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Without faith it is impossible to please God [Part 2]   Leave a comment

faithYou have so little faith, Jesus said. Why did you doubt me?

Mat. 14:31

 When we decide to adopt living by faith as a lifestyle, it will become evident to us that God is not limited by time, money an science.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.  Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.” Hebrews 11:1

Right now, my wife and I are going through trials. We do not know how we’ll go through but we know we will by trusting God.

Faith is believing that God is not limited by resources

Jesus took 5 breads and 2 fish and fed at least 5000 persons. This miracle Jesus did showed that God is not limited by resources. It is mathematically impossible to explain how people ate as much as they wanted when initially the resources were scarce. If your salary is less than what you spend, how can you make both ends meet? It is mathematically impossible but God works in ways we cannot see to provide our daily needs. Even if we do not know what we will eat tomorrow(Mat. 6:31), we believe God will take care of it. The Zarepthath widow(1 Kings 17:7) can testify how God multiplied flour and oil.

Faith is believing that God can when it is too late

When Jesus learned that Lazarus was sick, He intentionally stayed where He was for 2 days instead of healing Lazarus on the spot(John 11:6). When Jesus reached Bethany, it was 4 days since Lazarus was put in the grave. When Jesus came, Mary thought it was too late and said :

Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died“John 11:32

On the other side, Martha had a little faith and said: “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask” John 11:22

When Jesus was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, Martha doubted and could not see it coming and she said:

But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” John 11:39-40

Even when all has been said and done, there’s still hope for the dead because Jesus lives.

Abraham’s faith transcended Martha’s faith because he thought that God would raise Isaac from the dead after he offered him since he firmly had faith in God’s promise of a large posterity through Isaac.

Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.” Hebrews 11:19

Faith is believing that God can when science says no

Jesus performed many supernatural things like changing water into wine, calming the storm and healing the born blind. These are miracles that defy science .The woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, spent much of her money with doctors but still could not be cured. Science could do nothing for her but Jesus said:  “your faith has made you well. Go in peace” Luke 8:48. When Jesus called Peter to walk on the water (Mat 14:31), it was a supernatural experience that defied the fisherman’s knowledge of water. Though he doubted on the way and sank, this man nevertheless defied the law of science through his faith in Jesus. God is above the law of science and having faith in Him can literally move a mountain to the sea.

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Posted October 8, 2016 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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Epistle to the Hebrews (11:32 [d])   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets” Hebrews 11:32

  • David

The first thing that comes to my mind about David is that he was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam 13:14).  We will quickly go through some aspects of his character.

But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do” Act 13:22

David was a man who was wrote and sang love songs to God. When David fled from his son Absalom, he wrote in Psalm 3:

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high” Ps 3:3

David knew God and had a close relationship with him.

When Goliath insulted and challenged the army of Israel, everyone was terrified and feared. While David dropped some food for his brothers, he heard the insults of Goliath and this made him angry. He said:

What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Sam 17:26

David took personally the insults made to the army of the living God on him. He was concerned and would not allow anymore this disgrace on Israel. David was a shepherd and not a military man like his older brother Eliab or king Saul.

David had faith in God for he said to Saul:

Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Sam 17:34-37

David experienced God’s presence in his daily activities. When a lion or bear took one of his sheep, he pursued and killed them. Was a lion and bear stronger than Goliath? When David fought these beasts, he went with the faith that God would deliver him. Understand well, that to do such things David really had faith in God. God did not ask him to fight Goliath but because he had faith, he attempted something great believing God would be with him. He was outrage with the insults of Goliath and went with the same faith he had when facing a lion or bear. He took no shields with him but only 5 stones, his sling and shepherd staff.

David considered his fight, a divine one. He knew he had no strength but had faith he would defeat Goliath because God was with him.

This is what he said:

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head...” 1 Sam 17:45

And yes David did won this battle. David was not surprised by this victory, he knew he would win this battle because he knew God was with him. When we read Psalm 119 we see a man who loved God’s commands so much. He even despised and cursed those who disobeyed God’s law.

He said things like:

I seek you with all my heart ;do not let me stray from your commands.” v10

My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed” v20

Never take your word of truth from my mouth,for I have put my hope in your laws.I will always obey your law,for ever and ever.” v44

To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.” v96

I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.Great peace have those who love your law,and nothing can make them stumble“. v163-165

This man had hope and faith in God’s commands, he was so zealous and  wanted to obey them at all cost. God’s commands was most precious to him than anything else. He was thirsty for it and feared of missing one of God’s teachings. At all time God’s word was to him a source of wisdom. He loved God’s word, he worshiped God for the wonders of His counsels.

David is the man of the old testament whom we know much about his character, love, strength and failures. It is difficult to summarise in a few lines the relationship this man had with God.

His relationship with God was so closed that he even felt what would be done to the Messiah when he wrote Psalm 22. Along with the book of Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 is a clear prophesy on how Jesus felt when was crucified. The spiritual maturity David had allowed him to prophesy about the Messiah.

David was loved by the nation and knew he could become king. When he had the opportunity to kill Saul, he did not kill him but rather left it to God (1 Sam 26:11). Saul was trying to kill him and everything was in place for him to put an end to this unceasing assault. But he had faith God was is control and that he was not to intervene by force to take the kingship.

David won many battles and succeeded in many areas but he was a sinner like anyone else. Though it is said he was a man after God’s own heart, it was not in all aspects. He hatched a plan to kill Uriah in order to get his wife Bathsheba. But there’s no greater record of a repented heart than what is recorded in Psalm 51.

He said:

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions,and my sin is always before me.Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.” Ps 51:2-3

He feared of being cast away by God, he wanted to be restored and renewed.

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” v11

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” v17

Why did David feel like that and wanted to return to God? It was because this intimate communion he had with God was broken and it caused him so much grief. David was a man who believed and trusted God. His faith did not shatter even when he sinned but rather motivated him to repent.

Having faith in God has impact on the way you live. It creates zeal in you and forms your character. David had faith in God before meeting Goliath. He had faith God could forgive him. David teaches us that faith strongly influences our relationship with God.  Without faith it is impossible to know God and be intimate with Him.

Posted June 15, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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