“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
I returned to my relationship with God because I screwed things up. I needed God to fix what could be fixed – and sadly one thing could not be fixed. Please understand that it isn’t self-condemnation or misplaced guilt when I say there is a direct correlation to my sinful life and the death of a family member (which I have only mentioned briefly in the past here). It is a cold hard fact, but one that does not bring guilt or condemnation – it turned me to Christ for grace, faith and new life. And I hear the whisper of my past say: “What’s next? When things are going well, will I walk away from God again?”
First of all, God forbid!
Second of all – I have not actually seen the things fixed yet that I came here to see fixed. Yes, a year later and my fleshly eyes do not have the prizes I came for. My loved one is still dead and I still grieve. I still struggle at work with the same issues – it is quiet (today) but every time I think it is finally going well, something happens. I still have a financial crisis and large dollar needs. Although my ex wants me back, he doesn’t want to give up his sins (which happen to be a huge turn-off and hard no for me anyway) and have the relationship with Christ that God has called him to have making it impossible right now for us to reconcile. My adult child is still living at home and struggling.
AND, my prayer list of needs have increased as I have met other Christians who have prayer requests and I have been lead to intercede in prayer for things.
As God is growing me, all these things seem to naturally fade and I find myself hungry for God. The verse above – Faith is diligently seeking God.
Think about it – chew on it – eat this up! That is why faith is the only way to please him!
God’s love drew me. Grace sprinkled by faith carried me to God, faith sprinkled with grace propelled me to obedience (which really turns out to be the evidence of love). And then I learn that ‘more faith’ is the power to move – and I seek more faith, just to learn it is so simple and not that complicated – faith is diligently seeking God. Let it sink in.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV
Simple and grace-full. Seeking God is the faith that moves mountains!
However, I also grow impatient. Not in waiting for my promises, no. I am impatient with the enemy’s tired tactics. Granted his methods have worked since forever, but Jesus and the apostles had authority over it and so do we.
I sought God and found a relationship with him! A real relationship. Two way relationship. He talks to me and I talk to him. THIS IS REAL, PEOPLE!!! If I am blessed materially or with the answers to my prayers matters not! I have met an actual God – The Actual God! and He loves me and he gave me authority!
Why aren’t we all fired up about this? Why do I feel like the only one getting excited? Open eyes to see, ears to hear and minds to understand, dear Lord!!! And let me ask you again – why aren’t we all so excited we are just seeping Jesus out of our pores? At work we are not to share our political and religious views in case we offend – but my testimony and witness keep seeping out of my mouth. I cannot help it.
Today is the day of salvation – now is the time!!! Let’s light this thing up, people!!!
I had a friend tell me it’s different and easy for me – as if! I have been to the edge of hell and back, and had a year of the trying of my faith. But…
“7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:7-9 KJV
PRAISE THE LORD!!! Who is real, and powerful and transformative!
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” Romans 13:11
“and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b KJV
Thanks for reading – stick around because something tells me my story is about to get good! Be blessed!