"Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that seek Him." Hebrews 11:6 NASB
The Bible teaches God's children to walk by faith (II Cor.5:7); yet, I laid in bed last night confused as to what that really meant.
I knew that only the Spirit of God knows the thoughts of God (I Cor.2:11), so I asked the Spirit to teach me. I received some light from Hebrews 11:1 that told me faith provided evidence and assurance, but I was still confused. I still didn't know how to receive living faith.
I gave up and told my Father that I loved and trusted Him and that I was confused. Strangely, I then felt a surrounding warm blanket of love and kindness. I felt much better. All I wanted was Him and His presence. I wondered if I had been shown what living faith is, and fell into a comforting sleep.
At church, the next day, I learned about those in the faith hall of fame in Hebrews chapter eleven. They reached out of their comfort zones and accomplished great things. Noah built an ark, and Abraham moved to a new land.
Then, Hebrews 11:6 told me the answer to my question of what living faith was when it said: "Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that seek Him."
First, I had to come to Him personally. This coming had to have two qualities: strong as a rock knowing He was there, and knowing He rewards those who come. This is living faith. Living faith reaches out of comfort zones into a world that may frighten, and it always has the quality of feeling and knowing it's beyond us, unless He chooses to reveal it.
Father, all I want before I meet You on Heaven's shore is to love You and abide in Your Son. Please give me living faith that will produce much fruit through me. Thank You, I pray in Your Son's name. Amen and Amen"
Dr Bob (AZ)