The Faith to Obey

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Hebrews 10

38   Now the just shall live by faith;

But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

If you have read my devotionals for a while you know that we are to obey the Word of God by faith.  Yes, we are saved by faith and we know that the faith to be saved is a gift from God, not of our works lest any of us should boast that we did something to earn our salvation.  Grace is God’s gift and so is the faith to be saved.

Once we are saved and enjoy the faith and the grace and the new life that follows God wants us to increase our faith by taking it into other areas of our lives.  Here in Hebrews 10 we learn that God takes pleasure in those who live by faith and has no pleasure in those who don’t.  Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God.  (Stay with me here.)

The Christian life is above all a life of faith.  We are saved by faith, we follow Christ by faith and we live in obedience to God’s word by faith.  None of this makes sense to our flesh.  On any given day my flesh will tell me to chuck it all and live by sight.  “Get what I want, do what I want, and go where I want” is the cry of my flesh.  At the same time, and with greater authority, the Holy Spirit tells me to get what God wants, do what He says and go where He wants me to go.  Because I have been given the faith to believe and be saved I also have the faith to believe and obey.

Obedience to the Word of God and to the Spirit of God goes against my senses of sight, touch, and so on.  Therefore, to obey God is to do so by faith.  Believing that God knows what is right, that He is a good and wise God, and that He truly has my best for now and forever in His mind, I do what He says.  This is a continual act of obedience and submission by faith.  The battle comes when my flesh convinces me that I deserve “better” or I shouldn’t have to “give up” something.  When it does not feel right to me but is clear from God it takes faith to set aside what I “see” to do what God says.

God takes pleasure in us when we agree with Him and by faith do all that He says.  Let us be faithful to His word by ever submitting to His Lordship by faith fully believing that when we see Him it will be worth it all.  On that day, when our faith becomes sight, when God rejoices in welcoming us home, we will be eternally glad that we lived by faith in this life.

Last Sunday someone asked me why we don’t do testimonies in church anymore.  We have had some full services but this Sunday should be fairly normal.  So, if you have a testimony of God’s working His grace in you or through you bring it with you this Sunday.  We will take time to hear from you. 

I will be bringing a message from 2 Corinthians 3 this Sunday about the glory of the law and the glory of the New Covenant.  The God of the Old Testament had the same glory as the God of the New Testament.  We will look at the passing glory and the eternal glory and then question why we would ever want to live apart from God’s glory.  Pray for God to use this message in our daily lives.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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