Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Faith or Risk?

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Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
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.

You may have heard people say that living by faith is risky. But is living by Faith really risky?

Merriam Webster dictionary defines risk as the possibility that something bad or unpleasant (such as an injury or a loss) will happen. Hebrews 11:1, however, defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The end of every risk is uncertain and unpredictable, but faith is certain and predictable. A risk is always associated with doubt, hence fear. Faith is without doubt and fear. Risk feeds on your ego while faith depends on God.

God has not called us to a bleak and unpredictable end, the end is certain and predictable if we follow Him (see Jer 29:11). Doubt which is often associated with risk hinders us from receiving from God (see James 1:6-8) but faith pleases God (Heb 11:6).

Faith in God is based on the word and will of God, but taking a risk is based on uncertainty and wishful thinking. When God says a word and you believe it and act according to what you believe, you are walking in faith. But when you begin to act presumptuously based on mere desires you have (with an end to furnish your ego), you are taking a risk.

Go into today choosing faith in God over taking risks.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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