Many Christians confess their faith in Jesus but their faith is not real. They do not really have faith. They believe that they have salvation because they say that they believe in Jesus Christ, but faith without works is dead. If our faith does not produce works of faith, things that we do in obedience to God, because we believe in Him, then that faith cannot save us, then that faith is worthless.
We read in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him, must believe that He exists, and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Many people say that they believe in Jesus, but do they really believe. Do you really believe in Jesus? Do you believe that if you pray that He will answer your prayer? Will you do what Jesus tells you to do if He speaks to you? Is Jesus that real to you? Because if Jesus is not that real to you then you do not really believe, then your faith is null, void and empty.
We read in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 7:”By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in godly fear built an ark to save his family. By faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” When God spoke to Noah and warned him about the big flood that would come, what did Noah do? He built an ark to save him and his family. If God speaks to you and to me and tells us to build an ark or to move away from where we are; will we do it? Will we believe that God’s spoke to us? Do we really know Him? Will we obey Him? Why was Noah justified? Because he obeyed God. He believed what God told him.
The same with Abraham. We read in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 8:”By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive us his inheritance, obeyed and went without knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelled in the promised land as a stranger, in a foreign country. He lived in tents as did Isaac and Jacob who were heirs with him of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God.” God spoke to Abraham and He told him to move to a distant country far away. He did not know where he would arrive at, he did not know what it would be like when he arrives there. Did he doubt God? No, he obeyed God, and that is why God justified him, because his faith was real.
We also read in verse 11:”by faith Sarah even though she was barren and beyond the opportune age was enabled to conceive a child, because she considered Him faithful, who had promised, and so from one man, and he was as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” Sarah believed it when the messenger of God came and said to her that she will have a boy. She was barren and Abraham was an old man. Did they they doubt Him? No, they did not. They believed in God. They believed that He would do what He promised. He promised Abraham that his descendants would be as many as the stars in heaven and as the sand by the seaside. Abraham believed Him.
If God spoke to you and me, would we believe Him? Would we leave everything that we have, that we’ve worked for all our life,and go where Jesus sends us? Do you really believe? Most people do not believe in Jesus. If they believed in Jesus, they would obey Him. Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is God? Do you really believe that He will judge all men? Do you believe? So, if you believe, do you obey His words? Jesus said:”Repent and be baptized.” Most believers do not obey the words of Jesus. They say:” I cannot stop sinning.” Jesus said:”If the Son of God has set you free, you will be free, and free indeed.” But they say:”I cannot stop sinning.” Do they really believe? Obviously they don’t. Do they believe that if they pray Jesus will answer their prayer and supply in all their needs.” If Jesus tells you today to quit your job, leave everything that you’ve worked for all your life and go somewhere else, that you do not know. Will you go? Will you obey Him? How real is your faith?
“The righteous one will live by faith and if he withdraws, says the Lord, My soul will have no pleasure in him.” We cannot follow Jesus Christ, if we are not willing to live by faith, if we are not willing to leave everything and go after Him. Many want to know:”If I follow Jesus, must I stop watching TV?” “Will I have to give up this, or that, or the other? What will happen to me? What kind of a job will I have to do? Will I become homeless?” Do you really believe? Do you believe that He’s God Almighty, and that all things belong to Him? Do you believe that He has prepared a place in heaven for those who love Him, who follow Him, and who obey Him? Do you really believe that? Or do you just believe that you have salvation because you confess that you believe in Jesus? But you do not believe because you will not obey Him. You are only fooling yourself, dear friend, because you do not believe. Your faith has not produced any works. The works that Jesus requires of us, is obedience. We have to obey His words the, gospel of Jesus Christ, repent and be baptized, and then He promised that He will give His Holy Spirit in us, to guide us, to be with us, to teach us, but people don’t want it. They rather go after people, they believe in the preachers. They believe in the Bible, their interpretation of the Bible. They don’t believe in Jesus Christ. The Pharisees believed in the Scriptures, the Torah, and when the King of Glory, the Messiah came; did they believe that He truly was the One that would come? No they did not. They crucified Him.
Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is Lord? Do do you believe He is alive? If you do, you will take action. You will leave everything and you will go after Him, but if you don’t your faith is worthless. Because if you do not go after Jesus, if you do not obey His words and do not repent and be baptized, and do not receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that Christ dwells in you and guides you, then you will never know Him. You will never follow Him, and you know? Jesus will say to you:”Go away I never knew you, you worker of wickedness.” You were never justified, because you never believed, you never put action to your faith, you never went after Jesus Christ. Do you understand, dear friend, what it means to be justified by faith? You have to go after the One in whom you believe, because as it is written in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6: Without faith it is impossible to please God, because the one who goes to Him, must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder, of those who seek Him and who go after Him.
Do you believe that? Do you believe that Jesus Christ will reward you with eternal life, do you believe that He has a place prepared in heaven, for those who follow and who obey Him? If you really do believe, then go after Him, because without Jesus there’s no hope, there’s no future.
Dear friend, do you believe?
May Jesus bless you.