"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." Galatians 5:6 This is the sum of life. The purpose and the rewards all hinge on this.
"Without faith it is impossible to please God." Hebrews11:6 Before I began a day by day personal friendship with Jesus, I did not know how to reach God and to hear from Him actively. That came after I accepted Jesus as Saviour, started praying and began reading the Bible. I did not know how to please God, but now I know that when He opens up a season of faith, and I go forward with Him, He is pleased with me. Before my faith life, at no point did God ever say that He was pleased with me.
"We walk by faith not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7. Natural sight is prone to a lot of input. It can be confused by Satan, by telepathic messages from the deceiver and worldly, it can be afflicted by unbelief and doubt, or self can clutter our view. Satan always tries to put his view into your mind and heart. The only thing to look at is what God is saying and doing. By reminding yourself of what God said before, His promises to you and how to go about the faith life. This makes faith active and real in the present.
Abraham "Did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." Romans 4:20,21. Abraham was given promises by God and even when unbelief came, at another level was his faith. He believed what God said would come true, and chose to ignore the unbelief. That is what we also should do. Constantly remind ourselves of God's promise, give Him glory all along the way and even more when the promise materialises.
Michael Hume. Christian since 1987, and in a daily personal relationship with Jesus. A freelance writer. abelongs to author.