Faith is something that we cannot take for granted. There are those in this world that have no faith. Faith is what gets us up in the morning, and what puts us to sleep at night. It gives us the strength to work all day, and gives us the desire to give away, what we have worked for. For we, as the Bible tells us, work to give to others. Our faith lets us see stars on a cloudy night, and the sun shine in the midst of a thunderstorm. Faith lets us see flowers during the winter snow, and a cool breeze, on a hot summers day.
For Faith is a substance. Faith has healed many, and the lack of faith has allowed many to die. Faith has established governments and the lack of faith, has caused many a kingdom to fall.
Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Faith lets us see things, that others can not see, and do things, that others can not do. We can see angels in our most perilous times, and it brings us comfort in times of illness. Faith allows us to see God and communicate with Him. Faith brought us to salvation, when others called us strange. Faith is our hope and standard. Faith is what we have, that will please the Father, and the Son.
Faith lets us see the truth among all the lies, and lets us see the light, in a darkened world. Faith frees us from bondage, and drives our prayers to accomplish the impossible. Faith will take two pennies, and feed a woman for her remaining years. If this faith is so strong, why then has it stopped for so many? Why cant we, all, take our most precious faith, and build upon it, and use it, to accomplish everything, that Christ told us that we could do? For we know that God is spirit, and it is impossible to please God without spirit and faith.
For we see in Hebrews 11:6; But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
For he that cometh to God must believe that he is. This seems to be a simple requirement doesn't it? But it is more complicated that just believing in God. For without believing in the Son, you cannot believe in The Father, for one is the other, and the other is the same. Have we lost our diligence, in seeking God, or have we begun to believe in the religions of false doctrine?
If you believe in God, then you must believe His word. You say, I believe in the Old Testament but not, the New. Then take the old and believe. For by believing the Old, you there-by believe the prophets, of the coming of the Son. For Jesus fulfilled the prophecy's of the Messiah, and it will take faith to believe in both, 1. The Old Testament Prophecy's and 2. The New Testament fulfillment of them.
I will show you a little about faith.
Lets read, Mar 12:42-44;
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Now do you believe that this poor woman, giving all she had, ever went hungry or naked, for the rest of her life? If you said, no, then you have exercised faith in the word of God from the Old Testament. Now if you said, Yes, then you have not learned anything about faith, and are in need to think again on Gods promises.
Psa 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. I have never seen a Christian that was exercising true faith, go without food or clothing. Once we seek out the will of God, and His kingdom, all else will be given unto us, even the very desires of our heart. But what about seeking out the Kingdom of Heaven first? Many try to do that, after God answerers their prayers. They seek out the material, instead of the eternal. This is not faith but rather, the very opposite, lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Many seek out a name for themselves, I give more than anyone else, I sing better than those people, I dress better than others, I am, I am, I am. All is vanity under the sun. Faith does not require, having things of the physical world. The Bible tells us, With food, and raiment, therewith be content. Many confuse faith with hope. Hope is a substance whereby, you cannot see the things that you ask for, and faith is believing without seeing. If you possess those things that you have asked for, then why do you then have hope for them?
Faith makes you walk a mile with a friend, and if he asked for 2 miles, you go the extra mile.
1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Faith is what brings us threw all the trials of this world. Do not put your faith in man, do not put your faith in uncertain riches. For man and wealth will both fail you. There is coming a time and now is, that all of mans wealth is becoming worthless by the day. Markets are failing, international commerce is being over run by cheep goods. Gold, silver and diamonds are becoming blood stained by war and famine. Do we have faith in God and His word? If so then, we must believe what the Son told us here, in Matthew 7:7-8; Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If you have 2 pennies, have faith in God, if you have abundance, have faith in God. Do not cry to man, cry to God. Go to God in Faith, in Trust and as a Son and not a beggar. Ars.
Temple of Spirit & Truth Ministries A.R.Smith Ministries http://www.ourchurch.com/member/a/arsmithsermons/Robert Collier