THE FAITH SERIES: 5
THE THREE INGREDIENTS OF FAITH: BELIEVE THAT GOD IS
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. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
To continue our discussion on faith it will be useful to look at what I have titled the ingredients of faith, they are three in all, you could call them steps or parts it really does not matter. These three must be present for you to walk in the God kind of faith.
Hebrew 11:6 is crucial to our study. It starts with 'But without faith it is impossible to please God..' Meaning there is no substitute to walking in faith if you want to please God, period!
Anything we do if it is to have acceptance before God, it has to be done in faith (Romans 14:23). God has an 'obsession' to be believed because He is a Spirit ( see Romans 8:8, Hebrews 11:3)
The primary desire of any right thinking Christian should and must be to please God (Revelations 4:11). Since that is the case it becomes imperative that we get it right. The beauty of Hebrews 11:6 is that the B part explains why this is so and how to achieve this objective. It gives the three parts that produces the kind of faith that pleases God.
'.......for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6b KJV)
These are the three steps of faith, they all have to be present, 2 out of 3 would not do. If these three parts are present it will produce healing, joy, peace, wisdom, deliverance, material possession or whatever it is you need that is promised in the covenant.
The first step is that you must BELIEVE THAT GOD IS! What this means is that you must believe that God exist and He is who He says He is. This is the starting point. There is no point coming to Him if you have any doubts about His existence and the veracity of His word. Every word of His is sustained by the integrity of His person. So when you come to Him you must believe that He can backup everything that He has said (Hebrews 1:3, Titus 1:2)
A practical example is when you are sick and you come to Him, you must believe'.......by whose stripes ye were healed'. (1 Peter 2:24 in part KJV). This verse implies that what you are asking for is already done. The type or severity of the sickness makes no difference with God. This applies to every aspect of our Christianity as long as there is provision for it in the new covenant. This is the first step of faith, it cannot be circumvented, if this step or ingredient is missing or skipped every other thing is a waste of time. You must first settle in your mind and BELIEVE THAT HE IS.
As important as this step is, it is not enough, you need two more to make it effective, it's like a gun, you need to load it with a bullet, then cork it, take your aim before you fire.
THOSE THAT COME TO HIM MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS