In the last post on this series, we considered two out of a list of things we are expected to do differently as faith-filled christians. In this episode, we shall consider a few more points on this topic as the Holy Spirit helps us.
3. Faith-filled People Obey God “Blindly”.
An old blind man was once led to the village meeting by a young man. On the road, the old man completely depended on this young man to take him to his destination because he could not see anything. He was completely blind. He would hop when the young man asked him to, duck when he was told so and jump at the command of his aide. He didn’t argue with him or ask why he should wait. He just followed his instructions blindly because he believed that what he couldn’t see, the young man could.
Just like this old man, we are expected to obey God in all things, even when it doesn’t make sense. This can certainly not happen without faith! Obedience cannot come to play without faith. Faith is what helps us to obey God, no matter the consequences. Just like the three Hebrew men that were thrown into the fire didn’t see the fourth man in the fire first before they agreed to be thrown there (Dan. 3), faith-filled people don’t wait to see physical evidences first before obeying God. They obey, in faith that He will appear. Abraham was also one person who obeyed God blindly through faith, when God asked him to sacrifice his only son. He (Abraham) did not reason out the situation or start to rationalize how God could be so “inconsiderate”. Like Abraham, the only sense permitted to function when we are walking with God in faith is our sense of hearing (Gen. 22). Once we hear, we do! No time to reason it out. We just do! Faith helps us to obey and carry out God’s commandments without any doubts. Noah also obeyed God without seeing any evidence concerning what he was told and he acted accordingly (Heb. 11:7) “By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.” (MSG).
So, next time you see a man leaving a commercial city like Lagos in Nigeria, for a very remote village on the instructions of God, remember that faith makes the difference.
4. Faith-Filled People Ask God For Help Everytime. They Are Totally Dependent on God. When we believe in God through faith that He is Omnipotent and can do all things, this faith helps us to confidently ask Him for help at all times. Like 1John 5:14 tells us that “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (NKJV). It is faith that gives us this confidence. Faith-filled people are never afraid to come to the throne of grace to ask. Blind Bartimaeus expressed this faith in Mark 10:46-52. He cried for help when he heard the Lord Jesus passing. How much more now that we carry His presence in us? It is faith that reminds us that “the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear” (Isa. 59:1; ESV), and that “God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.” (Psa. 46:1; MSG)