Exercising faith that provides great testimony
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. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. Hebrews 11:7-10
People always exercise their faith in different ways. The question is not, “Do I have faith,” but rather “Who is the focus of my faith.” Hebrews 11 provided a description of what faith is all about. Faith provides confidence even when things or events have not come yet. This is the case because believers in God place their confidence in Him and anticipates a better future based on His promises. When Noah was told by God to build an ark for there will be flooding that will take place, he took the warning seriously (Genesis 6-9). People just scoffed at him when he told them about the coming judgment. He took God at His word and building the ark proved that his faith is focused on God. When Abraham was called by God to live his home and will be led by God to a place he did not know, he just obeyed. All he knew was that God will always be true to His word. His faith influenced Isaac and Jacob that they too held on to the promises of God. There are those that will place their trust in the Lord while others would rather trust themselves or others. Some place their trust in their wealth, relationships, government, or accomplishments. Once we get our focus on one thing, we become absorbed in holding on to that object. So, what then is the object of your faith? Your attitudes and behaviors are the reflection of what you believe. This means that if the object of your faith is God, it will be manifested in your actions. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). If you perceived God as someone who is detached, in some far-off place and will not be bothered to listen to your prayers, then your day-to-day walk of faith will show that kind of belief. You will less likely come to Him in prayer. Life lived this way will result in frustrations and defeat. On the other hand, if you believe that God is right beside you who is at work, pouring out His love, and that He knows you well because of your personal relationship with Him then such faith in Him will greatly impact your daily living. How you live out your faith is a testimony of the God you worship and surrendered your life with.
Noel De Guzman www.my-wbc.com
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