Mar 19, 2015
Acquiring Great Faith
Read | Hebrews 11:17-19
I've had people tell me, “I wish I had great faith.” While most of us would like God to just drop that kind of con-fidence into our laps, it’s not the way He operates. Faith increases as a result of our obedience in little things. We all marvel at Abraham’s willingness to offer up Isaac at the Lord’s command. But have you ever stopped to consider all of his smaller steps of submission that prepared the way for this enormous test?
Throughout his lifetime, Abraham obeyed God. At the Lord’s command, he left his country (Gen. 12:1-4), was circumcised (17:10, 26), conceived Isaac when he and his wife were old (21:1-3), and sent his son Ishmael away (vv. 9-14). By the time he was asked to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, he already knew that God would always be faithful to His promises. Abraham’s previous experiences had taught him to trust the Lord.
In the same way, each small step of obedience solidifies our confidence in God. Then, when He challenges us with a more difficult assignment, a firm foundation of assurance enables us to trust and obey. Great acts of faith flow from our past interactions with the Lord. By neglecting His simple commands, we miss priceless opportunities to witness His faithfulness.
Having trouble trusting the Lord for something big? Maybe it’s because you've ignored those “small” and “insignificant” promptings of the Holy Spirit. God considers each of His commands important and promises to reward every act of obedience, regardless of size. Great faith begins with little steps.
If the Bible was all a lie then as Christians we would simply walk away. However, God radically transforms our minds cementing the truth of His glorious word and transforming power. Jesus Christ is no joke, trust and obey your Creator for true joy and happiness in this life and for all of eternity.
A born again Christian became that way through humility; a recognition of their depravity and need for Christ; death to self as Jesus died for us. A deep belief stemming from the heart, not some whimsical profession or one time prayer. This all results in a radically transformed lifestyle with God the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you.
A great working on God's part, a miracle, but sadly so many would rather cling to their spiritually dead lives headed to total unending destruction in Hell for all of eternity. Life is serious business; a gracious, precious gift from God.
"Good people" don't get to Heaven, only saved ones do. Are you saved from your sins by true faith in Jesus Christ?