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.
—Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
Your faith is what pleases God. He rewards those who diligently seek Him with all their heart (Jeremiah 29:13). And persistent seeking of His truth rewards you. The truth of His Word takes root and comes alive within you. You believe without seeing because you trust your Father who has revealed Himself to you. You know His promises are true.
The power of the Word is realized when you act upon it and choose to live its truth—even when what God promises is not seen, heard, or felt with your natural senses.
God’s truth is real for you when it becomes yours. When you take His truth and make it your own, it becomes the foundation for what you believe. Your attitude about your life changes. You see beyond what you experience.
You cannot understand God’s Word with your natural mind. It seems foolish to you. His Word can only be understood spiritually by the Holy Spirit revealing it to you (1 Corinthians 2:14). When the Holy Spirit reveals something to you in God’s Word, you choose to take possession of it. You choose to renew your mind again and again with His truth (Romans 12:2). Then the truth the Holy Spirit has revealed to you in the Word becomes what you believe. Now it is your truth. It defines your life—not what you feel or your circumstances or your illness. You are who God says you are.
When you believe God, you see what has not been seen or experienced. Believing His truth by faith pleases God, and He rewards you according to what you believe (Hebrews 11:6). If you believe His Word, you receive its benefit. If you don’t believe, then you don’t live the abundant life Jesus died to give you.
To be carnally or naturally minded is death to your faith. To be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6). Draw a line in the sand, and choose to believe what God declares is true for you. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God—not with just your mind but with your heart (Romans 10:17). Walk by faith and not by what you see (2 Corinthians 5:7). If you doubt, you won’t receive God’s promises (James 1:6-7). But when you believe, nothing is impossible with God (Mark 9:23).
What is your bondage? Is it struggling with sin? Is it an illness? Is it a need? The problem is not a lack of faith. Each believer has received the same measure of faith (Romans 12:3, KJV). The problem is a lack of knowledge about what we have received. The answer is knowledge of what is yours in Christ. The knowledge of His truth will set you free (John 8:32).
You can have faith. But when you don’t understand the faith that is yours, you will not believe. Your measure of faith is exercised when you grow spiritually from hearing the Word (Romans 10:17). Seek God’s truth with all your heart. You will find it is true for your life (Matthew 7:8).
“My son, give attention to my words. Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-22).
© 2023 Lynn Lacher
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