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THOUGHTS ON FAITH

Samuel A CainFor by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

As Christians, we have faith in God to care for us and to do us good. We have faith that God exists. Our faith is demonstrated by facing the circumstances of life and trusting in the providential care of almighty God. Where does our faith come from? It is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8 ESV) We have faith in God because God has given us faith in Him. Our corrupted human nature has not only made us too weak, but also too blind to even know God on our own. Faith is a gift we have received by God’s amazing grace.

We are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV) This is because no one will ever come to God, unless he believes that God exists, and is also convinced that He rewards all who seek Him. Unless God preserves us in the true knowledge of Himself, we tend to forget who the true God is and begin to form idols of our own imaginations. Therefore, we must know truth if we are to have access to God.

None truly seek God, until they are born again by the Spirit of God. (Romans 3:10-11) The Spirit brings the soul to a realization that sin has separated us from God. We begin to see that we are under His righteous condemnation and we now desire His goodness and salvation. The God of all grace has anticipated our need and acted first on our behalf even when we did not know Him.

Seeking God is a characteristic of Christian faith. Christians desire to get as close to God as possible. They consistently want a deeper relationship with Him. These are signs of true faith which we should always look for in ourselves.

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