God’s greatest pain is to be doubted. His greatest pleasure is to be believed.
Faith thrives in the rich fertile soil of fellowship with God
Hebrews 11:6 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 seek Him.
“Nobody reaches God’s presence until he has learned to believe, until he has learned to believe that God exists and that He reveals himself to those who sincerely look for Him.”
Knox and Taylor translation
John 17:3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Real faith is the result of a living relationship and fellowship with God.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Faith is never judged by a moment… it is judged over a life.
Hebrews 10:35 “Don’t cast away your confidence which has a great reward.”
Delay must always be challenged by confidence.
There are 3 way’s people approach faith.
Magic; you pull it out when life is bad… problems go away…
A formula; do these five, six or seven things or steps…
Relationship; something “that is built over a lifetime”
Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God”
“Father, I thank you that you hear me… Lazarus come forth” (John 11:41,43)
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; And it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.
2 Timothy 1:12 “I know in whom I believe”
Relationship is where faith Grows and develops.
You cannot have faith in God beyond the degree that you know him.
It’s in the romance you discover his voice!