Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Faith

"And 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 seek Him," (Hebrews 11:6).

* Having declared the impossibility of pleasing God without faith, the writer outlines three elemental steps to exercising our faith:
(a) Come to God (but how often do we doubt His care?)
(b) Believe that He is there (yet so often we base His presence on our feelings).
(c) Take Him at His word, believing He is trustworthy.

* Faith is only as valid as its object. Regardless of sincerity or zeal, if we place our faith in a faulty object, that trust is futile.
The faith that pleases our Lord acknowledges total dependence upon Him, affirms His eternal existence and presence, and takes Him at His word.
Why is such faith secure? Because He is trustworthy!

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