Hebrews 11:6 KJV 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.
The ONLY WAY to please God is to have faith in Him. Hebrews 11:6 is saying “APART from faith there is no way that we can please God. We don’t please Him by anything that we can do or accomplish…but by our faith IN Him. That being said, REAL faith can be seen by our actions.
James 2:17 AMP So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).
Faith is NOT some invisible feeling just floating around in the atmosphere. Jesus made many comments about people’s faith, both good and bad. He made all these comments AFTER He saw their actions and their reactions. Here is one example of many…..
Matthew 9:1-7 NLT Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to His own town. Some people brought to Him a paralyzed man on a mat. SEEING THEIR FAITH, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, My child! Your sins are forgiven.” …….Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up and went home!
One final thought. It’s hard to “believe in” someone you don’t trust, and it’s hard to trust someone you don’t know. So, my advice is to spend time getting to know God, which will create trust, which will allow you to BELIEVE IN God. And you know what that does, right? It pleases Him.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen