Monday, September 30, 2013
Better than faith!
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) 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 chapter 11 gives us a list of Old Testament believers that had faith to move mountains. The list includes famous people such as Noah, Abraham, and Moses---to name a few.
I recently noticed the list does not include any disciples. It seems they were not included because they did not possess faith like Abraham. In fact, Jesus told the disciple Peter he had little faith, even though he just walked on water (1).
The disciples did not have that kind of faith; nor do I. I thank God that I do not have to.
The verse at the top says, "without faith it is impossible to please God." For many years I diligently faced problems in life never seeing victory. I tried to have faith on my own ability. I thought I had to to please God with faith to win the battles. I had a misunderstanding of Hebrews 11.
If I had to face challenges like Noah, Abraham, or Moses in my own faith, I would have failed.
The Bible says in Hebrews 11:40, "God having provided something better for us, that they [The people of faith] should not be made perfect apart from us." This says we have something better than faith. These faith-warriors received the benefits of faith. They had it---I do not. They do not receive the benefits apart from me; I still win because God provided something better.
So what is something better?
Something better is Jesus. Our verse at the top does not say we need to have the faith of Abraham. It says we only need to believe that Jesus is who the Bible says He is, and that He desires to reward us for believing in Him. Nothing else; believe in Him and that He wants to do good things for us.
I no longer look at my problems. I remind myself Jesus loves me and will take care of my problems for me. I do not have faith to move mountains, but Jesus does.
Sometimes I face a challenge beyond my level of faith. I remind myself of times past, when He proved to me; He is God and He loves me. That is all the faith I need.
(1) Matthew 14:29-31, So He [Jesus] said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
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