Faith Is What Counts

Hello! Long time no post…so I’m going to jump right back in.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

God is not impressed by our looks, fashion-sense, job position or title. He does not take into account the number of degrees we have earned, the college we went to, the popularity we garnered or the position we hold in society. He does not favor one Christian denomination over another and He has followers in political parties to the left, right and middle.

The thing that pleases God is FAITH. In truth, the only way to please God is with faith.

Have faith in Him, yes, most definitely! But that is only the start. Many people believe in God, but they do not believe GodIn fact, the church today is filled with unbelieving believers and that’s a sin.

Paul warned Timothy about this almost 2000 years ago, saying of these type of people, “…holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” 2 Timothy 3:5

The Good News translation says it this way, “..they will hold to the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power. Keep away from such people.”

God heals physical, emotional & spiritual wounds. He forgives people we don’t think deserve forgiveness. He rights wrongs, sets people free from addictions and gives new life & purpose to those we may be tempted to give up on.

Our faith in God is precious to Him. We will be tested by God & tried by Satan. God’s way is to purify & increase our faith by having us put into practice what we learn through His word. Satan’s desire is to have us fall away & turn our backs on God.

Here is a little secret: God wants you to win. He wants you to overcome:

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

Hold onto the truth God has revealed in scripture. Hold onto the promises He has spoken over you, your family and those you care about. He will not fail you because He is faithful. He doesn’t change and He doesn’t lie.

The choice we come face to face with almost everyday is this: will we believe God? Or will we instead choose to believe that the pain of our current circumstances is our lot in life? Will we do things His way, as revealed in scripture? Or will we give into our more base nature, ignoring the gentle promptings & correction of the Holy Spirit?

We always have a choice, and through Christ we have the power to follow though to victory.

Blessings & have a wonderful, safe weekend ❤

Mark 536