January 21, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 15

What is faith? In our world faith is a term that can be thrown around loosely and this is no more prevalent than inside the church walls. If you asked the average person at church if they have faith, most people would answer yes. However, I would not say that everyone who says they have faith is actually telling the truth.

Why would I make this claim? I make this claim because of Genesis 15:6 and the example of Abraham throughout the rest of the book of Genesis. God made a claim to Abraham that was outrageous. He told him that he would have a son and a great nation would come from his offspring. Abraham was so old that this was physically impossible and and had never happened before. God might as well have told him that he would have super powers and be able to fly. Yet, Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness to Abraham. Abraham trusted God based on his belief in God, not in possibilities or circumstances. Abraham demonstrated his belief through action. He cut up animals, which were like currency in those days, and offered them to God. It would be like asking us to go take a thousand dollars out of the bank and set it on fire. Would you do that? Faith is based on a belief in God for who he is and acting on that faith by obeying God’s commandments.

The actions of most of us in the church today do not reflect this kind of faith. Our church attendance keeps declining, the thought of tithing makes many of us “uncomfortable,” having a quiet time is too hard for most of us and the amount of Christians who share their faith is below 10% according to most research.

So my question for you to ponder is, do you have faith?

By: Chad Wiles

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Lexington & Richmond KY

7 thoughts on “January 21, 2016”

  1. I love this passage. It reminds me that when God asks something of us that sounds a little crazy, it’s ok to ask God “are you sure?” I don’t think faith necessarily means jumping straight into something without asking a few questions.

  2. As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. – Genesis 15:12

    Note, Holy fear prepares the soul for holy joy; the spirit of bondage makes way for the spirit of adoption. God wounds first, and then heals; humbles first, and then lifts up.

    Isaiah, for example…And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” – Isaiah 6:5, which is soon followed by “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” – Isaiah 6:7

    (v.13-15) They must first be in the horror and darkness of Egyptian slavery, and then enter with joy into the good land; and therefore he must have the foretaste of their sufferings, before he had the foresight of their happiness.

    The gospel of God brings hope to this man today. Thank you, Chad!

  3. Dang, Chad. Ya came in strong at the end. This quote, “Faith is based on a belief in God for who he is and acting on that faith by obeying God’s commandments,” followed by those straight-to-the-point challenges at the end. Thank you for being willing to push us to the sort of faith that really counts–the kind that is followed and accompanied by action. Man, I really want to seek God’s help to live this way.

  4. This is the very thing that strikes me, this time around, about this very passage. God said…..Abram believed it!! Period. Not, if and or but…..period. God’s word doesn’t intimate that we should believe his word only until we are tired of waiting on him…..haven’t seen the result that we want to see….. and to only believe it in our head…..but with our whole heart. There are no limits on God’s expectation that we take him at his word. It has taken many years of difficulty in many areas of life for me to realize that FAITH must be a constant….to never give up believing that God means what he says and that he holds true to his promises. This is my prayer for CPC and for Christians around the world. Oh, that we would ignite the world with our belief in what God tells us!!

  5. Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

    Father, increase my faith, help my unbelief, cause me to earnestly seek you with a whole heart. I desire to partake of You, my very great reward. Please do this work in me!

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