Each year, as I make this pledge for the month of September, to abstain from dairy and sugar, and allow God to have my cravings, I’m never disappointed.
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you”John 14:16-17, NASB
The Helper has repeatedly wiped the grime from my apathetic heart. In my last post: “I Live For _________,” I was reminded how sin can so cunningly target my heart secretly planting amongst my innocent daily activities. Later as I was reading from The Kingdom of God Visualized, by Ray E. Baughman, a torpedo pierced my heart. I read: “The Life of Faith is the only one that will please God.” Why did I feel so convicted from reading that statement? What was so different from reading Hebrews 11:6, “Without Faith it is impossible to please Him?”
I had read the Bible verse numerous times, but it never seemed to “knock me for a loop” the way Baughman’s statement had. “The life of faith is the only one that will please God.” I began thinking about the life I was living. Did it look like a life of faith? Or, did my life look like one of worry, or maybe a life of complaining, and what about a life of wanting, wanting sweets? I didn’t feel confident that my actions were exhibiting a life of faith much less my thought life!
A life of faith is rooted and grounded in the truth of Scripture. So, I live by faith when I believe Scripture is truth. God says:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes will not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:16
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.John 14:3
Because I live you shall live also.John 14:19
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.2 Timothy 1:7
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
The life of faith is the only one that will please God, period!