Without Faith, It’s Impossible to Please God, No Matter the Actions or Sacrifices Made

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Heb 11:6 - 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.

In my previous article, we discovered our purpose in life, which is pleasing God. Now we read it is impossible to please God without faith. So faith is essential for us to fulfill our purpose.

People quite often have the wrong view of faith thinking it is some super spiritual thing we can attain through various means and of course, we can grow in faith, exercise our faith, and so on.

However, faith is simply believing and trusting God. It is not being super spiritual it is being super trustful. You can trust God, when you are feeling super spiritual or when you are struggling to get your act together, you can always trust God and come to him.

1. Faith’s Essential Role in Pleasing God

Having faith in GodPleasing God and receiving rewards from Him (Hebrews 11:6)
Living according to the Spirit, not the fleshPleasing God, as living in the flesh cannot please Him (Romans 8:8)
Focusing on spiritual matters, not fleshly desiresPleasing God by focusing on the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5)
Keeping God’s commandments with faithReceiving from God by pleasing Him through obedience (1 John 3:22)
Doing good and communicating as acts of faithPleasing God with sacrifices of goodness and communication (Hebrews 13:16)

Example Bible Stories:

  • Abraham’s Faith: Abraham’s belief in God’s promises, shown in his readiness to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22), highlights faith as fundamental to pleasing God.
  • Israelites at Jericho: The fall of Jericho (Joshua 6) wasn’t due to Israel’s might but their faith in God’s instructions, showcasing faith’s necessity over actions.
  • Peter Walking on Water: Peter walking on water (Matthew 14:29-31) demonstrates that faith, not just action, is crucial for pleasing God and achieving the impossible.
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2. Faith Transcends Actions and Sacrifices

Not showing partiality in faith (James 2:1-26)Being rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
Circumcision or uncircumcision in Christ Jesus (Galatians 5:6)Faith working through love counts
Faith without works (James 2:17)Highlighting the necessity of faith with works
Claiming to have faith without showing it through actions (James 2:14)Questioning the saving power of faith without works
Claiming faith without meeting others’ needs (James 2:14-26)Emphasizing the deadness of faith without works
Drawing near to God (Hebrews 11:6)Pleasing God and believing in His rewards
Obeying Jesus (Hebrews 5:9)Eternal salvation for all who obey
Justification through faith in Christ, not by works (Galatians 2:16)Justification by faith in Christ and not by works

Example Bible Stories:

  • Cain and Abel: Abel’s offering was accepted over Cain’s (Genesis 4) because of Abel’s faith, not the sacrifice’s size or quality.
  • Widow’s Offering in the Temple: Jesus commends the widow’s small offering (Mark 12:41-44) as her faith made it more valuable than larger gifts given by others.
  • Sacrifices of the Pharisees: Jesus criticized Pharisees for their outward actions without faith (Matthew 23:23-24), indicating the insufficiency of actions without faith.

3. Faith as a Foundation for Acceptable Works

Believe in JesusEternal life (John 3:16)
Obey God’s commandmentsAbide in God’s love (John 15:10)
Love one anotherGod’s love abides in us (1 John 4:12)
Help those in needStore up treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21)
Share the gospelSave souls from death (James 5:20)
Serve othersServe Christ (Colossians 3:23-24)
Forgive othersBe forgiven by God (Matthew 6:14-15)
Pray for othersReceive blessings (James 5:16)
Resist temptationReceive the crown of life (James 1:12)
Endure trialsDevelop perseverance (James 1:3-4)

Example Bible Stories:

  • Noah’s Ark: Noah’s building of the ark (Genesis 6-7) was an act of faith in God’s warning, not just a practical endeavor.
  • Joshua and the Gibeonites: Joshua failed to consult God in making a treaty with the Gibeonites (Joshua 9), showing that even well-intended acts without faith lead to mistakes.
  • David and Goliath: David’s victory over Goliath (1 Samuel 17) was rooted in his faith in God, not just his skill or courage.
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4. Faith Enables Divine Approval and Relationship

Believing in God’s existencePleasing God
Believing in God’s promisesReceiving righteousness
Trusting in God’s planExperiencing peace
Seeking God earnestlyBeing rewarded by God
Having faith in JesusReceiving salvation
Obeying God’s commandsExperiencing blessings
Trusting in God’s provisionBeing provided for
Enduring trials with faithBuilding character
Praying with faithReceiving answers to prayers
Sharing faith with othersSpreading the gospel

Example Bible Stories:

  • Enoch’s Walk with God: Enoch’s pleasing God and being taken up to heaven (Genesis 5:24) was due to his faith, demonstrating the relational aspect of faith.
  • Moses Choosing to Suffer with God’s People: Moses’ choice to identify with the Israelites (Hebrews 11:24-26) was a faith decision valuing God’s approval over Egyptian treasures.
  • The Centurion’s Faith: Jesus marveled at the centurion’s faith (Matthew 8:5-13), which brought healing to his servant, showing faith’s role in God’s response.

5. Faith as Trust Beyond Understanding

BelieveSalvation (John 3:16)
TrustPeace (Isaiah 26:3)
ObeyBlessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)
EndureCrown of Life (James 1:12)
HopeRenewal (Isaiah 40:31)
ConfessForgiveness (1 John 1:9)
LoveEternal Life (John 3:36)
PrayReceive Grace (Hebrews 4:16)
ServeReward (Colossians 3:23-24)
RepentTimes of Refreshing (Acts 3:19)

Example Bible Stories:

  • Gideon’s Reduced Army: Gideon’s victory with a reduced army (Judges 7) highlights faith in God’s strategy over human logic.
  • Peter’s Fishing Catch: After a fruitless night, Peter’s faith in Jesus’ command to cast the nets (Luke 5:4-6) resulted in a miraculous catch, showing trust beyond understanding.
  • Abraham’s Journey to a New Land: Abraham’s journey to an unknown land (Hebrews 11:8) was an act of faith, trusting in God’s promise without seeing the complete picture.
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