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Day One: Faith in God

Filed under: Pray & Fast — Pastor David Jan 8, 2017 @ 7:57 am

Heb 11:6 “Without faith it is impossible to please God…”

Faith is all important in our lives, for the righteous person shall LIVE by FAITH (Rom. 1:17). Every move we make and every thought we have must be done in faith. But what is faith? What does faith mean?

Simply put,  it is “trust and confidence in someone and some thing”. Trust in their character and words, confidence in the promises they make and confidence in the follow- through to fulfill those promises both in their ability to do…and their willingness to do…what they have said.

Faith has three parts;

1. Faith in God, 2. Faith in yourself, and 3. Faith in others. Tie the three together, and you have a faith that can move mountains and accomplish the impossible!  All three are vital and all three accompany real faith. Leave one part out and it falls apart!  This could be the reason if you find that your faith has not grown or has disappointed you. Your faith is incomplete. Want to learn more?

Faith in God is where all faith truly starts. Is He reliable, trustworthy, and faithful? Titus 1:2 tells us that God cannot lie. This is His character. It states it even more emphatically, “it is impossible for God to lie.” Wow! Is this true? The Bible holds over 7000 promises for us. These promises are spoken by God who cannot lie, more, it is impossible for Him to lie. 2 Cor 1:20 boldly states “for as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are YES…” another wow!

Faith expands as we learn who God is and what God has promised to do. He is the Great I AM!  i.e. He is who He says He is, He can do what He says He can do. His character is trustworthy in every way!  All that is revealed about God is based on His reliable nature. This is repeated thousands of times throughout the Bible. Do you trust the Bible?

If you have doubts about the Bible, start your journey there and settle those questions first.

Once you have faith in the Bible as God’s gift and revelation of Himself, then take the next step in getting to know who He is. He is love and truth, He is faithful and compassionate, He is pure and holy, He is sinless and without imperfection, He is unchangeable and sovereign, He is all knowing, all powerful, and everywhere present. He is the MOST HIGH in every quality. He is the Highest, greatest, strongest, wisest, and in every way the Superior One.  This is just the beginning of what the Bible tells us about God. So reflect on these qualities today as you express your love and adoration of Who He is.

What has He promised us? Matt 7:7 asserts, “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” Who said this? Jesus, our King and Friend. Is this promise true?

It comes down to this…

Is God willing and able to fulfill His promises? One man asked Jesus to heal him of leprosy. ‘Lord if you are willing you can make me clean.” Jesus responded, “I am willing.” (Matt. 8:1-3). What happened? He was cured, his prayer was answered. Here is the issue, we must know God’s will. There is much in the Bible about His will and what He wants for us. As we grow and mature in our faith, we learn His already stated will in the Bible and His specifically stated will in prayer. If God declares, “I am not willing” (and on occasion He is not willing) I have learned it means that we are part of something greater and better that He wants to do in and through us. God wants the best for us in every case, for God is good! It is important and vital that we learn to trust His bigger purpose for a greater story.

Faith starts here… will you trust God? Our faith must grow and grow and grow (1 Thess 1:3 and 2 Thess 1:3). Today ask for greater faith in God (Luke 17:5)!

Our Father,

I want my faith to grow. Please increase my confidence in You, Your Word, and Your heart. You have promised to guide me, teach me, and transform me. Do it in me today. May You become greater in every way starting today and each day of this new year. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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