Sunday, 5 June 2011

Thought for the Day- Faith Matters

Short thought I wanted to share with you.

Faith matters. Not matters of faith, but rather, faith is pretty important. I know I'm stating the obvious, but the other day, as I was doing a Bible Study with my friend Father/Lazarus (two names), we were discussing the Garden of Eden, and that if not for Satan, Adam and Eve might never have sinned. This got me to thinking... what was it that Satan did to tempt Eve? If you look at it, you realize that Satan's main thrust was to attack faith. He challenged who God is, and challenged that what He said would happen, would not. He claimed that God didn't really want the best for Adam and Eve but that He was just worried about His own power and position. He also claimed, contrary to what God had said, or promised if you will, that those who ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would NOT die. Satan attacked Eve's faith in God, and without this to bolster her up, seeing that the fruit looked tasty and that it could make her "wise," out of a lack of faith she succumbed to temptation and the rest is the sin-filled history of mankind.

Now, you and I don't have a serpent sitting in a tree attacking our faith, but the core of the struggle against sin, against ourselves and against this world remains essentially the same. Hebrews 11:6 says that those who come to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. In other words, if we are to please God, we've got to do the opposite of what Eve did- we've got to believe in who God is, and we've got to believe that He rewards those who seek Him, He does what He says He will do.

This is why I'm saying that faith matters, because it's what Satan chose to attack with his opening salvo. In the Civil War, the most dangerous job was to be a Captain, a Major, or a Colonel- to lead your troops in battle. Why? Because you were the first target! Same thing in Vietnam... you didn't want to be the Lieutenant, because they were the first guys targetted. Enemies attack the most important targets first. Satan attacked Eve's faith, because he obviously knew what this is all about, that it all comes down to faith. Do we? That's my thought for the day. God bless.

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