Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Faith in God # 2

"Faith in God, and God in Christ, was ever made prominent. They were informed that this faith is not merely an intellectual assent, but is the consent or trust of the heart, a voluntary, intelligent trust in God as he is revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ."
Charles G. Finney

Mr. Finney was awesome in Christ. I absolutely recommend his autobiography.
He found that faith is a voluntary thing. We must choose to have faith in God. We must choose to ask Him to help us in our daily lives to trust in Him, have that faith in Him. He is not just going to do it without us first asking Him and determining in our hearts that that is what we need. Hebrews 11:6 says, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." We cannot please the Lord without that faith in Him. We have to believe in Him and His words to us in the Bible.
He truly does promise to bless those who seek His face. Even in the hard times I have gone through within the past few months, I have found that he does answer prayer. I prayed that my friend would find many good friends in college and that she would not be lonely. He has done just that and His timing in in was perfect. He is truly good to us and His presence is always there.
But we can't just expect for faith to automatically come when we become His children. We have to find that trust in Him. There will be times when as Christians we will doubt; but by leaning on His promises in His word and the past blessings He has given us, we can come through it with renewed strength and hope in Him. And a stronger faith in Him because, "The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it." (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
He is faithful and therefore we can have faith.

1 comment:

Chris said...

(((((((SMILE)))))))

I'm reminded of those verses in Timothy (not sure if it's 1 Tim. or 2 Tim. off the top of my head...) - "When we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He can't deny Himself." Thank goodness. Whew!

I'm also reminded of Pilgrim's Progress. Have you read that book? Christian and Hope find themselves captured by the Giant Despair. Hope lives up to his name, but Christian loses all heart in Despair's dungeon. Eventually, he starts to trust, and remembers that he has a key! The key was called: "Promise." And the key unlocked their chains and the dungeon's gate!

You should read it if you haven't...it's awesome.

Keep it up, girl! Jesus says, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Keep craving Jesus!

Love, Chris