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Living by faith

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Hebrews 11:6-9 It is the life of faith that will sustain one’s life in Christ. The Christian life was started by having faith in God in what He has done on your behalf on the cross. And as the apostle Peter told Christians going through trials in life, he reminded them that because of their faith in God to “make every effort to respond to God’s promises” (2 Peter 1:4). This is also what the writer of Hebrews alluded to that “it is impossible to please God without faith.” God expects His children to trust God and that when He requires them to adjust to His plans that they will be willing to do so. The writer of Hebrews in Chapter 11 cited people and provided a list of actions that these people took because they trusted God. Though they do not know the outcome of their decisions to believe God, one thing they were sure of was that God will be with them. They hold on to the promise that God will never leave them. “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). This trust manifested in one’s exercise of faith means that no matter what tomorrow brings a child of God will not doubt God’s love for His love does not change. “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). Instead of being overcome with anxiety, the child of God will bring his or her petitions to God. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6). Instead of justifying your lack of faith why not ask God to increase your faith. This is what the apostles asked Jesus after they realized that they do not yet have the capacity to follow God completely. “The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith” (Luke 17:6). Do not allow your excuses prevail when you are starting to doubt God’s promises and say to Him, “I’m just a worrier!” Or when crisis comes you become bitter and reason out that nothing good could come out with what you are dealing. Or at times will tell God and others to pray for you yet you find yourself not waiting for God to act instead you went ahead and followed your own personal desires. Faithlessness is disobedience to God. When faith prevails your “weakness will turn to strength” (Hebrews 11:34).


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