- Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.
When we think of offering something to God, we often miss that He wants our heart more than our sacrifice. Abel offered a sacrifice to God by faith.
- Psalm 51:14-17 O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
- I. Samuel 15:22-23a Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.”
- James 2:19-20 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
See the connection? It runs through Scripture. Jesus attacked the dead faith of the Pharisees. Jesus was amazed at the lack of faith in His home of Nazareth (Matthew 13). And He even rhetorically asked if when He comes back to earth, would He find (the) faith? (Luke 18:8). Faith is the crux of our walk with God, for without it we cannot even please Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Abel came and brought to God a sacrifice of faith. We as Christians must come to God with this same faith, offering ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). We must offer our money to Him out of faith (II. Corinthians 9:1-9) because it takes a lot of faith to realize it’s His money to begin with. We must tell others about Him in faith since it’s not our eloquent speech, dynamic apologetic skills, or winning personality that brings them to salvation, but the Holy Spirit through our Gospel witness. We trust Him for the small affairs of life and the big ones. We trust Him for our health, our safety, our wisdom, and anything else we think, say, and do.
- We deal with faith on a daily basis. We have functional faith (I trust that itty bitty chair to hold me), saving faith, relationship faith (I trust you), and so forth. The most important faith is saving faith coupled by daily, walking with God faith.
- Where do you have a hard time fully trusting God? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Ask God now for each of these, just as the father whose son Jesus healed said in Mark 9:24 “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
- There are two primary types of faith, in my opinion, that we interact with: A) Microfaith, and B) Macrofaith. Microfaith trusts God for little things (I’m not worried about getting bit by a mosquito and getting a disease) but sometimes has a hard time trusting Him for the big things (I’m so afraid I might be laid off and then what will I do?). Macrofaith is the opposite in that it trusts God for big things (like buying a house during a bad housing market), but has a hard time in the little things (you’re a germaphobe).
- Which type of faith do you identify with most? ___________________________________________________
- Think of some Micro or Macro areas where you are weak in faith: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- These are areas to also pray for right now since you have now identified a weak area in your faith armor.
- We don’t always think about it, but have you ever considered praying for your friends and family that God would strengthen their faith?
- Imagine what changes could happen in Waikoloa by God granting faith to its resident unbelievers (Ephesians 2:8)? We are called to pray for the lost!
- What if your fellow Christian brothers and sisters were endowed with more faith? Think about how that would change their lives, improve their marriages, expand the veracity of their testimonies?
- Some whom we know are in dire straits and need our prayer support. Encourage them, yes, but also pray for their faith through their trials.