Friday, September 3, 2010

Believe That He Is

              The scripture Hebrews 11:3-6 quoted below tells us a lot.  First, we see the reiteration that God created the worlds, and it wasn’t done with an arbitrary “Big Bang.”  If there was a “Big Bang,” God created it and directed the action.   I don’t know past the Biblical explanation how the universe was created, and for sure neither does anyone else.
              We then see a discussion of faith, now faith in God, not the lottery system.  Although Abel was murdered by his brother, he spoke from the ground through his blood to God.  Then we see Enoch.  Because of his great faith, he was translated up to walk with God.  Enoch pleased God.
              All these verses talk about faith, faith in God, faith about God, and faith of God.  The problem we see is that without faith in God, we cannot please God.  Most who read this will claim God, and most who hear the message of the Gospel have already claimed Him.  Yet, if we as a people who are called by His name:

(2 Chronicles 7:14)  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

will (or shall) “humble themselves.”  Maybe this is our problem.  We, in our pride want to have the faith that, “I can do it by myself.”  It is our pride and our stubbornness, which keeps us from God.  (Of course, maybe you have humbled yourselves, or maybe it is we are not praying and seeking His face in faith.)  
              If we do not believe that He is a rewarder, how do we expect to hear from Him?  We are told it is those who diligently seek Him; not with a faint heart, not with doubt in our minds, but a heart that loves the Lord Jesus, and believes through Him nothing is impossible.

(Deuteronomy 6:5)  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

              Do you love Him with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might?  If not that may be your answer as to why God’s blessings (rewards) have not passed your way like you think they should.  If you do not have the faith, you may need to look at your heart.  Maybe you have an overriding pride, a doubt or two, or a sin that is holding you away from God.  If after giving yourself an honest check-up, then talk to God and ask for the forgiveness you need.  Then repent, and stay right with God.

Bro John R. E Chastain

(Hebrews 11:3-6  KJB)  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6But 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.

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