“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) God has an open invitation to us to come, repent, and partner with Him. He is always willing and ready to work with us through life’s journey because He has predestinated us to work and walk alongside Him. It just takes faith.
First, God wants us to be saved and not perish (see John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 8:29-30). Second, He has a plan and a purpose for each person and does not want us to pass through this temporary earth without fulfilling the purpose (Jeremiah 29:11). Also, Ephesians 2:10 made it cleared that, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” He equally knows that it will be impossible without us in Him to fulfill His purpose for us (See John 15:1-8, Philippians 4:13).
God is a God of Faith Himself that lives and believes in His Word, and He is His Word (See John 1:1-14)
First Major Requirement Is Faith
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is perceiving as real fact that is not revealed to the senses (See Hebrews 11:1).
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.“
Unequivocally, this verse says without Faith, no one can please God, and God Himself cannot work with such a person. So, Faith is one of God’s main love languages. God wants to be recognized and acknowledged as God that has all the power and created all things by all His creatures, especially those that come to Him. Verse two of the same chapter says, by Faith, the elders obtain good reports. Who are those elders? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Samson, Samuel, the prophets, and the apostles. And what are the good reports they obtained? They please God and, as such, fulfilled their purposes.
Faith In The Word
God Himself framed the world by Faith through His word (see Hebrews 11:3). God said, let there be light, and there was light (see Genesis 1:3). Therefore, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
In 1 Kings 17:1, by Faith Elijah said it shall not rain in Israel, and it was so according to his word, there was no rain for three and half years (see James 5:17). God told Elijah to go and hide by the brook Cherith that He has commanded the ravens (birds) to feed him there: and by Faith, Elijah went and was provided by ravens as God said (see 1 Kings 17:3-6).
Choosing To Follow And Obey
When the brook was dried, God gave Elijah another instruction to go to Zarephath. He had also commanded a widow to provide for him there. By Faith, Elijah went, and the widow took care of Elijah according to God’s word (see 1 Kings 17:7-16).
The angel of the Lord came to Mary and said that she is highly favored. The Lord is with her and blessed is she among women. The angel further said she would conceive by the Holy Ghost and give birth to a Son and call His name Jesus (see Luke 1:28-35). The angel said in verse 37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Mary received it by Faith in verse 38 by saying, “Be it unto me according to thy word.“
The Centurion that came to Jesus in Matthew chapter 8 because of his servant that was sick. In verse 7, He replied to the Centurion that I will come and heal him. The Centurion responded to Jesus in verse 8. That Jesus should speak the word only and his servant shall be healed. And Jesus was marveled and said He had not found such great Faith before. So, Jesus spoke the word, and the Centurion’s servant was healed (see Matthew 8:5-13).
Your Faith is the essence to work and receive from the Lord. It cost you no money, but yet, it is a choice. What is your choice?