Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Who has believed our report?

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
I suppose Isaiah’s audience would have replied to this question much how we would respond today, with an emphatic yes. Who would doubt God?

Affirmation without action equals unbelief. The reason this question is asked in Isaiah’s day and restated in the Paul’s day (Romans 10:16) is because generally speaking we do not practice half of what we profess to believe. I think Jesus said it best as recorded in Luke 6:46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?

Believing God and demonstrating it by our actions is not just a decision to trust and obey by sheer will power, but rather it is reliance on God’s grace to grant us faith and faithfulness which results in obedience. For example, as the father of a disabled child cried out in Mark 9:24, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” And in Luke 17:5 the Bible records that, “…the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.””
Do you want a faith that believes God and results in faithfulness? Call on Him to increase your faith in secret prayer and spend time with God and be nourished by His faith giving Word (John 17:17).

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