Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 25, 2014

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 2:12.

“As an offering of first fruits you shall bring them to the Lord, but they shall not ascend for a soothing aroma on the altar.”  Leviticus 2:12.

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Fruits can be works (or fruits) of the flesh which do not please (or soothe) God.  But, faith pleases God.  We see this from the story of Abel and Cain.

“Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.”  Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.  So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground.  Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions.  And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering (the firstlings of his flock);  but for Cain and for his offering (the fruit of the ground) He had no regard.  So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.”  Genesis 4:1-5.

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.”  Hebrews 11:4.

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;”  Hebrews 11:17.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the men of old gained approval.”  Hebrews 11:1-2.

“… whatever is not from faith is sin.”  Romans 14:23.

“Behold, the eye of the Lord (favor) is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,”  Psalm 33:18.

“Behold, as for the proud one,
His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous will live by his faith.”  Habakkuk 2:4.

For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9.

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