As Christians we often say things like I could never do that or my ministry will never be that. I have been guilty of saying these very things and God really convicted me over this during the past few weeks. He has shown me when we set spiritual limitations it is due to a lack of faith not a lack of ability. Hebrews 11:3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. NKJV We can only go as far in our spiritual journey as our faith is deep. Hebrews 11:6 says But without faith it is impossible to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I want to break this scripture up into 3 sections this morning.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him” The natural mind has limitations and boundaries that it sets to protect us. There are things in the physical that we cannot do and the mind lets us know our limitations. For example, if there is a concrete wall in front of me my mind knows I can’t physically walk through that wall so it sets limitations and tells me to stop. Without faith the same thing will happen in the spiritual journey. Our minds will set limitations, commonly known as the I can’t syndrome. The entire chapter 11 in Hebrews is about faith. It gives us example after example of how powerful faith is from Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. Even the walls of Jericho came down by faith. Those walls didn’t fall because they marched around them for seven days. Those walls fell because they believed with all that they were that if God said those walls would fall then those walls would fall and that is how we need to be today in our spiritual journey. If God has called you to do it then you have to believe with everything that you are that it will come to pass. Don’t let your mind limit you and cause you not to fulfill your purpose or calling. Read each of the stories of the people listed in Hebrews and know that the same exact God that they served it the same exact God you are serving. He didn’t do anything for them that he won’t do for us if we have faith and believe that he will do it.
“For he who comes to God must believe that He is,” We have to believe that God is _________. I put a blank line there because you have to believe God is whatever you need in that moment to continue on in your spiritual journey. If you are feeling weak, uncapable then you fill in the blank with strength. God is your strength. You don’t have the means to do what God is calling you to do then fill in the blank with Provider. God is your provider. You feel lost and unsure of what direction to take. Then you fill in the blank with Shepherd. God is my shepherd. This is where we so often mess up because we allow our minds to set limitations out of fear, doubt, and skepticism. If our faith is strong enough then we may not see how we are going to do it but we know that God will do it. He just wants our faith in Him to be so strong that we accomplish everything He has called us to do. A lot of us will never accomplish everything God has for you because of our lack of faith. Today, let’s put those blinders on to everything around us and just focus on what God has for us and believe that no matter what if God has called you to do it then you will do it. Don’t let anything hold you back from what God is calling us to do.
“and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” The word diligently means constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything. If we diligently seek Him and follow Him by faith knowing that He is never going to leave us nor forsake us. That we continue to seek Him and follow Him by faith when things are hard in our lives and when things seem to be falling apart that He is going to bring us through it. God never called us to be failures but to be successful in our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes our reward is heaven but I also believe there will be some earthly rewards by diligently seeking Him. I believe we will see souls saved in record numbers. We will see people get on fire for God and we will see God begin to move in this world like we have never seen. God will begin to move in us like we have never seen.
Hope you all have a great day in Jesus Christ!!