They are not the same thing. Some believe there is a God. Others put their
faith in God. Knowing there is a God and putting our trust and faith in Him
are two different things. If we were asked; do you believe or do you have
faith? What would our response be? Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
I was talking with a driver last weekend and the thought of faith came to
mind. When a driver straps into a racecar he has trusted his life to the
crew that put the car together. How much faith does it take to trust someone
with your life?
There was a tight rope walker that amazed people by walking across a
great ravine on a single rope. When he got to the other side he asked, "Who
thinks I can walk back with this wheelbarrow?" Someone spoke up and said
they thought he could. The tight rope walker confirmed the man's belief, but
before he answered the tight ropewalker said if you truly believe I can do
it, get in the wheelbarrow.
Are you willing to get in the wheelbarrow? It is very similar to getting
in a racecar someone prepared for you. It takes trust and faith in the team
when you sit in the driverís seat. Driving it to the best finish possible
demonstrates your faith.
I remember a spring race a few years back. The #3 team asked Todd Szegedy
to drive for them. Szegedy got onto a strange car with very little practice.
He qualified well and drove the car home to a third place finish. What
allowed him to drive with such confidence? He could drive the car in this
way because of his faith in the team. His faith and trust in the crew
allowed him to push beyond his unfamiliarity with the car and put doubt out
of his mind.
Do we believe in God or do we just believe there is a God. Many times I
hear people say, "I believe there is a God." That's an interesting thought.
Satan not only believes there is a God, he knows God exists. Knowing that
God exist moves us to a decision point.
Is believing there is a God enough? NO! I think we miss the point if we
think that is all there is. God made a provision through the death and
resurrection of Jesus for us to have a personal relationship with him. God
desires that we know him, not just know of him. God desires to bless us and
help us to live an abundant life. Is it enough to believe He exists?
I was speaking this past weekend about Abraham and the challenge he was
given to put his faith in God. First God asked him to pack up and move.
Where? Iíll tell you later, just put your faith in me. Scriptures says;
Hebrews 11:8-9; It was
by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home
and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went
without knowing where he was going.
And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by
faithófor he was like a foreigner, living in tents.
God provided Abraham a son and then asked him
to sacrifice his son to Him.
11:17-19a; It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice
when God was testing him.
Abraham, who had received Godís promises, was ready to sacrifice his only
son, Isaac, even though God had told him,
ďIsaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.Ē Abraham
reasoned that if Isaac died,
God was able to bring him back to life again.
Even when Godís directions donít give us all
the details or when Godís direction do not make sense to us, faith follows.
Faith overcomes our doubts and fears. By faith we move in the direction God
leads and let Him fill in the details. Faith requires action.
Hebrews tells us about faith...
11:1-3; Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of
what we do not see.
This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that
the universe was formed at God's command,
so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
We don't always see what is done to our
racecars. We also can't see and touch some of the things Scripture tells us.
Just because we cannot see them doesn't mean they are not there. God created
the universe from what we cannot see. Believing He exists is one thing,
trusting Him with your life is another altogether.
Do you remember the wheelbarrow? Are we willing to get in and cross the
ravine? Getting in the wheelbarrow is like putting your life in Godís hands!
Trust God and have faith that He is who he says He is. If you look around
you will see enough evidence in the lives of those who trust God to know he
12:1-2a; Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of
witnesses to the life of faith,
let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so
easily trips us up.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this
by keeping our eyes on Jesus,
the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.
Run the race in such a way as to win, throw off
everything that hinders and focus on Jesus. Amen!
We do have some needs out there, we were unable to cover an ROC race at
Spencer on Friday night and a VMRS race at Seekonk on Saturday. We take very
seriously our commitments and do not take lightly when we have cannot fulfil
them. Please be in prayer for additional workers and resources that will
allow us the opportunity to be with you wherever you are.
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