Sunday Morning Podcast Oct 7, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: 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.
Faith is necessary to please God. And if it is applied, there is a reward for those who diligently seek to please Him! The proof that we have faith, will be found if our foundation is in God. It matters how we live in this life. It is only a life that demonstrates active faith in God, that will bring true happiness. All of us have a great need for happiness. So what happens if faith needs to be rebuilt? For it is necessary to rebuild faith, …if we’ve become weak. Simply put, ..let God have His way. Let faith be active, or become a verb in your heart. How? By pressing against all opposition to it! 8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. ” James 4 It is not really hard to draw close to God, if that is the ‘motive’ of your heart. But you must have “clean hands.” 3“Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.“ Psalms 24 These passages describe an active faith. A faith proven by our actions or works to please God! If it’s hard to please God for you, what has been the motivations of your daily actions and thoughts?
So many distractions come in many forms within our everyday life, to weaken faith. To keep or rebuild faith, we must ignore them. It definitely won’t be easy. But if we draw nigh to God, He will draw nigh to you, and help! If I have a genuine desire to please God, those distractions will not succeed in pulling me away from Him. Our ability to draw nigh to God will be made possible only through prayer. Are you seriously getting and seeing the value of prayer? For there most definitely will be opposition to our faith. How to rebuild faith? Pray! And, pray again! Pray all day! (“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17) That’s how you draw nigh, or move closer to God! If you’re weak, examine your prayer life. Feast on God’s Word. 1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation’ whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 14 Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalms 27 The effort to rebuild a weak faith, is worth it for eternity. For God has a book of life where our name is written down, if we have a faith that pleases Him by how we live.