old age (Hebrews 11:11,12). Faith is not scheming or bargaining with God for your personal gain, but for the glory of God. Faith will please God and He responds positively when He is pleased.
Faith is an action word. It is energetic, not passive. When we increase our faith through our belief of God’s Word, God expects to see results. No, I am not referring to working for our salvation, but if there is “saving faith” (Ephesians 2:8-9), then the obvious outgrowth is “serving faith” (Hebrews 11:7). Faith may be tested from time to time and even attempts to sabotage our faith may come from the devil.
Do we have the faith to see our ministry move forward for God’s glory? Can God do the impossible? God does give us opportunities and yet, He expects us to nurture our faith by exploring what is best done to glorify Him. Without faith, we cannot please God and we cannot serve Him. When Jesus said, “There is a mountain out there, move it and claim it,” He provided the needed resources and machinery to get the job done.
Folks, let us not doubt God. Let’s believe Him in the areas of this ministry. Without faith it is impossible to please him (Hebrews 11:6). Have faith in God.
Pastor H. Preston Parker