Why is our Faith is so Important to God? (Part 1)

WHY IS OUR FAITH SO IMPORTANT TO GOD?

A more accurate question would be, “Why is our faith in God so important to God?”

Faith is so important to God, that He chose faith to be the way we get saved.  Here’s a little question to wrestle with.  The answers to this little question will give us insight into the answer to the big question: Why is our faith so important to God?  Here’s the little question:  Why did God choose the means of salvation that He did?  I mean, why did God Almighty decide that the way we get saved is through this thing called faith?  Why is it not based on good works, even though that’s been popular opinion for ages?

Here are a few Answers from the Bible:

1) As sinners, our works aren’t good enough and pure enough before the eyes of God.

It’s like this: how foolish would it be for a fish to try to live like a human and get out of water?  That fish will die trying!  Here is a fish, who was born in water, has a nature only thrives on water, and has lived in water his whole life, he cannot try to act like a man.  Maybe, he might be able to walk for a little bit.  I do some fishing here and there, and I’ve seen fish walk.  The fish can try to dance like a human being, and pull it off for a little while, I’ve seen fish dance on land too.  But, here’s the point: Like the fish who was born wired in a way to live only in water like a fish, so the sinner was born in sin and has sin wired in his core!  The sinner can try to act like righteous man, just like a fish can try to act like a human being.  Both will die trying!

A fish trying to act and be human is not impressive!  In the same way, a sinful human trying his/her best to be moral and holy is not impressive at all to God.  We were born a fish-so to speak, and that is why we need to be born again!  We were born sinners, and therefore, we need to come to Jesus and get born again through faith in Him.  When we can born again, we get born again into a brand new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)!  Now, as a righteous man (2 Corinthians 5:21), we can act righteous and not kill ourselves doing it, and we can impress God to a point of receiving eternal rewards from Him.  Point being: People, we need a new nature before trying new tricks or a new lifestyle!  The Father made Jesus that doorway from sinner to righteous, and when people come to Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives them a new nature, and the person becomes a child of God, and is now capable of living like God.

2) God didn’t want anyone to boast.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that is not of yourself, it is a gift of God, not the result of works lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8) Trusting God for a breakthrough is different from trying hard for a breakthrough.  Those in the second group have faith in themselves, and they are releasing their power, and they should give themselves the glory.  Those who trust God have faith in God and God releases His supernatural power, and therefore God deserves the glory!

3) God values relationship with us.

But then, there is another reason why God chose faith as man’s way to be saved.  What God values more than morality is relationship.  Now, I’m not saying morality is not important, it is!  Falling short in holiness and morality will rob us from the life that God desires to bless us with.  However, I am convinced that God values relationship over performance.

The Lord created man for relationship with Him, He didn’t create man to be His little moral robots.  That is why He gave us free will.  That is why after mankind messed up morally or in holiness, the Lord still reached out to them in love!  He reached out in the Garden of Eden by preparing clothing, and that was a foreshadow of what He would do by sending His Son to the cross for our sins, so that we may be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus.  That is why people like Abraham and David were His favorite, because even through they weren’t the most morally perfect, they had faith in Him.    That’s what God wanted from Day 1 He created mankind.  He gave a few rules, not because He wanted to make Adam and Eve work for His acceptance, love, and approval!   So, He could create a trusting relationship, where He would trust them with many things, and they would trust Him enough to obey what He says.  The reason we desire trustful relationships, is because we are made in God’s image.

I’m not saying we ignore morality and shun holiness!  Those who grow closer to their relationship with the Holy God, will develop greater holiness in their life!  But, our focus isn’t morality, but our relationship with Jesus!  Some Christians mess up morally and they feel so condemned that they throw away the relationship!  Don’t do that!  Jesus is more interested in a relationship with you, than your moral performance before Him.  If you fail, go to Him!  He will work with you!  Our God doesn’t just pant for our presents we offer Him, He longs for our presence!   He longs for intimacy with us!  He longs for a people to trust and love him like Abraham and David, He doesn’t need pharisees who trust in themselves.  Trust God!  Have faith in God!  God loves faith, because it’s relational, and He is relational, and He longs for relationship with us!  Anyone can do it.

4) So anyone can do it.

I believe if Christianity was a moral club, only a few could join.  But, because Christianity is a relationship, everyone can join- because we are all relational beings created in the image of a relational God.  We all have capacity for relationship!  Faith is not rocket science, faith is relationship!  Coming to faith in Jesus is all relational!  We come to Jesus and talk to Him and say, “I’m sorry for my sin, I believe in you, come into my heart, be the Lord of my life!”  That’s so relational!  It’s so easy!

5) God wants partnership.

God chose faith as our way to salvation because faith involves partnership.  God values partnership with us because He values relationship with us.  God doesn’t want to be a performer and let us just watch Him show off.  God wants to work with us.  He wants a partnership where I have a part and He has a part.  This is why faith is a partnership:  God has to speak to us, and we need to trust Him.  It’s not my job to create ideas to believe in and design opinions to live off of.  It’s not my position to determine how I will get saved from hell.  That’s God’s job.  He sets the rules and the standards.  My job is trust Him enough to act according to my trust in Him.

For example, Abraham is a man of faith, because He first had God speak to him and call him out!  Then, Abraham responded with enough trust to leave his hometown comforts and follow God.  God talks about Abraham as His friend! (James 2:23)  A friendship that is any good has the element of trust.  God trusted Abe enough to call him out, and Abe trusted God enough to follow.  If God didn’t speak to Abraham, and Abraham went off to a distant land, Abraham wouldn’t be the father of faith!  He would just be an adventrous dude!  If God didn’t want Abe to venture to a distant land, but Abe went anyways, that’s not faith in God, it’s rebellion towards God.

It has happened more than once, where an Assistant Pastor- who are serving under a Senior Pastor, want to be a Senior Pastor, so they go off and start their own church- and some, even take members from their previous church, and some, even start a church within a mile radius of the church they left.  That Assistant Pastor might think he’s stepping out in faith, but if God didn’t clearly speak to him, he’s not operating in faith!  If God wanted him to serve under the Senior Pastor his whole life, but he was so rash and ambitious that he started his own church- he’s in disobedience, not faith.

When it comes to living by faith, which we who are justified in Christ are called to do (Romans 1:17), we have to partner with God.  He has to give the information, the revelation, the direction, and we have to put our trust in what He says!  The difference between a man of faith and a man of foolishness, is the man of faith let’s God do His part, and willingly does his own part.  The man of foolishness on the other hand just tries to do everything- he wants to set his standards, come up with his own big dreams, design his own ministry, and trust God to bless all that.  The man of faith sees what God is doing, and does it, God commands a blessing on him.  The man of foolishness does what he wants, and asks God to bless it!  It’s a partnership.  It’s a relationship.

Some people think that they don’t have to do anything, and God will still bless them!  They don’t think they need to study the Word, confess the Word, and pray for or against things.  They think that God’s sovereign grace will make everything pan out for good for them.  And if they go through crap it’s because the good Lord is leading them to it to teach them a valuable lesson.  The Bible says we are co-laborers with Christ!  (1 Corinthians 3:9) We have been given the keys of the kingdom (Matthew 16:19).  God has brought us into a partnership, and we have a part to play!

The Partnership of God’s grace and our faith!

Some might think, I don’t need all this faith teaching, I don’t need all these faith principles, I don’t want to take away from the grace of God.  Here’s the deal.  God, by His grace, provided salvation and a whole lot more which Jesus purchased for us on the cross(Eph. 1:3).  But, it’s our faith that brings these things into our lives!  God provided a means of salvation for every single human being out there!  Jesus was the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).  However, not everyone will be saved!  Was God not gracious?  Yes He was and is!  But, unless we receive by faith, what God made available by grace, we will go without it!  This is one partnership that we have with God: He provides the grace, and We respond with faith!  He sent the blessing attachment to your e-mail by grace, now it’s your responsibility to download it by faith.  If you don’t download it, you won’t have it!

God has a Kingdom with all these blessings.  It’s like if God had a webpage with all these free downloads.  We can enter the webpage through Christ.  Jesus is the password!  Now, God by His grace uploaded everything, so we need to use our faith to download these blessings into our personal computer.  Get it? It’s our job to use our faith to download these blessings into our lives.  Some just get into the website, but never download anything, thinking that God by grace will download His blessings for them into their computer.

Some like to have theological debates about the different blessings available for download, and they read every book on certain blessings, but they never click and download it into their lives.  Some have had these supposed “experts” tell them that they can only download: the eternal heaven blessing, and the peace in the midst of storms blessing.  But, they are told to stay away from the healing blessing, the prosperity blessing, the joy blessing, the deliverance blessing, the breakthrough blessing, the Holy Spirit resurrection power blessing, the drunk in the Spirit blessing, the prophetic/hearing from God blessing, just to name a few!   It’s all made available by grace!!!!!  We get to use our faith to download each and every single one!

A little heads up, website might be a little confusing- b/c it’s very different from the other websites, but we have a private tutor who will help us, His name is the Holy Spirit!!!!  We have mentors who have gone ahead of us, and downloaded more than we have, and we can learn from them about all that’s available and how to bring it into our personal lives!  Everything is already paid for!  Hey, just one more little note: Some blessings take a longer than other blessings to download.  Just stay in faith, keep believing, don’t push cancel after already 22% has been downloaded.  How do you push cancel?  Negativity from doubt and unbelief!

Faith works for Salvation, but not just for salvation
(Acts 6:5) talks about Stephen being a man who was “full of faith.”  What does it mean to be full of faith?  It means that He was full of the full gospel!  The Gospel is what brings faith: “And how are they to preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, ‘how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Isaiah says, ‘Lord who has believed what he has heard from us?’ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:15-17)

Faith comes from hearing what?  Bad news of how we are all filthy sinners? Bad news of how mad God is at humanity? No! Faith comes from the good news of Jesus Christ!  The good news or gospel of Jesus Christ is not just about the promise that we can all go to heaven!  No!  That is part of the gospel, but not the full gospel!  The full gospel includes the full range of the blessings available in Christ:  becoming a new creation, receiving the Holy Spirit, living without condemnation, living victorious, dying to our old lives, being one with Jesus, being delivered from evil spirits, hearing God’s voice, and being healed physically, etc.!  There are so many promises in Scripture!  We shouldn’t reduce the gospel of Christ to salvation from hell and sin.  While those are important components, there is so much more included!  There is so much to this package!  When you get into God’s Kingdom through the password Jesus, there is so much you can download into your personal life!
A lesson from Six Flags Magic Mountain

  • The most amazing ride at Six Flags is the X-2.  I will not go on to describe it, but it’s a rush!  The second craziest ride is Goliath.  It has the most gut wrenching drop.  My friend blacked out after that drop and went through the rest of the coaster unconscious.  Now, this is what would trip me out: If my wife (who hates rollercoasters), enjoyed X-2 and Goliath, but was deathly afraid of the Carasel.  Think about that?  It happens all the time when it comes to the park of Faith.
  • Christians believe for something so amazing as Jesus, the actual Son of God coming into their heart!  Then, they believe for something so crazy as spending eternity in heaven with mansions and glory and streets of gold!  But, they can’t believe God for victory over lust.  They can’t believe God for peace and joy.  They can’t believe God for their own healing.  They can’t believe that God wants to speak to them!  They can’t believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  They can’t believe that their life will impact nations!  They can’t believe for more boldness!
  • Why is this so?
  • It’s because faith comes by hearing.  We’ve heard so much about Jesus coming into our heart that faith has risen in that area.  We’ve heard so much about how heaven is our inheritance, and as the gospel was preached, faith came.  Jesus in the heart and heaven in the future is not the full gospel!  “Forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2) Get the full gospel!  That word Salvation in the Greek is the word SOZO, and it speaks of more than just a saved soul!  It speaks of a wholistic salvation, body, soul, and spirit!  SOZO speaks of salvation from sin, but also healing from sicknesses, and deliverance from demons!  It’s our inheritance.
  • Pray that we man see all that is available to download:  “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18)
  • When you see a new download, download it by faith.  Believe God for it!  Ask God for it!  Declare it boldly into your life because faith speaks what it sees before it sees it!  Don’t speak against it or push cancel.  Then, see it applied to your life!  When you get it working in your personal life, testify to another brother or sister in Christ, and encourage them to download it too.
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