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FAITH---Who knew?

It seems strange to me a little word like 'faith' can have such a large impact on our lives with very different meanings. Every day I have faith in lots of things.  I have faith my car will start when I turn the key and that hot water will come out of the pipes every morning so I can take a warm shower.  I have faith food will be at the grocery store when I get there and gasoline will be available to me when I go to the gas station. 

 

As I found myself reading in Hebrews, I was perplexed as my eyes stalled on the first part of verse 6 in chapter 11,  "But without faith it is impossible to please Him,..." KJV (Him of course is God in this verse.) 

 

Faith. It seems like such a simple thing right? After all, I have faith in God. Yet, my eyes were not only drawn to the word faith but also to the word 'impossible' as it hooked into the phrase "to please Him".  Suddenly, I felt inadequate as I realized my faith was lacking. How would I ever have enough faith to please God? 

 

Jesus said if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we could move mountains. I don't recall moving any mountains lately but I know God would never assign me a task He would not Himself give me the ability to complete so I stopped reading and began praying. I asked the Holy Spirit to give me a full understanding of this scripture verse and a few minutes later, I allowed myself to dwell and be completely immersed in the verse. 

 

It was the words 'impossible to please Him' which pierced my heart and caused me pause. More than anything, I want to please God every day in my life. I strive to stay in the word, diligently pray for others, attend church, and serve in any capacity I am able to help further the kingdom of God.  This word FAITH joined with the word IMPOSSIBLE hit me like a ton of bricks and I asked myself the hard question out loud,

"Lori, do you really have enough faith to please God?" 

 

The answer was disheartening.  I knew right then and there I had to dig deeper into God's word by going back to the original Greek. It was time to pull out the big guns. I began to do a little research with my trusty Strong's Concordance and Vine's Expository Dictionary (both of which are available online for free-P.T.L.), and I discovered an interesting fact. The Greek word used in Hebrews 11:6 for faith is pistis (Strong's #4102) and this Strong's reference then took me to the root Greek word peitho (Strong's #3982) which translates in English as the word 'obey'. 

 

Now that made sense to me! Thank you Holy Spirit.  This is truth in the life of any Christian, that we obey God in all things. Now, the word ‘impossible’ did not scare me so much.  God gave His son for us to have 'faith' in and in this way we obey God by believing in His only son.

 

On to the second part of verse 6: 

"...for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."

 

I really want to blow your mind on the rest of this particular chapter and verse in Hebrew's regarding the word 'believe', however it would take too much space for this one entry; so, I will save it for next time.  Until then, ponder this question;

  

Do faith and believe mean the same thing?

 

Please keep praying daily with me--at 3 o'clock p.m. if you so choose, to build a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.

 

Always loving the Lord,

Lori Robbins 

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