The other day, there was an online promotion of Luna Park all day entry. So, I thought I bought a few tickets for our family to visit since I had not been there. I believed that the kids would be so thrilled to know that I had bought them a trip to Lune Park. So, at one breakfast, I revealed the good news to them. They were so happy and excited. And as a dad, I was so happy too. For a few days, they could not stop talking about it, and they even boasted to some of their friends that they were going to Luna Park.
Now, how do you think I felt? Happy? Proud? Of course. But above all, I felt honoured. Why? Because they believed when I said that I would take them to Luna Park. I would have felt otherwise if they did not believe me then. But since they believed and spread the word around, I felt honoured and loved because they appreciated my love for them. Now, if that’s a big deal to me, imagine how big a deal it would be to our Father in heaven.
That’s why faith is not just conviction that God is who He says He is. Faith is also the conviction that God will do what He says He will do. God is very pleased when we believe Him in that way. And with that, I should also include here the conviction that God has done what He says He has done.
The Bible says so many things about what God has done, what He continues to do, and what He will do. From Genesis to Revelation, God has revealed to us His characters and His work in the history of mankind. So, you need to ask the question: What has the Bible revealed about His Story in the history? What has God done in the past? What is God currently doing? And what is God going to do in the end? Understanding them and believing them, that’s Faith.
One warning though!! Many people in the name of Faith, demand God to do something that He never promised to do. Be very careful! No matter how big a faith you have, God will never do things that is contradicting to His Character or that is violating His promise.
Let me give you an example. God is the God who heals. You can ask for healing, and you must have faith that God can heal. But you must not demand Him to heal because He never promises to heal everyone. When Jesus came to earth, He did not heal everyone.
Another example is regarding asking God for blessings. Yes, God is the giver of all good gifts, and when you ask, you must have faith. But, you must not demand God to grant you anything you ask for in the name of faith. It’s interesting that many times we do ask in the name of faith instead of asking in the name of Jesus.
Speaking about Jesus, the Bible has revealed so many things of what God has done in the history. But Jesus in John 5:39 declares that the Scriptures are about Him. If you read Genesis 3, particularly verse 15, as soon as Adam and Even fell into sin, God already revealed what He is going to do through Jesus Christ. So, right from the beginning, God has been working to bring about His Redemption plan through Jesus Christ. And after Jesus’ death and resurrection, He continues to work to bring about the final judgement and restoration in the end of age, again through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, ultimately, the conviction that God will do what He says He will do is the conviction about Jesus Christ and all His work in fulfilling God’s plan for us. That’s why God says that when you have seen Jesus, you have seen God the Father. Because Jesus has fulfilled everything that God the Father has revealed.
Human has sinned. We are hopeless. God provides the way out through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus came down to earth as a man. He died in our place to receive the punishment of our sins. He rose again to give us hope for our future. He ascended to heaven, and is interceding for us continually until this very day. He will return and bring the final judgement. Those who have faith will rise up with him, those who don’t will stand condemned.
Friends, do you believe that? If you believe, that’s faith. Because you believe that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do. As a result, therefore, we will do what He says we should do. And we will cover this at the next post 🙂