Without Faith It's Impossible...

Jesus  asked a very powerful question.  It's probably the most powerful question He asked during His whole earthly ministry.  The question He asked, needs to be addressed by every believer.  Yet, it's a question that's not addressed much at all.  The question is recorded in Luke 18:8. 

Jesus asked the question; "...when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith in the earth?".  Of course Jesus was talking about His second coming.  But, the question He asks speaks volumes. 

He didn't ask if the Son of Man would find the largest church, the largest ministry, the most accurate theology or even one manifesting the most Spirit power.  Jesus asked solely about faith. 

Jesus had a very good reason for asking this question.  To Jesus faith is the most powerful thing.  The reason Jesus most often rebuked the apostles was due to their lack of faith in a situation.  He constantly encouraged them to not be fearful. 

Fear Not   

 "Fear not" is the most repeated command in the Bible.  It appears at least 365 times.  We seem to be living in times that are full of fear.  Yet we're not at all sure, what it is we're afraid of. 

Some are afraid of disease.  This fear extends itself so powerfully that many people have developed many kinds of phobias and psychosematic illnesses.  Others are afraid of losing their power or material possessions.  Still others are afraid of heights, loud noises or even the dark.  Fear seems to permeate much of our lives. 

Fear is the greatest enemy of faith.  Fear will cause faith to falter more than anything else.  Yet faith is needed to successfully live the Kingdom life and to fulfil your calling and destiny. 

Jesus, addressed fear powerfully and head on.   Two of these times are particularly powerful to me. 

In Mark 4:35-41, is recorded the story of when Jesus and the disciples were in a boat, crossing a lake. The story tells of a storm that rose up, while they were on the lake.  The winds were bashing the waves against the boat.  Water was coming in the boat.  The disciples were in a state of panic.  Yet, Jesus was asleep below.

The disciples called out to Jesus.  They asked Him if He didn't care if they drowned.  Jesus immediately arose and went and spoke to the storm and calm returned. 

Jesus asked the disciples a very powerful and pointed question about this incident.  "Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?  

The next incident is just as powerful.  This is recorded in Matthew 14:22-33.  Jesus has been teaching to the crowds. Jesus had His disciples get in a boat and head to the other side of the lake while Jesus dismissed them.  

Shortly before dawn, Jesus was walking on the water toward the boat the disciples were in.  Fearing they had seen a ghost, they cried out...in fear. But Jesus replied to them, "take courage, be not afraid". When the disciples saw it was Jesus, Peter cried out to Him, "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water".

Jesus told Peter, to come.  He got out of the boat and began to walk toward Jesus on the water. Then when he saw the storm and the seas raging around him, he began to sink and cried out for Jesus to save him.  Jesus reached out His hand to him and saved him from the water. 

Jesus then asked Peter, "you of little faith.  Why did you doubt?"  

So, this is twice that Jesus corrected or questioned His disciples for lack of faith.  Faith is important to God and it's important to your destiny and calling. 

Why Faith?

There are three important keys regarding faith.  These keys will illustrate the importance of faith.

1.  Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He          is a rewarder of those who seek Him.  The key here is that it's impossible to please God without faith.  We saw              that in the life of Jesus. Out of that faith, God desires for us to know that He exists and that He's a rewarder.  He          isn't out to punish you or harm you at all. 

2.  "Whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23).  What we've seen is that fear is the opposite of faith.  So anything         we do that's based in fear is sin in the eyes of God. He wants us to live in faith, not fear. 

3.   When you look at the record of creation in the book of Genesis, you see that mankind was created in the image             of God. We see from the book of Romans, that God is a God of faith. In Romans 4:17, it says God is the God                   "... calleth those things which are not, as though they were.  

As you walk out your calling and destiny, faith and fear will continue to be battle for you.  Why?  First of all, as you fulfill your calling and pursue your destiny, God will be taking you through transitions.  Some of those transitions may not be easy.  You're going to need to be able to stand on your faith, as the battle for your destiny ensues. 

Next, we all have personal contraints we'll need to overcome.  Overcoming those constraints will take faith in knowing God is helping you through.  Fear will try to raise it's ugly head as well.  

If you want more teaching regarding faith and fear, there's more at my sister website. www.fear-to-faith.com.