If I ask the question who wants to please the Lord, I am sure everyone will raise their hands. Then the follow up response would be, “How do you please Him?” Well there are many ways to please our Lord but one of the key ways is by having faith. The bible declares in:
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 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.
You can be praying and fasting, loving your neighbors and enemies, giving to the poor or a host of other good things that God said we must do. But if you are not applying faith in your life then I can tell you with great certainty that God is not as pleased as you think He is.
Now, the first thing I would like to underscore is that we MUST get faith. Getting faith is not only to please God but also for us to become more righteous. This is what Abraham the Father of our faith did to become righteous (James 2:23, Galatians 3:6, Romans 4:9, Genesis 15:6).
Romans 4:33 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
So, question time again. How much faith do you have? Or seeing that faith leads to righteousness, how much righteousness do you have? These questions should trigger you to reflect on what is lacking in your faith.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV-WS) 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
I am sure in one way or another all of us are lacking in our faith and in need of an increased supply. Where can you get this increased supply you ask. Well, you can top-up your faith in two ways:
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Firstly, you have to spend more time reading and studying God’s word. When last did you spend hours in God’s word? Have you ever spent hours in God’s word? If your response to any of these questions is unsatisfactory then you have your answer as to why your faith and ability to please God isn’t where you want it to be. Get in God’s word daily and start positioning yourself to grow your faith.
The second thing which can help you fill the void in your faith is having a desire and willingness to actually have faith. Abraham not only had faith but he, “Hoped against Hope” (Romans 4:18) in a determined way:
Romans 4:19-21 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
When we look at some of the words which I highlighted in bold above we can clearly see that Abraham was truly a righteous man because his faith was strong and not lacking. Today I embolden you to use the same courage and approach as Father Abraham to amplify and put your faith into action.
- Choose not to be weak in Faith. Yes, it is a choice.
- Consider not the situations you see around you. Keep your eyes on God’s word more than the situation.
- Don’t let unbelief kill the promises of God. Every letter of God’s word is true.
- Don’t fall short by being 99% persuaded but make up your mind to be FULLY persuaded.
- Rest assured that God can deliver on his promises.
In closing, I just want to say, don’t give up on our God, because he wouldn’t give up on you!
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Author
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