I have read and been taught…without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). This scripture has made me afraid that I had to somehow muster enough faith to please God. How do I do this, how does this work if I can just believe enough then I will please Him. I also felt I had to muster enough faith to see miracles. Then, thankfully, God changed the way I saw things which means I repented (saw things differently-saw it God’s way).
This scripture lands in the beginning of the “faith chapter”. Boom! I want to go back to something the Lord showed me in December of 2014 and He has been building on since. On December 10th last year the Lord wanted me to understand faith. The definition of faith is:
- believe, trusts in, clings to, relies on.
What I discovered, as I went back to the Greek meanings and how the sentence was written (understand I am no English scholar here 😆), is this sentence is written in “passive voice”. I think there is a reason why God does everything and this passive voice reminds us that everything we are able to do comes from Him. So the ability to even have the faith, as small as a mustard seed, was planted by Him (Matthew 17:20, remember this verse for later). We need to remember that this letter was written to Hebrews. They were challenged with the fact that what they had experienced for 100’s of years was “I will, then God will”. The law was there for man to fulfill as had been promised by the Israelites at Mount Sinai. The law created a system, we as humans are very fond of, where we need to perform to receive from God. Paul was describing how simple faith, in God, has always brought righteousness, read all of Hebrews 11. He also points out that the Patriarchs were waiting for the better way, which we have now through Jesus. That our belief in Him, Who He is, makes us righteous in Him because of His divine exchange at the Cross. Another interesting point is English teachers do not like you to write sentences in “passive voice” 😖..it makes them look like that, lol! The reason why is it makes the sentence unclear or it can be misinterpreted (See explanation here The Writing Center). The Lord had me write this verse into an “active voice” sentence, so I could better understand what He was expressing to me and freed me from fear in this area. Here is what it looks like:
“God has pleasure when we believe, trust in, cling to, rely on Him.”
Our faith, which is deposited into each of us by God, is as small as a mustard seed which in turn gives us the ability to believe in Jesus, in Who He is. All we have to do is repent and see that the Kingdom of Heaven is here in the person of Jesus. We repent meaning we see things differently then before. We see Jesus for Who He is, just like the thief on the Cross did. When we first believe, trust in, cling to and rely on Who Jesus is the seed is activated, and the Kingdom of heaven breaks forth in that individuals life. Nothing we do or don’t do qualifies or disqualifies us to accomplish these miracles because of the finished work of Jesus on the Cross; it is only Jesus through us in the form of the Holy Spirit that is able to do these things. It is only about Jesus and knowing Who He is.
We must come to the belief (faith) or core value that the Holy Triune God never leaves us, never forsakes us, that NOTHING, absolutely nothing can separate us from the Love of the Father in heaven and cling to this truth about Who He is in us. This is the faith as small as a mustard seed that will grow the tree of the kingdom of heaven here on earth through you!!! Just the way God planned it. Everything outflows out of this truth. Greater faith isn’t attained by you it is completed by the Father in heaven as you just believe, trust in, cling to and rely on Him. This is what brings Him pleasure, wow! Simple.