"And 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 seek Him " (Heb 11:6, NAS).
I am standing in the valley of the shadow of death trying not to look at the mountain but the solution. Surprisingly, a still small voice challenges me to BE faith versus to have faith. My cry to God: How do I become faith? He takes me on an awesome journey through the Word.
What is faith? Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrew 11:1 KJV). It is through love my prayers are answered, and the godly desires of my heart are manifested on earth. Jesus is love incarnate and the only thing for which I should hope.
God reigns absolutely from His heavenly realm unseen by you and me, but the world did see Jesus rise on the third day with dominion regained just for you and me. I am challenged to climb out of the valley and to reach the mountaintop. God wants me to be faith walking and talking as if I were Jesus himself?!
An imperfect believer like me can reach such a lofty goal because of the redeeming power of the Blood of the Lamb. When I acknowledge the sacrifice, it washes me clean and transforms me. I am made pleasing to God just like Jesus is. Limitless access to the throne of grace is gained. It liberates me from the burden of sin as well as the shame and guilt this curse carries.
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood...(Romans 3:25 NLT). I can arrive on the battlefield of life knowing the victory is already won.
I take that leap and embody faith. God only sees His perfect and precious firstborn when I approach. The promise of deliverance from my many troubles is realized. I can tread upon those serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy.
Faith, the size of a mustard seed, can move a mountain. God only knows what faith the size of me can overcome; For nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37 NLT).