7.11.06

Essentials

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:8 ESV)



The Scriptures say that nothing without faith, or in the flesh, can in any way please God. The obvious inference is that the essentials to please God are faith and being in the Holy Spirit.

In fact the two are really one. For if I am not relying on the Holy Spirit, if I am relying on the flesh - my own natural gifts and abilities - then I have removed the need for faith. I don't need faith to do what I know I can do. It is only when I move beyond my own limits and step out in the Spirit that I need to exercise faith.
The road of faith and the road the Holy Spirit guides us down are one and the same. Nothing we do that veers off this road has any merit before God.

2 comments:

Marcos said...

AMEN--

If I am not relying on the Holy Spirit..Then I have removed the need for Faith--Thats meaty. How many times do we rely on our past experiences,training or books we have read and say oh I can do this..I have done this before".

But we need to constantly remind ourselves that it is by his Spirit that we have true victory and sucess measured by the one who created us. Living by faith is the only true way to please Him.

Oh how I want to please Him!

Marcos

Chris HH said...

Great comment, Marcos.
You've hit the nail on the head!