A simple question today.
Do you live by faith?
If most professing believers were to be able to view their walk with the Lord “from the outside” their lives would likely reflect a life of “work orientation”.
Now, hear me carefully.
We are to have works.
But, these works are to arise from our faith.
Not faith in the works.
The Word has many examples of faith.
Consider a couple.
In Romans 4 we are given insight into Abraham.
http://www.bible.is/ENGESV/Rom/4 (read and/or listen)
1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
I love this…”in hope he believed against hope”.
18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”
19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.
20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
Abraham had the Promise of God that he would be the father of many nations.
Not just many people.
He hoped against hope.
His body was as good as dead from a reproductive perspective.
Sarah’s womb was barren and dry.
No distrust made him waver concerning the Promise of God.
The more he did not see in the natural, the stronger his faith became, the more glory he gave to God, the more fully convinced that God would fulfill.
By faith he received the Promise.
Do you believe what the Word says or do you believe what you are “taught” or what you “know is true”?
3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
Hebrews 11 is the great “gallery of faith”. Take some time to read/listen.
There is no other way for the True Believer to live.