Faith is a Lifestyle
- Date: December 1, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
- From Faith That Prevails
We're answering the question out of Luke 18:8. The Lord said, "When [I] come, will I find faith on the earth" (Luke 18:0? Many of us, like Peter, would say, "Oh, yes. Amen! Praise God, I'm living in faith. We understand that without faith it is impossible to please Him and that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. I study the Word. I know the Word, and my life is committed to the Lord. So I'm in good shape, praise God." If that is your response, I would become a little more sober and realize that if Jesus asked that question, maybe it's a valid question. If the head of the church asked the question, "When I come, will I find biblical faith, the faith that I left for My church, on the earth?" then it's a valid question, and it's one that we need to examine our hearts by because "without faith it is impossible to please God."
Faith, we know, is trust and reliance, assurance, that what God has promised, He is able to perform. So we're sure of that, and we don't have any Plan Bs in our life. God is our source. He is our source alone. If it's not done biblically, it's not going to be done. I'm not just talking about believing God for a physical healing-"If He doesn't heal me, I die." I'm talking about if God doesn't do it, then it's not going to get done. "Let it not be said that any man has made Abraham rich" (Genesis 14:23). I don't want anything that God hasn't given me. Moses said, "Lord, if Your presence doesn't go, if it's not by Your hand, then I'm not going. I have no interest in what this world produces. I just want to know You more." Is that what's in your heart this? That's what we're hoping for out of these teachings: "I just have an appetite that is building in me to know Him more."
To know God is just to know Him as He has revealed himself to us in our physical being, because God lives in a whole separate realm. God is not physical; God is a spirit, and those that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. God is "other than" us, and everything that He has revealed Himself to be, He is not that-He is above that. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). Get it as big as you can imagine, and it's better than that. All that you can imagine heaven to be, it's greater than that. All you can imagine God to be, He's greater than that! See, He just reveals to us things that are images in the realm of the natural. God is "like" a mighty rushing wind, as the Holy Spirit came in. God is "like" fire, on Mount Sinai in the bush that Moses encountered. He is not fire, but He is "like" fire. He's beyond that, but it's what we can identify with.
I don't want to get sidetracked, but just take a moment to see how big our God is. That's who we have faith in. That's who we have faith in: this God who spoke just a word and everything that we understand, everything that exists-the heavens, He covers them with the span of His hand. He doesn't have an eight-inch span. God is not a man. We're identifying with that. God is bigger than that. He can hold the oceans in the hollow of His hand. He is bigger than that. So as He has revealed Himself to us, it's all that our finite minds can comprehend. He is infinite. How much bigger is the infinitude of God than finite? Infinitely. The finite cannot comprehend the infinite. That's how big our God is. That's who your faith is in. And He can call you by name. He knows where you live. He knows your heartaches; He knows your fear, and He said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5). That is who we are trusting in.