What is faith?

One Sunday morning a visiting preacher asked the congregation how we please God. All around the hall peoples hands shot up, some of the answers were; Loving others, Praying, Giving, Tithing, Fasting, Attending Church regularly, etc.

I ask the same question to you the reader, how do you please God? Im sure most of you will choose one or more answers from the list above. What does the Bible say how we should please God?

In Hebrews 11:6 it says, Without faith it is impossible to please God.

The above list is to do with works, what we can do to please or impress God. The bad news is there is nothing we can do please God except faith. Some of you may respond: but James says faith without works is dead, and that is true. There is nothing wrong about doing the above, however if it is not mixed with faith, it is useless.

What we must never forget is God is a faith God. What is faith? Well Hebrews 6:1 says, Faith is substance hoped for the evidence not seen. It is believing and trusting God. Have you ever wondered why when Jesus rose from the dead, did He not float above Jerusalem so, everyone could see that He had risen?

As far as the Gospels go there is no mention of Jesus appearing to any non-believer, in fact He seemed to only appear to His disciples. Why didnt he appear to the High Priest or even to Pilate? Surely that would have got these men acknowledging that Jesus rose from the dead.

How often have we heard Christians saying how they wished they lived in the times of Jesus, so that they could touch Him, speak to Him, look upon Him. Do you know how difficult it was for the disciples to follow Jesus after He had risen and He was no longer a human, but a Spirit?

In 2 Corinthians 5:16 it says, Therefore, henceforth know we no man according to the flesh; yea, though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now henceforth we know Him so no more.

You see everything is by faith, because faith is believing what you cannot see, feel, touch, and smell with your physical senses. Jesus said to Thomas, you see and you believe, blessed are those who do not see but believe. Unfortunately there are Christians who think once you become a Christian, it all changes and you must begin to earn your salvation by doing good works. This means you are no different from the Muslim, Hindu, or any other religion who believes in works. – Any questions or comments? Please contact: [email protected]

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