We know the definition of faith. We know that without faith, the Bible says, that it is impossible to please God.
We understand that faith is an integral part of our relationship with a holy, righteous God. We know that we are saved by grace (God's unmerited favor) through faith in a God that we have never seen.
Romans 5:1 tells us that we are justified by faith in Jesus the Christ. In other words we are justified or "Just -If- I " had never sinned. This is granted to all who have faith. Because Christ was made sin on the cross of Calvary, we are delcared righteous before God and that righteousness is justified.
Our faith has requirements. There are things we must do in order to be able to stand before a Holy God. Good examples are Abel, Enoch and Noah. Abel worshiped God. and picked the best lamb as an offering and brought it to the place of sacrifice.
My question for you today is: What sacrifice did you offer today? Was it worship, praise, thanksgiving or are you continually leaning on your own strengths believing that God owes you something? You can't truly worship, praise, give thanks or offer any sacrifice without faith. Faith looks for an aopportunity to worship and looks for an invitation to fellowship with beleivers. Faith makes no excuses.
Faith caused Enoch to walk with God. Enoch's life was a life of faith in a God he had not seen; faith in a God he communicated with - communication that pleased God.
Every area of Enoch's life must have been pleasing to God. Scripture didn't say Enoch was perfect but he obviously lived a life of fellowship and righteousness before a Holy God. If we would take some time during our prayer and meditation and listen to what God has planned for us instead of always trying to give Him marching orders, but just to sit quietly and listen for and to the voice of God. Be still and know that He is God.
This is what Enoch experienced and it pleased God. Can that be said of our lives today? Does it please God the convictions we have, the places we go, the things we do?
Faith caused Noah to work for God. When mankind became too evil to remain on the face of the earth, and when it greived God that He had ever created man, God raised up Noah to do a work for Him.
Noah had enough faith to build an ark on dry land. the command was to build an ark. God's declaration was “it's going to rain” and Noah took the blueprints for the ark from God and began to build at God's command.
The Bible says that Noah went to work on that ark and I believe that every board he nailed, every tree he cut he was working by faith.
Is faith working in your life? Have you begun to fight the good fight of faith like a bold soldier? Has your faith in God changed anything in your life? There should be evidence of a closer walk with God. You should be striving for kingdom building, praying to the Lord of the Harvest to send more workers into the vineyard.