To Take a Leap of Faith, You Need Faith to Begin With

mustard-seedWhat does it mean to take a leap of faith?  Do you have your own hall of fame by which you remember the people who shared their miracle stories with you?

In order to take a leap of faith, you need to have some kind of faith to begin with.

 

“And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6

It’s interesting to note that this verse has nothing to do with my ability to have “great faith.”  This context talks about faith in God’s existence and the fact that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

Faith….

  • Has nothing to do with your upbringing and how it “shut down” your emotional, mental, and spiritual senses
  • Has everything to do with simply believing that God exists
  • Is seeking God earnestly
  • Is spending quality time with God
  • Is believing that God will bless you, not based on what you DO but on how much quality time you spend with Him
  • Is first believing that God exists and then spending time with Him

Going beyond believing in God’s existence and spending time with Him, what else does God look for in his children?

Hebrews 11

(5) By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death.  He could not be found, because God had taken him away.  For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

(7) By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in godly fear built an ark to save his family.

A man or woman that God deems “faithful” is one who (1) aims to please God, (2) fears God, and (3) obeys even when they do not “see” anything yet (good or bad).

Think, for instance, about Noah’s faith.  When God told him to build an ark, did Noah demand proof that it will actually rain for 40 days and nights?  Did he get philosophical on God and cling to his unbelief unless God would provide some sort of sign that He would flood the Earth?  No!  God warned, and Noah obeyed, even when his obedience would appear “absurd” in the eyes of society.  I don’t know how long it took him to build an ark.  In those times, without our modern advanced technology, it must have taken a really long time.  I don’t know how much help Noah received either.  I doubt he built it by himself but if he had his sons-in-law help, or his sons, he still had relatively few men to help him.  He was not a military general or officer so he did not have any army of troops or skilled men to assist him at all.

If God told me to build an ark and gave me all the specific measurements and tools to build it with, my flesh would scoff at the ridiculous idea, because that’s just who I am, unfortunately.  I need to spend more time with God so that He will change and mold my heart to become like that of Noah, Abraham and other fathers of the faith.

In my own “hall of faith fame,” the reason why certain friends come to my mind is that they have demonstrated their faith by trusting God with their obedience before they saw any results.  I hold them dear to my heart because we come from similar backgrounds (broken homes, etc.). We understand each other, yet the way they live gives me no reason to think that I have to be limited by my past.  Similar backgrounds, drastically different outcomes in life.  Any coincidence?  Nope.  The only difference is a little bit of faith.  All it takes is a mustard seed.

#MustardSeedFaith #Musings4Life #NoExcuses #KeepMovingForward

 

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