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 (Hebrews 11:6, King James Version).
God is a Spirit — a Being that’s invisible to the natural/physical eyes. So it takes faith to walk/relate with such a supernatural personality. And without faith, as He declares in His Word, it’s impossible to please Him. May God unravel this mystery about faith to us, and give us the grace to live a life of faith so as to please Him and receive the rewards in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Abraham: Now the Lord had said unto Abram, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee”(Gen 12:1). Abraham needed faith to act as God instructed, if the promise (that eventually came to pass) was to be fulfilled over him and his descendants. His faith even made the coming of Christ a reality, (Gal 3:13-14, Rom 4:18-22).
Promised Land: And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them, (Num 13:1-2). Ten out of 12 spies sent to search the land brought evil report that prevented them and their own generation from entering the land of promise. Their evil report and lack of faith made God turn each day of the 40 days of searching out the land, a year, making Israel spend 40 years in the wilderness so God could bring His judgment of destruction upon their own generation and making sure none of them entered the promised land, (Num 14:33-35). Only 2 out of the 12, who had faith they could posses the land – though there were giants in the land – made the possession of the land a reality. They lived while the 40 years lasted and entered their rest. But the 10 and their entire generation died in the wilderness (Num 14:38).
Important Points To Note about Faith Faith, according to Heb 11:1, is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. That is, you believe that what you desire is already done. Faith activates what is in the supernatural to become a reality in the natural. Faith makes the supernatural natural
Faith is a risk. It is a safe-risk. The account of the four lepers in the book of 2 kings 7:1-8 has proved it to be true. Faith is taking risk for the sake of destiny-fulfillment and for the sake of Kingdom Business. When you fail to take risks, your life will always be at risk - in danger (insecure risk).
Each step of faith taken makes you bolder in life. The account of the clash between David and the Philistine giant - Goliath - is a vivid example. Each step of confession David made that God would give him the head of Goliath made him become bolder in defeating that ‘uncircumcised’ Philistine (1 Samuel 17:20-51; Proverbs 28:1).
Faith simply means to have a lot of God’s Word in you. It equals the revealed Word from God. The more of the Word you have within you, and the more of the confession of them you make, that is faith being put to work, (Romans 10:17).
There is a Law of Faith that justifies us as Christians (Romans 3:27-28). The law of faith works by what you believe. A law is an established principle. Natural laws can be amended; God’s law of faith is not subject to any human amendment(s). You can’t amend the written Law - the Word of God, which is faith on printed pages. Can you amend the judgment pronounced on Satan already in the Law? It’s not possible. The same thing applies to all other parts of the written Law. God’s promise is that you will prosper in health, in the soul, in the spirit and in all other ramifications (3 John 2). Can Satan or any government of the world adjust it? Impossible! It’s settled forever (Psalm 119:89).
Faith gives you authority by virtue of what you believe and confess. When you release God’s Word, and they come to pass, that is authority at your disposal, (Matthew 12:37-42).
Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. It’s not possible for you live a life of faith if you are not born again (having Jesus in your life). God’s Word which is the spiritual law of faith is Jesus Christ personified (John 1:1-4, Hebrews 12:2). But you can have faith to be saved, healed, delivered etc only when you hear God’s Word. Hearing the Word first is the foundation for your faith-life.
Faith works by love. It is empowered by love (Galatians 5:6). For your faith to be result-oriented, you must love. Love is the battery of your faith. Living a life of love towards God and your neighbour charges this battery of faith (Matthew 24:12, Proverbs 28:1). The fuller your battery (love) is, the brighter the rechargeable lantern (faith) flashes. And love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5).
Faith is a way of life (Romans 1:17). As a Christian, note that Christianity is a way of life. And it is based on faith. It is not a situation whereby you have faith today for a particular miracle, and you relax after receiving the miracle, saying, ‘After all I’ve got the needed miracle’. That’s not Christianity, brethren. This is a language of a miracle-seeker, not that of a God-seeker. Faith is your spiritual breath, which keeps you alive spiritually.
Faith is our spiritual shield to quench all the fiery darts of the devil, (Ephesians 6:16, 1 John 5:4-5). You can only overcome the storms of life by faith. Storms of life are inevitable but are conquerable (Psalm 34:19). Because you’re a Christian soldier (2 Timothy 2:3-4), so you need a shield — and faith is it!
There is a gift of faith (1 Cor 12:9). This is among the gifts of the Spirit. And it is categorized as a power gift.
God’s Word is a Word of faith, (Rom 10.8).
Faith gives God permission to act on your behalf (1 Samuel 17:20-51).
Faith can grow (Luke 17:5). It is like a mustard seed that grows and becomes a mighty tree
It takes faith to obey God (Gen 22:1-3). Abraham obeyed God by faith even though he didn’t know where he was going as instructed by God.
You may never enter into your glory until you demonstrate faith towards God, (Joshua 5:5-7; Num 13:26-29).
Anything not of faith is sin (Rom 14:23).
We believers always come in the unity of faith each time we gather. And at Rapture we will all come in the unity of the faith (Eph 4:13).
We have faith as a fruit of the Spirit, (Gal 5:22).
There is the common faith, (Titus 1:4), the spirit of faith, (2 Cor 4:13) and precious faith, (2 Peter 1:1). All Christians have these.
Conclusion: Faith is a mystery; we cannot reason it out! We need it to please God and receive rewards – both earthly and eternal rewards.