by Dawn Bennett
The definition of faith is; confidence or trust in a person or thing: 2. belief that is not based on proof: 3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. And belief is defined as confidence in the truth.
We must be confident in what God says is true, confident that every Word written in the Bible is for us. Confident that God will always do what He says. Our core belief must be that everything God says is THE truth.
Regardless of any circumstance in your life, words spoken, rationale, relationships, emotions and feelings, we must take God at His word and chose to be obedient.
In Hebrews 11 the Bible talks about people who were remembered for their faith. Each one of these people put emotion aside and obeyed what God told them to do. They had the faith to walk it out and not let their feelings get in the way. Most of the circumstances listed seemed impossible and yet they put it all aside and did what God told them to do. A lot of it even seems crazy.
Noah built an ark, even though it had never rained, Enoch was translated, Abraham left everything to go to a land he didn’t know to receive an inheritance, Sarah even though well past child bearing age had a child, and the examples continue. (read Hebrews 11) Each of these people, even though it seemed impossible choose to hold on to what God said and obey. And each of these people walked into something greater because of that obedience.
Feelings aren’t bad….God made us to have emotions. What God is looking for is how we walk it out. How we take what He says and live it out. How we do what He told us to do. How we say no matter what I’m feeling, no matter what I see, it doesn’t matter because I have faith in what God told me. I choose to trust confidently in His promises, and obey. God rewards those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6 says “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
We should all want to be remembered for our faith in Christ. We have to put our thoughts and emotions aside and take God at His word and obey. When we do that only the best that God has for us can come to past and we see the reward at the end of the trial.