Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
We all wish to please God. Don’t you? Then you need faith, for without it you cannot please Him. Cannot. Impossible. Not possible. Got it yet?
We must believe that God is. You can’t see Him — although if you are a Christian, then you undoubtedly have experienced Him. But you cannot see Him. You must believe in God by faith. And by faith you (or at least most of you) believe that God is a rewarder of you — at least spiritually, right? God is good and He gives us good things.
Luke 11:11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?
Father God wants good for His children. He does not issue bad to you; He does not use cursed things to teach you. But more on that in a later post. He loves you. And He wants you to please Him — to love Him, to have faith in Him.
So how do we aquire this thing called faith?
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
This is where it starts. Faith comes by hearing; hearing comes by the word of God. We must delve into the Word if we expect to develop faith. If we do not spend time in the Word, then we should not expect God to give faith into our lives.
Luke 12:48b For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
God will give us some faith; much is required with it. When we use it and build it and develop our ability to deal with it, then God is pleased and He will give us more. Much is required at each step. With faith we are to please our Father in Heaven.
Remember that Jesus many times looked at the disciples and stated “Oh, ye of little faith!” These are Jesus’ right hand men. And they were more than once accused of having “little faith.” And we stand around and claim such wonderfully strong faith? Do you do this at all? We can test with scripture just how strong your faith is. See Mark 11:24; are you getting what you ask for? Always?
Probably not, eh? That’s ok, though. Only Jesus was perfect. You are told to work on having faith simply the size of the mustard seed. Just start out small. But …. start out. Have faith. God gave you faith to believe Him and accept your salvation. And when you pleased Him by accepting His offer, He would have raised the bar. And He would have given you the faith for the next step. What you do with it is up to you. Are you ready to step out of the boat?