I have been preaching on Spiritual Rules for Radicals and the past 2 weeks I have talked about radial faith. That is something that we need big time right now. And yet these past two weeks have been difficult for many to get to church or even to watch on youtube. Since there were 7 points in the past two sermons on growing in faith, I thought I would send one day to make it easier to digest. I hope it is helpful
Now why should we develop a Radical Faith? Because Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “Without faith it is impossible to please God. Because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” If we want to please God, it begins with faith. Pleasing God doesn’t come from hard work, by striving for perfection, or by trying to be the very best we can be. Those are good things, but pleasing God comes from living in radical faith. So what does it mean to have radical faith?
1. Faith Is Believing Without Seeing.
Radical faith is believing it even when we don’t see it. Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith is visualizing the future in the present. It is seeing in advance. Often it is said that “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But God says that some things have to be believed so they can be seen.
Before an architect can put plans on paper, they first have to visualize the building that will come. They believe it before they see it. Athletes have to believe they can win or they never will. They have to believe it to see it. Same thing with artists and sculptors. They have to see it before they can bring it to life. Michelangelo believed that the sculpture was already in the stone. He just had to remove all those parts that prevented others from seeing it. He believed before he could see. Even science works on the same principle. Werner von Braun, the father of the American space program, said, “No great achievement has ever been achieved in history without faith.” We have to believe it before we see it. For us, radical faith is trusting and believing that God can bring the vision to life; can make the dream a reality. That’s radical faith. Believing it before we see it.