God delights in the obedience that flows from faith.

25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. – Romans 16:25-27 (ESV)

12 Fight the good fight of the faith. – 1 Timothy 6:12 (ESV)

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. – John 20:30 (ESV)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, … to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. – Romans 16:25, 26b, 27 (ESV)

For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. – Romans 14:23 (ESV)

24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. – Hebrews 11:24-28 (ESV)

It is preferring. To choose is to prefer one thing over another thing. If God is to get the glory in our choosing against sin, it must be because we regard God and what He is and promises as preferable. – John Piper

In other words, the reason our frustration runs so deep, our anger gains so much control, and our endurance dries up so quickly is that take our eyes off God and his Word and begin to focus on the dust and the dirt and the hardness and stubbornness of the situations and people around us. Although we theoretically affirm the truth of the Word and intellectually grasp the reality and presence of God, we begin to live as functional atheists, with God nowhere to be seen in the way we look at things, feel about things, and talk about things.

We need the ministry of the Spirit to constantly remind us that God really is working behind the scenes - someone who is infinitely powerful, incredibly wise, and unfathomably loving, and who has a perfect plan that will be executed in his perfect time and in his perfect way. Knowing this doesn’t take away the difficult situation of people, nor does it numb any of the real and deep pain that we experience, but it places everything in the context of a world and a ministry and lives that God reigns over in mercy and will one day bring to perfection.

– Clay Werner

Application: Stoke the flames of faith in the promises of God.

  • Saturate yourself with the Bible
  • Surround yourself with Christian fellowship
  • Step toward obedience even when you don’t feel like it
Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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