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John 11:26 ” Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’ “

The Lord is asking you this same question today…”Do you believe this?” Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved?  Do you believe that He died for your sins that you may have eternal life?    Maybe you’ve never been confronted to make a decision for Jesus…or maybe you’ve been resisting the wooing of the Holy Spirit.  Either way, believing is a commitment of mind, body and spirit.  It’s the start of an intimate spiritual journey of faith, trust, and obedience.  The Lord is asking you today, “Do you believe?”

Romans 12:3 ” For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

Our Heavenly Father is both benevolent and altruistic when it comes to blessing us.  But we usually take that graciousness and turn it into prideful thinking.  “Look what gifts the Lord has given me!”    I Peter 4: 10-11 reminds us that we are to use those gifts to serve others, not flaunt them in front of people as trophies.  The Apostle Paul warns us here that’s it’s all about our state of mind when regarding our giftings… it’s all about gratitude, not attitude and humility, not vanity.

Hebrews 11: 1 ” Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

I encourage you to read the entire 11th Chapter of Hebrews, for in it you will read of many kinds and shades of faith.  Faith is an ongoing lifetime journey of trusting God.  It’s a way of life, not just a one time action done at conversion.  Our faith grows as we grow in Christ…confidence in Him is forged and built  every time we make the decision to trust Him.  But as you read through Chapter 11 you’ll see the different nuances of faith shown… there’s expanding and growing faith, there’s  beyond logic and reasoning faith, there’s sacrificial, persecuted, and impossible faith.  Our life of faith begins with an internal response, which leads to  faith-filled action.  From there, it’s a life based on God’s promises…not on circumstances.  Though, when you get to the end of this chapter you’ll read, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.”   Every person you read about here in Chapter 11 was praised for their faith, yet not one saw their promise fulfilled in their lifetime. Instead, they all persevered under pressure, never giving up, and always putting their confidence in their Lord.

Ephesians 6:13 ” So that when the day of evil comes…”

You’ve all heard, bad things happen to good people…and it’s not “if” but “when” trouble will come your way.  And just because you call yourself a Christian doesn’t mean you’ll somehow be insulated from the evil in this world.  For in your lifetime you will have sickness, setbacks, and loss…there’s no getting around it…for we all live in a very broken world.  But it’s how you react and face each trouble that will make all the difference.  With God you have the ability to stand your ground when evil comes your way.  II Corinthians 6:7 tells us, “…in the power of God; with weapons in the right hand and in the left.”  You can stand and face down anything the world throws at you with God’s Word… His truth in one hand, and His promises in the other.  We don’t have to live in fear of tomorrow.  For we have weapons to extinguish all those fiery darts thrown our way.  We can then stand firm in the power of God…faithful not fearful, confident not cowering, trusting not trembling.

Matthew 6:30 ” If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Jesus didn’t mince words with the Disciples.  He used the phrase, “O you of little faith” many times throughout the book of Matthew in dealing with them.  In Matthew 8:26 Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”  In Matthew 14:31 He again asked, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Here were men who had witnessed miracle after miracle…bodies made whole, blind eyes receiving sight, dead bodies brought back to life…and they still hesitated to fully trust Jesus.  If these men had trouble with their faith, why should it surprise me if I fall short?  The Believer’s journey is taking that meager crumb of faith we’re given and growing it day by day…of  being open and honest when we doubt…and asking the Lord to help us in our unbelief.

We’ve got to live: Faithfully in His Word

In James it says to not merely listen to the Word…but do It.   In order to put your trust in the Lord,  you must take what you hear and apply it to your life.  You need to take that head knowledge and internalize it into heart knowledge.  The Word of God is powerful and alive, but if it goes in one ear and out the other, it’s of no use to you.  For just hearing God’s voice will never cause change within… unless you do something with it.

Hebrews 10:36 ” You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

I’ll be the first to admit…I’m not a patient person.  But patience is exactly what God wants from me.  He asks that I steadfastly pray for unsaved loved ones…even if I don’t see change.  He asks that I not give up on dreams He’s given me…even if it’s been years.  God only asks that I be patient in my faith…unwavering in my trust of Him, as He works towards His divine purpose in my life.  For if you think about it, it’s very little He’s asking.