Faith is Pure Reliance on Jesus
- Date: June 12, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:20-21)
- From Faith That Prevails
This is a troubled world. But in His presence is fullness of joy, praise God! And, favorably expecting that to manifest in our lives, we come into His presence, and we find that rest. There is a rest, the Scripture says, for the people of God. But we have to labor to enter into that rest.
Faith isn't something that's passive. Faith is an active force. It can express itself in passivity, but it's an active force, because faith is believing in the promises of God-that favorable expectation, a faith that sets out against. Belief is to set out and apprehend and to set out against all that would oppose the promises of God, the glory of God. And so as faith is that substance of things hope for, the proof, the evidence, the "title deed," the truth of things not seen, we rest in those promises. They are sure to a thousand generations, the Scripture says. We realize that without faith, it's impossible to please God. And so we're looking to walk in lives that are pleasing to the Lord.
So we want to see a little bit the practical aspects of how faith relates to our everyday lives, that ability to trust in God. Faith-for your notes, you might want to just jot this down, some of us have it-but to realize that faith is that which was spoken of with Abraham: It is full persuasion. Abraham was fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able to perform (Romans 4:21). So the way that we can find out-you know, am I really walking in a faith that pleases God?-without faith, it's impossible to please God-is my faith pleasing God? Are you fully persuaded? Is there a "Plan B"? Are there doubts? Is there the laugh of Sarah or are you fully persuaded? And as we look at our hearts and our decisions, we can learn a little more about ourselves as we answer that question. Faith is absolute trust and reliance upon God.
We're going to talk a little bit about that reliance upon God. The reality is this: Many of us profess faith, but we're relying on ourselves. Many of us profess faith, but we're relying on our country. We profess faith, but we're relying upon doctors and medicine and bankers and philosophy and corporate communities like this, where we have friends and have strength in our multitude and in our "one accord" perspective, and we can rely on one another. We're to be relying on God.
Now, thank God for the brethren. Thank God for the unity and harmony of the body of Christ, and the Scripture teaches that. And the Scripture teaches that we should pour ourselves out for one another, and we're to prefer one another. But we're to rely on God. And in the unity of this fellowship, we are so unified, we have a love for one another. Thank God for that, it's miraculous! You can't find that everywhere! But we're to rely upon God.
And so we have to approach that in our study and ask, "Where, really, is our trust and our reliance?" See, many of us have never gotten past trusting Mom and Dad. Many of us are not able to come past the trust in the community here. And Father will see to it that you come outside that comfort zone and stand and face your adversities, relying on God alone. That's His love for you; and without that faith, it is impossible to please God. Now, that's scary isn't it? Growing up is scary, but it's the only way that we can come in and be conformed to the image of Jesus.
That's why James says count it all joy when you fall into different temptations, knowing this: The trying of your faith works patience. "Let patience have its perfect work that you might be made perfect and entire, lacking nothing" (James 1:2-4). That thing that it's talking about, "lacking," is lacking faith, lacking reliance and trust on God, because when you have that, nothing is impossible to you. And so He's wanting us to come into that and to have that pure reliance upon Him.