WITHOUT FAITH

 

20120510Without Faith 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.  By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  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.

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Hebrews 11:1-7

Faith, motivated by love, not logic or reasoning, is what pleases God! Sincerity and presumption have nothing to do with it. The children of Israel were sincere and presumptive and they still were defeated by their enemies. The bible records for our profit and instruction:

“Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.”  And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me.

“Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: ‘The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.  ‘Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.  ‘But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised.  ‘But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.  ‘And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness.  ‘According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.

‘I the LORD have spoken this; I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’ ”

Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land,  those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.  But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land.

Then Moses told these words to all the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly.  And they rose early in the morning and went up to the top of the mountain, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised, for we have sinned!”

And Moses said, “Now why do you transgress the command of the LORD? For this will not succeed.  “Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the LORD is not among you.  “For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned away from the LORD, the LORD will not be with you.”  But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop; nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed from the camp.

Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah. Numbers 14:25-45

The children of Israel rebelled and refused to listen to the LORD when He told them to go in and possess the Promised Land. As a matter of fact they believed the cowardly and unbelieving spies rather than Joshua and Caleb. They took up stones to stone Joshua and Caleb and brought the glory of the Lord to come down. The Lord would have destroyed all of them had not Moses interceded for them that God would forgive them. So God forgave them and granted them their stated desire to die in the wilderness of their own choosing.

The men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, and brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.  While Joshua and Caleb remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land. The children of Israel repented and rose early in the morning and went up to the top of the mountain, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised, for we have sinned!”  But Moses told them that it was too late, “Now why do you transgress the command of the LORD? For this will not succeed.  “Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the LORD is not among you.  For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned away from the LORD, the LORD will not be with you.”

But the children of Israel presumed to go up to the mountaintop; nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed from the camp. As a result  the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah.

The children of Israel did not use their faith to please and obey God the first time and would suffer the consequences of their sin and disobedience. The second time they substituted reason and presumption for faith and still did not obey God but went up to the mountain top to fight the Amalekites and the Canaanites, not believing, that the LORD, was not with them because they had turned away from the LORD.  So they were defeated and fell by the sword before their enemies.  These kind of things do happened in life when men base their decisions and actions on reason and presumption rather than faith and obedience!

Nevertheless by faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.  For God’s word is unchanging:

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.

By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:  who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,  quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.

Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,  God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Hebrews 11:30-40

WALTER KAMBULOW

FACEBOOK: WALT KAM
EXTRACT FROM Be Filled With All The Fullness Of God
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