Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Spring is on the way. The azaleas in our yard in full bloom. Pollen covering cars and bothersome to allergies. The time change marks the beginning of a new season. Longer days and less darkness. The local hardware store is bustling with activity. Seed packets line the center aisle full stocked. It is time to plant. I feel this in my spirit today. God is inviting us to sow fresh seeds of faith in our life.
It’s always springtime to the believer. God has already provided a measure of faith to us. (Romans 12:3) He is such a good God that He has already given us exactly what is need to please Him in the form of tiny seeds of faith. Faith is the reality of what we hope for and the evidence of things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1) However, if a seed is not sown it will not produce the true potential hidden inside. (John 12:24)
James 2:14 (NLT) What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?
Faith is sowing our life by trusting God through obedience to His Word. Our actions indicate a life filled with faith and hope or fear and doubt. If we sow sparingly, the harvest minimal. Seed packets are roughly $2.99 for a variety of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Such a small price for the bountiful harvest contained in the little packet. If the seed is not sown by “faith” that what is inside will take root and grow, then you just wasted your money. However, to those who “trust” the process and sow the seed – there table will be full and enough to share with others. Faith is a necessity in our life because it is the only way to please God. You can do good things. You can try to follow all the rules. But you cannot please God until you trust Him – faith is how we express our belief in the Living God.
James 2:21-26 (NLT) Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
Genuine faith is born of trials such as Abraham’s call to sacrifice his son… his only son… his promise… his future… his everything… to give it all to God. Oh friend, our faith must be evident in our actions. We must live a righteous life which is a relationship with God (our Friend) trusting and believing so that our faith is evident in how we live not just what we say. We must sow seeds of faith in every season to prepare the harvest of the next season. The Bible is true. You will reap what you sow. We must be ever so careful that the first seed sown in every season is faith. No one gets to choose that which develops our faith – it is simply that each day I must choose to love, obey and trust the Lord in all things.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT) By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
I have everything necessary to live a godly life. God even provided the faith necessary to achieve it. (Romans 12:3) Oh the goodness of God who desires our success. It begins with a prospering soul. (3 John 1:2) He gives us a new heart and new spirit. (Ezekiel 36:26) All of this is released to us by choosing to put our faith in Jesus Christ. Instantly our Savior, and through obedience becomes our Lord. This obedience is the demonstration of our faith. To sow seeds of God’s Word in our broken heart. To wait for them to grow. To tend to the weeds of the enemies lies meant to choke out new faith. To praise God in the storms watering our garden. To worship through the warfare of invading locusts. See God’s Harvest of faith in our life makes all things possible to those who believe. The enemy hates that. This is the life that becomes a light to others and draws people to Christ just watching the love, peace and joy you emanate.
2 Peter 1:5-7 (NLT) In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
If you think about it, Abraham believed God for one promise. Isaac. Though he demonstrated faith in God many times – it was this one promise that God always comes back to. God wants us to respond to all of His Promises. He has a perfect plan for our life worth discovery and investing our whole heart into finding. (Jeremiah 29:11-14) What is the one thing you desire of the Lord today? What is your “one thing”? The Lord is inviting you to fresh faith today. To have it, hold it, wonder about it or worry does nothing. When we take our need, want or desire to the Lord and bury it with fresh faith like a seed, God will do the miraculous. You cannot abandon the field but wait on the Lord. Remind yourself of His Word. Sing praises in the waiting. Fight the enemy with your worship. God is looking for those who please Him with their faith in Him. Trusting Him. Loving Him. Waiting on Him. Worshiping Him… UNTIL HE COMES! That’s faith! Abraham did not withhold his promise from God but sacrificed it to Him. God answered with a miracle. He will do the same for you!
2 Peter 1:8 (NLT) The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.