[bibletalk] What Faith Will Not Do

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From: "Stephen Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:50:21 -0400
What Faith Will Not Do

The  need  to  have  faith  in God is a truth that no “religious”
person  would  dispute.  There are as many different ways to show
faith as there are believers. In fact, James writes that faith is
shown  by  the things that we do (2:18). Faith can do things like
move mountains (Matthew 17:20), heal a sickness (Matthew 8:6-13),
and  cast  out  demons  (Matthew 15:22-28). As great as faith is,
there are some things that true faith will not do.

Faith will not worry about life’s necessities. In Matthew 6:24-34
Christ  addresses  these  people  with  the tone that they should
already  know  not  to be worried about those things. Verse 24 is
the  key  verse  in this discourse. Jesus states we “cannot serve
God  and  mammon”  and  that “Therefore …Take no thought for your
life”.  Clearly  a  right  faith  in God will not allow one to be
concerned  about  daily  needs for they would know God is already
taking care of those things.

Faith  will not allow one to leave the service of God. The Hebrew
writer  unquestionably  says  that  those that leave God have “an
evil  heart  of  unbelief” (Hebrews 3:12). That same “evil heart”
will  not  allow  us to enter into heaven, the rest of God. Faith
knows  that  there  is no better life than in the service of God.
Abraham,  our model of faith in both Testaments, even went as far
as  intending  to kill his son of promise, Isaac (Genesis 22:10).
His  faith would not allow him to doubt the promise that God made
to him.

Faith will not be fearful of our physical surroundings/situation.
Faith  tells  us  that  “God  is  our  refuge  and  strength” and
“Therefore  will  not  we  fear” (Psalm 46:1-2). It is that faith
that  allowed Joshua and Caleb to say “If the LORD delight in us,
then  he  will  bring  us  into this land, and give it us; a land
which  floweth with milk and honey” (Num 14:8) even when the rest
of Israel was saying “We be not able to go up against the people;
for  they  are stronger than we” (Num 13:31). Do we not serve the
same  God  that  Joshua and Caleb did? If God was able to deliver
the promised land to the children of Israel then, He is certainly
more  than  able  to  deliver  to us now. That same faith allowed
David  to  declare that he would not fear though he “walk through
the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4).

Faith will indeed do many things. Without it our life is useless.
But faith will not do everything. Those with faith, even a little
faith,  can do anything our Father needs us to do. If you wish to
do  the  will of God, then begin by believing that He is and that
He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

In Christ, Steve Preston

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