September 07, 2014

By John Ulrich, Senior Pastor
Hebrews 11:7-12

“By faith, Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was

going.” (Hebrews 11:8)

Faith itself is neither good nor bad. It is only as good as the object it is in.
Biblical faith does not come out of thin air; it is a response to what God has revealed. Faith is not simply a power that puts God at our disposal, getting God to do what we want him to do. It is a choice that puts each of us at his disposal.

Through Scripture (Heb.11:3), God reveals to us that He created the universe. God, through his Spirit, directly called our earliest Christian forefathers, such as Abraham (Heb. 11:8) and Noah (Gen.6:13-21). Some Biblical figures simply obeyed God’s clear directives already given, e.g. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:12) followed God’s command not to bow down to other gods.

What Are the Main Ways God Reveals Himself to Us?

God, the Father, has given us his revelation to all people through his Word. The primary revelation of God to his people is the Bible. We are called to obey Scripture. It is 95% of the will of God to live the life he calls us to in the Bible. Sometimes in Scripture, it is a direct revelation and other times we have to put the pieces together in context. To find the will of God, we must start with Scripture.

God’s Spirit gives his revelation to us as individuals, just as he did with great Biblical characters, such as : Noah, Abraham, and Moses. The Spirit does this in various ways, e.g.: clear ideas, powerful dreams). When communication is not clear we can: (a) pray (even out loud), alone or with other believers, to discuss the situation with God, and (b) hold our leanings with a loose hand, surrender our will, invite God to change our mind if he wants. If we do this, the responsibility is on God and not us.

We must lean into him, trust God to be at work (not us), even when we cannot see him. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your path.”