Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Reason number 87 to be in the Word
(I think I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but it is our power source...)
Follow my logic - if "faith" is believing the Word of God and acting on it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result, then how can you step out and walk by faith without being in the Word of God? Think about it and fill in the blanks:
By faith, Noah _______.
By faith, Abraham ___________.
By faith, Joseph ___________.
By faith, Peter _________.
By faith, Paul _________.
Each one of these men acted on God's instruction in their life and walked by faith. But how often do people say they are stepping out in faith, without knowing God's Word? The conversation goes like this:
"It's going to take a lot of faith, but I know this is what God wants for me."
"How do you know this is what God wants for you?"
"I just feel this is right."
"Oh, you feel it."
How much greater would it be to make decisions in life based on the Word? So when people ask you, you can say, "This is what God's Word says, therefore, by faith, it's what I am going to do!" Doesn't that make more sense? Ground our life decisions on the Word of God and then by faith, act on them?
When we walk by feelings, then there's no difference between us and unbelievers (Eph.4:17-32). When we walk by the Word, that's when faith kicks into high gear. We aren't going to need faith in heaven, so we may as well use it up while we're here on earth.
So, let me give you one more thing to think about and fill in the blanks:
By faith, (your name here) __________.
(What do you do by faith?)