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FAITH---Who knew?

 

As I was 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 (The Him of course is God.) 

 

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".  I felt inadequate as I realized my faith was lacking.  How could I ever have enough faith to please God? 

 

Jesus said if we had faith the size of a mustard seed we could move mountains. Have you ever seen a mustard seed?  It is pretty small yet  I do not recall moving any mountains lately and I began to panic.  Before letting my imagination take me too far, the Holy Spirit reminded me God would never assign me a task He would not Himself give me the ability to complete.

 

 I stopped reading and began praying asking the Holy Spirit to give me a full understanding of this scripture verse.  I allowed myself to dwell and be completely immersed in the verse.  The words, “impossible to please Him”, pierced my heart. 

 

Like you, 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 that enables me to help further the kingdom of God.  However, this word FAITH joined with the word IMPOSSIBLE hit me like a ton of bricks and I asked myself, literally out loud, 

"Do I have enough faith to please God?" 

 

The answer at first was disheartening and I knew I was going to have to dig deeper into God's Word.  For me this meant 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 something very interesting.  The Greek word used in Hebrews 11:6 for faith is pistis (Strong's #4102) and this Strong's reference took me to the root Greek word peitho (Strong's #3982) which translates in English as the word obey.  

Now this made sense! Thank you Holy Spirit. 

This is truth in the life of any Christian, we strive to obey God in all things.  Now the word impossible did not scare me and here is why.  God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, for us to have faith in and it is in this way we obey God by believing in His only Son who died for us all!  This is wonderful news!  We obey by believing in the only begotten Son of God!  Yes, it is this simple!

 

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 another time. 

Until then, ponder this question; Do faith and believe have the same meaning?

 

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

 

Always loving the Lord,

Lori Robbins 

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