John and Bethany Arndt

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Looking for ways to please God?

Faith is enacted, either by believing something that God says to you or by creative power initiated by your own spirit, based of your belief in Who God says He is or who you have already experienced Him to be. How much more pleasing to Him is it, when we step out in faith before we have even experienced a certain aspect of His nature?

Although, if we look closely many of God’s greatest attributes can be seen in His gift of salvation alone. Interestingly enough, we experience salvation through faith. But experience should not determine our measure of faith. Faith is the precursor to experience.

This is why Faith is so pleasing to Him. It is stepping out on the belief that God is who He says He is; that He loves to give, reward, provide, heal, comfort, perform, rescue, intervene, forgive, and interact with us. Faith steps out in expectation regardless of the risks, it says, ” I believe the Character of God is consistent with what I am expecting Him to do, and therefore He will do it.” This step may not be after a specific word or revelation from God (although often is) but it can also be initiated by your own spirit, based on our faith filled belief of who God is (according to scripture) and what He loves to do. This is evidenced by all the people and situations listed in Hebrews 11.

Are you wanting to please God with your life? Looking for ways to honor Him and express your love to Him?

Step out in FAITH; start expecting Him to do something BIG that is dear to your HEART. Asking, trusting, waiting, and expecting Him to come through is seen by Him as worship. Position every department of your life to a place that absolutely requires Him to come through for you. Not only is it the safest place to be, and the most worshipful posture we can assume, it’s the most opportune position for us to see everyday miracles.

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed)
of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real
fact what is not revealed to the senses]. But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must
[necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who
earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. (Hebrews 11:1, 6 AMP)

In Hosting the Precense, Bill Johnson writes, “To honor Him fully, we have to live in such a way that unless God shows up, what we are attempting to do is bound to fail.”

For example, when Jesus sent out the disciples two by two, Bill Johnson paraphrases , “Go into a city. Find a place to stay. Don’t bring any money. Don’t take enough clothing that you can take care of yourself for extended periods of time. Make yourself vulnerable in your abandonment to My purposes, so that unless I show up to provide and direct, it will not work.”

Living this way can literally be scary, and by earthly standards “unwise” and God even works graciously in the the absence of this type of faith. But a lack of radical faith severely limits His work in and through us. His ultimate goal, to fill the earth with His glory, (this was His goal starting in the garden of Eden) is going to continue to be stunted until more of His church starts exercising FAITH. Faith for more of His rule and activity dispensed here and now, in our lives families, jobs, churches, and communities.

My next blog will look at the greatest threat and risk to faith: DISAPPOINTMENT. Previous disappointments do not have to paralyze us in the radical faith department. How do you know what your asking for, is His will?

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