We’ve Come This Far by Faith

20 06 2013

383006-R1-18-18_019 - CopyI met my wife, Doreen, in Bible College in the ’60s beginning a life of faith together in marriage June 11, 1967. That date may ring a bell for you. It was the end of the miraculous Six Day War, Israel’s amazing victory. My life verse came into focus in those days from the book of Hebrews’ epic “faith chapter”.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Faith has two necessary parts. Until then, I thought it was enough to believe in God. Yet, this verse declares more; extending faith’s definition. Faith requires believing that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. This is God’s character. He rewards our pursuit of Him. If you don’t believe that, you simply do not have Biblical faith. The rest of Hebrews 11 is a profound testimonial to the point. Another verse confirms that believing “in” God is not enough. Demons know God exists, but that certainly does not save them!

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:19-20

The “works” of faith spoken here is not good deeds, but the second part of faith: GOD IS A REWARDER!

Back at Berkshire Christian College, our favorite chorus had these words: We’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord. Trusting in His Holy Word, we’ve come this far by faith, woe-oh-o-oh, woe-oh-o-oh, shadows around me, we’ve come this far by faith.

If you have read any of my five published books, you know I end every chapter with the phrase: GOD IS FAITHFUL! Let me explain why I do that. We do not only believe in God’s existence, we believe in His fully demonstrated character to respond to the cry of any person looking for Him. That character trait distinguishes Yehovah, the God of the Bible (of both Christians and Jews), from all false gods, pretenders and usurpers.

I challenge you to put Him to the test. No matter what you are going through, He is there. He will respond. Call to Him. He is faithful, even when we are not.

As we pray for Israel, we need to apply our faith. We also need to pray for their faith, surrounded by hostile enemies with some flying the Palestinian flag in the midst of God’s land. Pray that Israeli leaders and people will call on the name of the living God for their deliverance from those who would drive them into the sea.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)

(As is my custom, I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)

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