Topic: God’s Business Code
[DCLM Daily Manna 18 September 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Hebrews 11:4-6 (KJV)
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 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.
Key Verse: “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).
Understanding the subject and the object faith is very important in our accomplishment of any spiritual exploit in life. A sinner needs faith to be saved, sanctified and baptised in the Holy Spirit. The sick needs faith to be healed and the oppressed, to be delivered. The needy needs faith for provisions and the discouraged needs faith to move forward. Faith achieves the impossible, the unattainable and the seemingly unaccomplishable. What then is faith? It is trusting or believing the words of God and acting on His precepts, regardless of the circumstances.
Our passage today centres on two key figures and what they accomplished through faith. Abel was a direct descendant of Adam. He offered a sacrifice unto the Lord. His sacrifice was therefore evaluated as a “more excellent sacrifice”. Enoch was another patriarch mentioned in this passage who pleased God. This earned him an automatic translation to heaven without seeing death! These two patriarchs did not have the Bible, a preacher or a counsellor; yet, by deliberate desire, they displayed their utter submission to God. Without such total submission to God and His word, it is impossible to please God.
Faith means Forsaking All I Trust Him. It transcends every human or spiritual barrier. It makes us to literally stand on the word of God and unmoveably rely on its truth.
Without faith, victory in life’s vicissitudes will be unattainable, pleasing God and receiving anything from Him will be a foreclosed issue. As believers, we must always have faith in God if we want our prayers answered and our life’s battles won. In sum, faith is the code for our spiritual transaction.
Thought For The Day: Faith is the currency of all transactions with God.
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