Faith, what a beautiful word, what a wonderful thing to have as part of our personal makeup. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that faith is the fruit of the Spirit. John 6:29 it is a work of God. Ephesians 2:8 says it is a gift from God. Then there is Hebrews 11:1-9 which lays out more simple truths about what faith in God is. 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 11:2 For by faith the Elders won God’s approval. 11:3 Through faith we understand that the world’s were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: And by it he being dead yet speaks. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an Ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world. 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he would later receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out not knowing where he went. 11:9 By faith he journeyed in the land of promise, as in a strange country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.
Faith, the same theme, the same thought, it is the very foundation of the make up of what helps make a person who and what they are down deep inside ourselves. Faith, it really does come down to this basic a question, do you, do I, do we really have faith, that there really is a God and that the Bible really is the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God! What is my point? The point is this, do we live our life with the love, and the fear of the Lord being the very foundation on which each of us stand as individuals? If not, why not? Why do we as a human fall short each day in our personal walk with Christ? Is it just the nature of the beast that we humans are weak and that by our nature we fail? Or, is it that our own faith is weak? It really does come down to this reality that we truly believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, or we don’t. If we really do believe that He is whom He says that He is, then why do we not even do the things He asks of us in our daily walk here upon His Earth?
You know, when we are walking with someone it helps if we move our feet. Can we truly walk with Christ if we refuse to even try to move our feet? If we have faith that He is, then we must believe Him. If we do not believe Him then we have no faith at all in Him! If we have faith that He is God, then why are we so weak about obeying His requests and His Commandments?
There will be a time for everyone of us that we all must face, the Judgement Seat of Christ. If our faith was weak or non-existent during our life, Jesus will know it. He knows how each of us think or believe on every issue of life. Have you ever wondered how that Jesus will know His own? How His own will know His voice? It is quite simple, those of us who live by faith in Jesus, knowing that He is the Christ of The Father Jehovah are a tabernacle, a dwelling place of His Holy Spirit, and yes of course, He knows His own voice. If the Holy Spirit is not within us then when He calls His followers to Him, those without His Spirit will be deaf to His call. When Jesus looks each one of us straight in our eyes (and He will), what then? Either we have faith or we don’t! Either The Lord’s Spirit lives within us, or He doesn’t. Either we will live in paradise with Christ forever, or we won’t. Either we will burn in the pits of Hell forever because we had no faith in God, or we won’t. There are only two choices for each one of us. Either we have faith or we don’t. If we have faith, we will live our life like He asks us to. If we don’t have faith and live our life like He asks us to, then it is we ourselves who are condemning ourselves.