Faith is a Law, a spiritual law (Romans 3: 27).
Faith is the law that makes everything about God work. Everything in the world that is seen is made out of something that you cannot see….Faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1). Faith is the substance that paves the road between man and God. Sounds easy doesn’t it? For some people it is easier than for others and then, it always lends some questionable moments.
We also learned that perverted faith is called . . . FEAAAARR!!!! Have you ever been afraid of anything? Scared? ‘Fearful’ – also known as apprehension, mistrust, unbelief, doubt, lack of confidence etc. Where does fear come from? Fear comes from listening to the lies of the devil. He can fill a person with all kinds of mistrust, doubt and unbelief.
Discouragement is Satan’s best tool. It doesn’t take long either, doesn’t take much. All he needs is to make us think about it one time and, trust me, we do quite well of blowing it up, making it bigger and bigger. You know that too, from personal experience. It is so easy to tell ourselves that ‘we cannot do something. ‘I know he can, but I cannot.’
So next time you have any of those feelings, remember that. Are you really going to listen to the lies of the devil and think they are real, when Jesus said you can do even greater things than he does (John 14:12)? Now that sounds like a lot, but Jesus talks about faith and Eternal life during the whole three years of His ministry.
Next verse, from Hebrew 11:6, “It is impossible to please God without Faith.”
Now read this one, and then re-read it. “It is impossible to please God without Faith, since anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and is the rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.” Reward refers to something good, certainly not a punishment. God wants to give you life more abundantly, but you must believe without doubt.
Another thing I would like you to know is Mark 11:23. Jesus said, “Whosoever shall say unto that mountain be thou removed and be cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but believeth that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Here it is again –“and shall not doubt . . . ”
Will it work for you? Jesus said it would.
He said, “Whosoever shall say . . . ” and that includes YOU! But it all hinges on the word doubt. You cannot have any fear or doubt. If you only need faith the size of a mustard seed, then conversely, you only need to listen to that tiniest amount of lies from the devil for it to all fail. (Matthew 17:20).
If you have faith only as much as the grain of a mustard seed, you’ll say to that tree, “Be thou plucked up and slung into the sea, it will obey you.” Matthew, quoting Jesus, points out that He did not say that it will obey God; Jesus said . . . it WILL OBEY YOU!! Well, imagine that, Jesus wants you to be able to do these things. Ask and it will be given unto you, knock and it will be opened. How much clearer can He make that?
So, you are right to ask, “What’s the catch?” Believe it or not, there is a catch. You can find it in the “Our Father . . . Thy Will be Done.” That’s the catch, so “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you (Matt. 6:33).” And that really throws a big monkey wrench in there doesn’t it?
Many people don’t want to go too far with this “Thy Will be done, bit” Why? It’s simple. God might ask us to do something that we do not want to do. We want to be free to choose what we want, but, aren’t we free to do just that? But, what about my plans that I have? What about my future? Especially for younger folks: “I have my life all mapped out like I want it, I just need God to help me get there.”
Why are some of us so afraid to commit to those words? At some point we must face it. We must settle within ourselves, and as we look in the mirror ask, “Who am I, what am I here for, what if he asks me to do something that I don’t want to do, should I really follow Him with all that I have, my whole heart and soul, my whole mind and spirit and say those words and mean it, “Lord, Thy Will be Done?”
Of course! That is what a Christian must do, that is, if you want those rewards: “Since anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and is the rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.”
You should really only fear what will happen to you without him. And this is how you begin to overcome all obstacles from everyday problems to a broken heart, in every situation, in every place and time. He is with you.
The Rev. George Ates is pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Traditional Anglican Church, which will soon begin meeting at the Courtyard Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. He can be reached at 330-5658 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.