Posted by Joseph Iwaye on Monday, May 7, 2012 Under: Christian Devotions
Read: Hebrew 11:1-10
Christian Devotions Memory Verse
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Heb. 11:6 ESV)
It is easy to say I believe in God but when the turbulent winds of life comes, the reality of that statement is laid bare. Many of us who claim to know God these days are actually far from Him because we do not have faith that can please man let alone God. We believed so much on what we see in this physical world but doubted the spiritual. God expects every one of us to walk in faith and be perfect. When God called Abraham to walk before Him and be perfect (Genesis 17:1), I strongly believe that God was actually saying to Abraham that he should make his faith perfect so that he would not fail the test that will come latter. If Abraham’s faith in God had been like the faith of most of us today, I’m sure He would have failed that test.
Our memory verse today tells us that without faith we cannot please God. Yes indeed we can’t please God except we believe in the potency of his power, his faithfulness, his Almightiness, and the truthfulness of his words. For us to be perfect in our walk with God, our faith must rest on the reality of the promise in His word (word of God). One of the reasons why we cannot please God if we are faithless is because without faith we cannot offer an acceptable service unto Him (Heb. 11:4). That was the problem that Cain had from the beginning and that same problem further degenerated to murder.
Another reason why a faithless fellow cannot please God rest on the fact that faithlessness brings disobedience. Those who have faith in God will strive to obey him at all cost but for those who have no faith will ignore Him. Abel, Noah, Abraham and many others in the scripture obeyed without hesitation because they have faith. Jesus laid down His life in obedience to his father not because it was easy to do. Saul on the other hand disobeyed God because he believed he was wiser than God by sacrificing unto him with the fruit of disobedience – He paid for it dearly (1Samul 15:16-23). Cain offered a shoddy sacrifice to God because he can’t really see what God need the sacrifice for. This is a lesson for us; whenever we are giving our offering to God, let us learn to give it cheerfully like Abel.
It is essential that we walk with God in perfect faith. God can achieve everything he says in his word, so let’s believe him and his word. Whenever the evil wind of this world is blowing and it seems that we cannot withstand it, let’s call on him that can still every storm – His name is Jesus (). We can see from our reading today how the people of God of old got their victory through faith, we too are born to be victorious because we serve the same God. The bible says
“God For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6 KJV).
God of yesterday is still the same God of today. What he did in the days of Moses He can still do it today therefore let’s cast away fear and begin to walk in faith. We Christians are Children of a great king, we should therefore live like one, we should learn to walk as a child of the kingdom and God will honour our faith.
Christian Devotions Prayer Point
Father, please give me the grace to always walk faith. Let me dwell in your perfect love and let it cast away every fear from my life in Jesus name. (Amen)
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