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Heb 11:6   But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

In our verse, we are clearly told that faith is an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY to please God and have a close walk of communion with Him.  In this verse, the Lord tells us we must possess faith in two basic areas… the PRESENT and the FUTURE:

  1. Faith in the PRESENT involves a continual recognition of the Lord’s intervention in our lives.

It is saying, “I believe that He exists and He is actively intervening in my life. He is with me, caring for me, blessing me, leading me and enabling me to fulfill His desires in me.”  In other words, it is believing that “He is”

Just as Abel presented his sacrifice to the Lord, mingled with faith; so, too, our lives should be a lived as a sacrifice of faith presented to Him every day (vs 4).

  1. Faith in the FUTURE involves exercising faith in the promises for our future that the Lord has given to us.

It is saying that “I believe the sufferings of this world are only temporary, I am going to a far better place to be with the Lord.  I believe any sacrifice I make is insignificant because, someday, I will be rewarded for my faithfulness”…   this is believing that “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

We are reminded of this type of faith in the life of Enoch, who faithfully served the Lord and was rewarded by being translated, opening to him an eternity in the Lord’s presence (vs 5).

Let’s all strive to live our lives as a living sacrifice, motivated by these two types of faith in our hearts.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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12 Comments

  1. Life on the Potter's Wheel says:

    This article is a wonderful reminder that faith is an active process. Many people, Christians and non-Christians, perceive faith to be more some sort of spiritually motionless process rather than, as you pointed out, daily recognition of God’s intervention in our lives as well as stepping out and exercising our faith. But unless we seek to grow in faith and grow the expression of our faith in the world each day, faith is of little use and we are wholly unable to please God. Thank you for this much-needed reminder!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you for your kind words. Your statement that “unless we seek to grow in faith and grow the expression of our faith in the world each day, faith is of little use and we are wholly unable to please God” hit the nail on the head. Thank you for the great addition to the posting. May the Lord bless you.

  2. terry1954 says:

    i have nothing if i don’t have my faith

  3. jelillie says:

    May God’s people in these days be given a deeper measure of faith and may we choose to walk in it!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      It is what we all need, the Lord to work in our hearts the desire for faith and then to be given that fiath that we all so desperately need. Thanks for a great comment, brother. Lrod bless you.

  4. >> “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Rob, this is one Scripture that never ceases to amaze me.

    Why would God reward US when it is ALL HIS work? We would never seek Him unless He gave us that desire. [Romans 3:11] Even as His children we would not seek/serve/obey Him unless He enabled us. Without Him we are nothing. It is only His work IN us and through us . . . and yet He rewards US! I know it, and do not doubt it, but I marvel at His greatness and His love for us.

    What an amazing God!

  5. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Rob, for this wonderful word and encouragement to exercise our faith in our Faithful One daily! God bless you as you march on!

  6. granbee says:

    As a Daughter of the King, I pray from a heart filled with faith that God is in charge of all that happens to me every day and a soul look towards the glory that is to come when I am with Him forever and ever! Hallelujah!

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