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Faith Pleases God - Friday's Dose - April 12th 2013

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Friday's Dose -  April 12th 2013

Faith Pleases God

Today's Scripture

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. - Hebrews 11:6 NIV.

Thoughts for Today

The above verse reveals how our faith pleases God and moves Him to respond to us. Read through the Gospels and you'll see that almost every time Jesus healed or rescued someone, He told them, "Your faith has healed you." Or "Your faith has saved you." He pointed to their faith so that they would know that it was their belief in God that played a part in receiving their miracle. There are only two places in the Bible where we're told that Jesus was "amazed." One is in Luke 7:9, where Jesus heals a centurion's ailing servant. The Roman believed that the Master didn't even need to be present to heal the boy, and this so "amazed" Jesus that He said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." And in Mark 6:5-6, where the Savior is rejected by the people in His hometown, the Scripture says, "He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith." It's not that the Son of God was unable to perform miracles in Nazareth, but that He chose not to because of the people's unbelief. There's an important message here for all of us.

Consider this

The Bible has a lot to say about faith. Ephesians 2:8 says that we are "saved by grace through faith." So we know that our very salvation depends on faith.Scripture also tells us, "We live by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7) And "The righteous will live by faith." (Romans 1:17) So we know that we are to live our daily lives by faith in God. And though we're told in Ephesians 2:9 that our faith is a gift from God, the Bible also says that "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17) Therefore, our faith can be increased each time we study the Scriptures, listen to good preaching and teaching, or memorize a new verse. The more time we spend in God's Word, and the more we get to know Him personally, the more our faith will abound. But just hearing the Word isn't enough. Hebrews 4:2 warns us that God's Word will have "no value" to us if we don't "combine it with faith." And if our faith is genuine, it will produce righteous deeds. James states that "faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (James 2:17) Paul says it this way: "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." (Galatians 5:6) And how does the Bible define faith? It says that "[Faith] is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead." (Hebrews 11:1 TLB) My prayer for you today is that you may always have this kind of faith, and that you may receive all that God has in store for you!

Prayer: "Our Merciful and Loving Father, grant me the kind of great faith that pleases and "amazes" You. Give me a growing passion for Your Word and Your presence. Cause my faith to be genuine so that it may be expressed through love and produce good deeds. Thank You for helping me to receive all that You have for me! Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you.
Courtesy: Daily Dose Team 

1 comments:

Steve Finnell said...


Is it possible to seek the approval of men and be an effective servant of Christ? To go with the flow works well unless there is a waterfall at the end of the river. Then the ride can get a little bumpy.

Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

The apostle Paul said if I were "still" trying to please men. Obviously while Paul was a Pharisee he was trying to please men.
Do men today continue in their denominations to please friends and relatives?

John 12:42-43 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

Are there those today who know in their heart that Jesus was correct when He said "has been baptized shall be saved," but will not confess it because they fear being ostracized by church members, friends and relatives?


James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know the friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.


If we have friendship with the world, then we get their approval. Is that approval worth becoming an enemy of God?


Luke 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.


If all believers and the world speak well of you, do you think you might want to reconsider your life style, as well as your faith?


2 Timothy 4:2-3 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,


If men do not like what the Bible teaches, they will find people who will teach what meets their approval.


We sometimes think that speaking the truth in love means that we should water down the gospel, compromise the requirements for salvation, accept the sins of the world or simply offer excuses for sin.


CAN YOU SEEK THE APPROVAL OF MEN AND STILL SERVE CHRIST?

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