The Biblical System of Belief Pt. 1
The Foundation of Belief
Hebrews 11: 6
6 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.
Belief, faith which is used interchangeably is very powerful. Even belief in one self is very powerful as well but limited because of our humanness. However, many individuals have been able to accomplish remarkable things just by believing in themselves. People have started with nothing and have been able to conquer nations, become CEOs, lift their families out of poverty, change lives, the list goes on and on. However, when we look at Hebrews 11: 6 we see a difference between the world’s view of believing in one’s self and the biblical system of belief. I think in many cases we have limited faith to what can be accomplished. Lord I need healing, Lord save my lost family member, Lord I need my bills paid, Lord I need a spouse, Lord we need a building. Please do not get me wrong God wants to do these things for us and more, but what if I said that there is a deeper and more weightier truth to faith. Faith in its essence, in its core is about pleasing God.
THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
The foundation of the biblical system of belief is believing that God exists. If you have issues with the existence of God your belief system is unstable and limited. It is unstable because the right situation and circumstance can change your belief system or an individual can throw it away. It is limited because we are human and in our humanness, we are limited to our five senses. Faith in anything other than God is an unstable foundation. Matthew 7: 24 – 27 talks about this.
Matthew 7:24-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
We need to have a foundation that is strong and able to withstand the challenges of the seasons of life. Believing in God is the strongest and only foundation that we have.
FAITH THAT PLEASES GOD
As we look back at Hebrews 11:6, the first part says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Remember I said that we tend to focus on the aspect of faith that helps us in our time of need. The problem with focusing only on this facet of faith is what happens when your prayers do not get answered. What if the answer is just no? Do you stop believing in God? Do you start to question the existence of God? The challenges of life have a way letting us know where our beliefs lie. I remember the Lord speaking through my wife one night. I was going through seeking God for answers. I was getting depressed and discouraged. She lovingly reminded me to look at what God has been doing, what we already have, and to focus on God. My need at the time was dominating my relationship with God. I had to repent. Have you ever been there? When what you are seeking God for dominates every aspect of your relationship with Him. The motivation of our worship and praise becomes a method or formula to getting answers from God. Sometimes we think we are doing the right thing because we think this is all faith is. Faith says God is the creator of all living things. Faith says God is faithful, merciful, and gracious. Faith says God has a plan for my live in the mist of dire circumstances. Faith says I communicate with Him and He communicates with me. John 20: 29 says, “Jesus said to him, “You believe because you see me. Great blessings belong to the people who believe without seeing me!”- ERV.
Faith is believing and not seeing. This is the faith that is pleasing to God. It is pleasing to God when we do not doubt His existence when the storms of life come and the world tells you he does not exist. Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God. How can you communicate, love, trust, and rely on someone you do not believe in? When you do have faith in God there is peace, strength, hope, and courage in knowing you have a God that is with you and loves you deeply.
Heavenly Father thank You that Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. You will never leave me nor forsake me. You are with me in every season of life. Whether I am thirsty and in need you are my source who satisfies. Calm all my doubt and sooth all my fears in Jesus name amen.