My Faith or Gods Goodness, What Moves Him to Act
by Timothy Smith
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My faith is not the explanation as to why God does what He does, His goodness is! God does what He does for His people because of His goodness. It is just His own goodness that compels Him to act. His mercy, His compassion, His own love moves Him to act in our behalf.
My faith is not the reason He acts. I am not trying to get Him to do something for me with my faith. Does not compassion move Him? In the book Hebrews chapter 4 it says Jesus is touched with the feeling of our infirmity. In the gospels we find Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the people. Compassion moved Him to act. Often people who had no faith, or very little faith received from Him. It is his own goodness that compels Him. Remember when Moses asked to see the glory of God? What did God say to him? God said that He would make all His GOODNESS pass before Moses.
The goodness of God is the glory of God, the glory of God is His goodness.
You see I don't believe that I have to try to get Him to do something for me. I don't have to convince Him to bless me it was His idea in the first place. Who is trying to convince who here? Seems to me that God has been trying to convince us that He really will do for us what He said He would. What if God is actually more willing to give than I think I am to receive? What if all of this is His great big idea? If it is, why do we struggle to try to convince Him to do what He already promised He would?
Think about a little boy who comes to his parents asking for the bike he saw at the bike store. After some discussion they decide to get the bike. So the parents promise to get the bike for his birthday. The exact bike the boy wanted. Now that is one excited little boy! He is so excited he acts like he already has it. In his mind he can see himself riding that bike. Does that little boy try to exercise his faith for that bike. Is he suppose to go around trying to confess it into existence? Does he have to use his faith to get his parents to do what they promised they would do? Is not the fulfillment of the promise made by the parents dependent on the parents willingness and ability to fulfill their promise?
So what is the role of faith in the life of a believer? To start with we need a biblical definition. My definition of faith is this; It is a gift which comes from God by way of a message. The message is declared by the messenger He chooses to send. Being convinced of the truth of the message, in my heart, I declare that belief with my mouth. The message that was declared to me offered both promises and instructions. I believe the promises, and set out to obey the instructions, from my heart, so that what I believe can be seen in what I do. It is in this that God is pleased. That is what faith is! Simple, yes!
Now what was the message? It is the message of the goodness of God to save, heal, and deliver people from sin, Satan, and the world. It is the Holy Spirit who convinces and convicts. What does that mean? It means God is trying to convince us of His kind intention toward us. So my faith is not the reason why God blesses, but my faith is the connection to the blessing. He is moved to bless by His own love, so He puts the blessing in the form of a promise and has it declared to us so that being convinced, we lay hold of the hope He set before us.
Again my faith is not the explanation as to why God blesses me, but my faith is the connection to it! Amen!
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