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(Q) What’s one of the most important traits we need to exhibit in our lives in order to please God?
(A) Faith is what God is looking for in an Individual. The whole Bible is a book of faith. The book of Hebrews tells us about faith, what it is, and why we need faith, Hebrews 11:1,3,6: 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Real faith is not just knowing or being convinced that something is true, but accepting something in your own personal life as true for you. Faith is not faith until it’s all you’re holding on to. The following illustration will help you see what I mean. What if we had a famous daredevil who regularly thrilled audiences by walking a tightrope stretched across the Grand Canyon at its shortest distance with a man riding on his shoulders. One day just as he was about to start across, he asked a man in the audience if he believed that he could do it. “Yes,” the man replied, you can do it! He then asked him again if he were sure that he could do it. “Yes,” I’m really sure that you can do it! Good, said the daredevil, because my regular man isn’t here today and I need you to ride over on my shoulders. Now the man was faced with the real issue of faith – he had said that he had believed, but was he willing to stake his life on it? You see, faith is not faith until it’s all your holding on to.
In the Bible, we have a true story which is one of the best examples of real faith. This story is found in the book of Daniel chapter 3. The story is about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. About 600 years before Jesus Christ was born, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon besieged Jerusalem and took captive many of Israel’s finest citizens. Among those deported to Babylon were four young men from the tribe of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
In captivity the youths were given new names. Daniel was called Belteshazzar, Hananiah was called Shadrach, Mishael was called Meshach, and Azariah was called Abednego.
The following is their story from Daniel 3:1-30:
1Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
5That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 6And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. 9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live forever. 10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: 11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. 20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. 26Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. 27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
Through God’s miraculous deliverance of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that day, the rest of the Israelites in captivity were given freedom to worship and protection from harm by the king’s decree. And Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego received a royal promotion.
Thing of Interest from this story:
•The fiery furnace was not a small household oven. It was a huge chamber used to smelt minerals or bake bricks for construction. The death of the soldiers who escorted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego proved that the heat of the fire was not survivable.
•Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were young men when their faith was severely tested. Yet, even threatened with death, they would not compromise their beliefs.
•Who was the fourth man Nebuchadnezzar saw in the flames? Whether he was an angel or a manifestation of Christ, we cannot be certain, but that his appearance was miraculous and supernatural, we can have no doubt. God had provided a heavenly bodyguard to be with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego during their intense time of need.
•God’s miraculous intervention in a moment of crisis is not promised. If it were, believers would not need to exercise faith. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego trusted God and determined to be faithful without any guarantee of deliverance.
When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego courageously took their stand before Nebuchadnezzar, they didn’t know with certainty that God would deliver them. They had no assurance they would survive the flames. But they stood firm anyway. In the face of death could you boldly declare as these three young men did: “Whether God rescues me or not, I will stand for Him. I will not compromise my faith, and I will not deny my Lord.”
There is one question we need to ask about our faith, and that question is – what is the object of our faith? Our faith is only as good as that in which it is placed. That is why we must make sure that our faith is in something that can do for us what it promises to do. No matter how much you may trust your parents, your religion, your church, your rabbis, priests or preachers; you know and I know that you cannot trust them to give you eternal life when you die. They may be able to help you here in life, but they can’t help you afterward, for they too must die. The problem is not that they don’t want to the problem is that they have no power. The only One who can do that is God Himself, who came here as a man to die in our place and pay the penalty for our sins. He proved He has the power to give us life beyond death because He Himself conquered death and lives forever. He did what He promised he would do, and now He can do for you what he promised He will do – give you eternal life if you believe by faith.
In Matthew 8:5-13 there is another great story of faith: 5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
The above story is a good example of how we should be putting our faith in someone who can do what they say they can do. Jesus was God in the flesh so He had the ability to perform anything that was His will to do. In the above case He healed the servant of the centurion because of his great faith. The centurion truly believed Jesus could heal. This is the kind of faith God is looking for in us as human beings.
Do you really need to see God in person, or talk to Him in person before you will believe in Him? After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, what did Jesus Christ tell Thomas one of His disciples in John 20: 24-29: 24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. This is what God is looking for, true faith even though we have never seen God, we know and believe with all our being that He does exist. We believe in Him because we can see His handy work in all of creation. Romans 1:20 say’s no one has any excuse for not believing in Him: 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
Matthew 15 tells us about the faith of a Gentile Woman, Matthew 15:21-28: 21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Without real faith we will never see the gates of heaven, Ephesians 2:8: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
Real faith requires three components; source, an object, and substance.
The Source of faith:
We do not just manufacture true Biblical faith, because scripture state, that what little faith we may have, comes from God, Romans 12:3: 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. The source of real faith is God. We will not and cannot have true Biblical faith apart from Almighty God.
The Object of faith:
The object of true faith is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Any other object of faith comes from Satan. If one’s faith is in themselves, other people, their ability, their determination, their stamina, their status, their faith based organization, or anything else but God, it’s not true Biblical faith.
The Substance of faith:
Going back to Hebrews 11:1 again, it says: 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We must have a clear understanding of the word substance. Strong’s lexicon defines substance as: a setting or placing under; thing put under, substructure, foundation; that which has foundation, is firm; that which has actual existence; a substance, real being; the substantial quality, nature, of a person or thing; the steadfastness of mind, firmness, courage, resolution; confidence, firm trust, assurance.
I’ll try to convey the meaning of substance by using two other words. One is “stuff’ and the other is “body.” If you don’t have any “stuff’ in your taco shell, all you will have to eat is an empty shell. The rest is air. It lacks substance or stuff. When the pouring rain beats a woman’s hair down around her head, her hair no longer has any “body”. It is limp and sagging. The substance of what it once was is gone
Anyone can say they have faith, but what kind is it, if they have any at all? True Biblical faith must have a source, an object and substance all centered in Christ. If you think it is enough to just have faith in yourself, as many do, all you have is apparent faith, but not true actual faith in God. It is from Satan. It has no substance, and it is good for nothing. What is the source of your faith? What is the object of your faith? What substance does your faith have? 1 Corinthians 2:5: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
In Luke 18:8 Jesus said when referring to His Second Coming, ” Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Even now, there is very little true faith on the earth.
Let’s take a look at what’s happening to you in another dimension–the Spirit world. Ephesians 6:12: 12“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places“. There’s a battle raging right at this moment for your very soul. God is calling you to “awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light,” Ephesians 5:14. He tells us in Romans 13:11 that it is “high time to awake out of sleep:” Today, you need to choose “whom ye will serve “Joshua 24:15.
Thank God for the Bible, Friend. Eternity will be outer darkness for the unsaved. No Bibles! No light! It is a terrible thing to walk in darkness through this life. How much worse to be in darkness forever! But anyone can escape the darkness now, in an instant of time. Christ said in John 8: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” Only believe! Have faith! Just trust! No human merit required! Come just as you are! Come to Calvary where God does all the saving and we do only all the being saved. Bring your sins to the cross and go home with the gift of the righteousness of God! Not our own righteousness, but the righteousness of God that comes by grace through FAITH. Romans 3:28: 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 4:5:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 3:25: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
In conclusion, God is looking for faith on the earth. Will He find it? Romans 10:17: 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. God will grant you faith if you are looking for spiritual truth. The point of this verse is that one can believe only what he hears (or reads), and he can hear only what has been said. So faith in God comes only by hearing God, and we can hear (or read) only what He has said by studying His word, the Holy Bible. Believe what you read in His Word, and your faith will increase. Faith, trust, and belief all go together.
Galatians 2:20: 20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Salvation comes only by true FAITH in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Yes, through FAITH, and FAITH ALONE we receive salvation. Without FAITH it’s impossible to please God! FAITH guarantees what hope longs for. Do you want to please God? EXHIBIT FAITH!
Maranatha (Lord Come),