The cry from Almighty God since the Garden of Eden until His Son returns is found in one word—FAITH. All God has ever demanded and required of his crowned creation is that they have FAITH in Him, His Word and His Son. That which unites all the administrations and covenants of God is the need for FAITH.
If Adam had manifested faith in God’s Word instead of yielding to the lies propounded by the serpent; then the original administration and covenant would never have ended. But, Adam allowed his faith in God’s Word to be diluted to the point he transgressed the commandment to not eat of the fruit…
Adam and Eve had two sons. One manifested the faith God required while the other trusted in his own abilities and demanded his own ego be fed. When it wasn’t, he allowed envy and jealousy to overrule his faith and the result was he murdered his own brother. Lack of faith is equal to refusal to yield to God’s way and Word.
Enoch pleased God so much that through his faith he was taken away so that he did not see death. Noah acted on what God had told him and built the ark when it had never even rained on earth. Abraham left his comfortable lifestyle and spent his entire life as a nomad wandering wherever God told him to go.
That which all these great men who lived in the early parts of Genesis had in common was their absolute and undefiled pure faith in God. What is this kind of faith anyway? In Hebrews 11:6 it is described and clearly shown for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
There are three distinct things mentioned here in regards to faith which must be understood in order to grasp how God intends for His people to think, act and believe towards Him.
One of the biggest lies propounded by religion is that works please God. Those who believe and live this lie spend their whole lives in bondage to the notion that somehow by living a clean life, not messing up to badly and helping an elderly person across the street is all God demands of them in this life. From this warped view, the avoidance of sin becomes the driving force in living with the corresponding belief that in so living that way, they please God and earn enough points to get to heaven.
Here is the crux of the whole matter. That which pleases God is not what we do or don’t do in our lives. That which pleases God is not how many good works we store up or how many services we attend or even how many people we win to the Lord. As great and wonderful as these things are, they are not what pleases God. FAITH PLEASES GOD. Please, write this simple saying upon your heart. FAITH PLEASES GOD.
Amen brother . . . a wonderful message and a beautiful beginning of a new day, a new week.
Blessings and brotherly love in Jesus our Christ.
[quote]Here is the crux of the whole matter. That which pleases God is not what we do or don’t do in our lives. That which pleases God is not how many good works we store up or how many services we attend or even how many people we win to the Lord. As great and wonderful as these things are, they are not what pleases God. FAITH PLEASES GOD. Please, write this simple saying upon your heart. FAITH PLEASES GOD[/quote]
You have once again hit the nail on the head - this is the crux of ones relationship with God.