Faith That Pleases God (Hebrews 11:6)
Hebrews 11:6, But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The importance of walking by faith in the Lord is a paramount principle of the Christian life. When the Lord saved us, He also gave us a will or purpose for our lives. This is why it is so vital that we walk with the Lord every day. Often God asks us to take a step of faith before He shows us what He is up to. He did this with Abraham in Genesis 12. When the Lord told Abraham to leave in Genesis 12:1, he obeyed the LORD. Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him in Genesis 12:4. Abraham was just told to get up and get out and then God would reveal which direction he was to take. That’s faith according to II Corinthians 5:7, (For we walk by faith, not by sight:). The majority of the time people want the whole plan revealed or laid out before them before they will even consider packing to move.
Galatians 3:11, But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11 is actually a quote from Habakkuk 2:4. Habakkuk 2:4, Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Paul also quoted Romans 1:17, For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. The importance of this statement is revealed through its repetition.
Hebrews 10:38, Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Faith is a fundamental of the Christian life. Galatians 3:11 makes it clear that living by faith is a righteous thing. God wants us to live by faith. Hebrews 11:6, But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 makes it clear that it is impossible to please God without faith. This verse points out two paramount principles of what faith is. First, faith is believing that God is—that He exists, and that He is who the Scriptures say He is. Second, faith is trusting that God rewards those who seek Him. When we understand this, we will want to involve Him in every area of our lives. Romans 14:23 shows us the flip side of faith. Romans 14:23, And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Whenever we fail to exercise our faith the end always results in negativity. The outcome is loneliness, disobedience, worry, guilt, etc.
To diligently seek the LORD, Jesus tells us to:
The person who needs something and lives on their face in prayer before God (asking, seeking, and knocking) will experience God answering their need. They will be encouraged to trust God, to seek and knock even more and more.
A person who has genuine faith in God will be:
Trusting in God brings blessing, while trusting in man brings curse. Sooner or later man will always disappoint us and let us down. God is not that way. Trusting in man is like being a bush in the desert—dependent on inconsistent rain to have our needs met. Trusting in God is like being a tree planted by a continual source of water. Psalm 1:3, And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Those who live by faith will enrich the community they have been entrusted with. It is not enough to experience blessings handed down, but we must add to it. The place where you live can either become worse, remain as it is, or become better; it depends on your faith and work.
POINT TO PONDER:
If we are to experience the life God has for us, it will be only by faith and that means trusting Him step by step.
The LORD cares for you and He desires that we believe in His existence.
He wants a personal and infinite relationship with us, this can only happen through faith in His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
In what areas of my life am I intentionally exercising the faith that pleases God?
In what ways are you honoring the Lord with your life?
Would you be willing to diligently pursue a deeper relationship with God and passionately desire His presence, power and purpose in your life?
PRAYER: Father, thank You for the gift of faith that You give, that I can then use to trust You to do all the things that I could never do for myself, but need to have done! Guard me from thinking that anything in me could please You apart from faith. You even provide that! And thank You for Your amazing grace toward me, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.