Faith Alive in You
- Date: January 12, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” (Hebrews 3:12)
- From Great Faith
In Hebrews, He tells us in the third and fourth chapters a few things about faith that are very important. God speaks judgment on His people because of their habitual lack of faith, and He says in Chapter 3, verse 10-He said, "Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways." That's a sad indictment, isn't it? A generation, a people, that always err in their hearts. Doctrine is fine, but their hearts are far from God. They approach Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him.
Sounds like the generation we're living in-a lot of rhetoric, a lot of Bible study, a lot of quoting of Scripture. God says, "I want your hearts. I want you to return to Me, your first love. I want it to be relational. I don't want it to be anything that's legalistic, that's even systematic," as so many of our prayer times and our devotions are. Systematic devotions are necessary. They really are vital to us, but if we're trusting in them, we've erred, haven't we? We don't trust in our devotions; we trust in God. We trust in the confrontation that we have with Him in those hours, and if we walk out of His presence not having heard His voice, it doesn't avail us, because faith for the day comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. If we've started the day and have not received rhema from God, if we haven't heard the voice of God, we don't have any fresh impetus. There's not a fresh anointing that's working in our lives, and we're going about our day in rote, many times assuming faith but not really receiving that vitality that comes from the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.
So he says, "Take heed, brethren, [verse 12] lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God." Now, He states that these are a people that always erred in their hearts and have not known His ways, and then he says, "So take heed." He's telling us, "Take heed"-New Testament, New Covenant people-"Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief…" Now, this is the exact opposite of biblical faith-an evil heart of unbelief. This word "unbelief" is an interesting word in the Greek here. It means to be unpersuadable. In other words, we receive the Word of God-we have the illumination, or as Jesus taught in His parable on the sower, the Word comes; we receive it with gladness-but then what happens? Because there is no foundation, there's no root in ourselves, immediately the enemy comes and removes it. "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing [this may seem like something that's not important-in departing] from the living God."
A question for us is, "Is God book learning to you, or is He alive in you?" Is He in your memory, or is He in your heart? Is He a God of history and you remember when, but what about today? Today is the day of our salvation. So as we're understanding this-this need for faith to be vital, for it to be a dynamic thing that's alive in us. He said, "…exhort one another daily, while it is called To day…" How important these exhortations are. Many of us say, "Well, bless God, I think I'm doing fine, and I'm walking in the Spirit." "…exhort one another daily…"-and you're not the exception to needing to be exhorted. This Word is alive; it's powerful. It is good for rebuke, reproof, instruction into righteousness and for our exhortation and if it's alive in you, then there is an exhorting of one another. Not just a stirring up of the gift that's in us but an exhorting of one another. Why? Lest there be in us an evil heart of unbelief.