Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Those Who Believe
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
One chapter in the Bible , above all others, extols God’s faithful servants.
By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death
By faith Noah warned about what was not yet seen , with reverence built an ark
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance
These are some of the heroes in the Hall of Faith. Others are Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prohets and many more.
In Hebrews 11:1 we find the definition of faith:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.
Today we’ll focus on one man of faith – Enoch
In verses 5-6 we read. “Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God, But with out faith it is impossible to please him.”
Enoch pleased God.
In Revelation 4:11 carefully read the words ‘and by your will they were created’
God created us to bring Him pleasure. Therefore we realize that Enoch had so enraptured God that God took him up to heaven.
If you are still wondering why on earth you are here – This is the answer.
We are called to please God.
In Genesis 5:18-24 we find details concerning Enoch.
Enoch was the the son of Jared who lived 962 years.
When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. And he had other sons and daughters. He lived 365 years , he walked with God, and he was no longer here, for God took him.
He walked with God and that is what God calls each of us to do.
2 Corinthians 5:7 says ‘For we walk by faith not by sight.’
In Hebrews 11:6 God tells us something very important about faith while he is on the subject of Enoch. Faith is a necessity in the life that pleases God.
We must believe that God exists
We must believe that God lives
We must believe that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek HIM.
We must base our faith on who God is, rather than what He does.
Faith in what God does is a roller coaster faith that barrels down the hill the moment God seems inactive.
In Isaiah 55:8-9 we are told that His thoughts are not our thoughts nor are His ways our ways.
When prayers are unanswered, the roller coaster faith is saying if God is not obvious, then obviously He is not God.
Genuine faith walks steadfastly with God for the pleasure of His company not for His results. Our entire lives are full of changes, but He will never change. God is our guarantee. His faithfulness flows from who He is.
When we cannot understand the things that happen in our lives, remember that His heart is loving, good and faithful. Some how, some way, all these things are for good.
Faith based on who God is frees Him completely to show us what He can do. Right motives invite real miracles.
Tomorrow we will study faith in action.
‘On Ya’ - ma