Impact God

Aphrodite doted on Paris for his beauty. Zeus loved Hector for his courage. God is a glaring contrast to the chaos of the Greek pantheon. When He declares Himself “holy,” He is saying He is different. “I am NOT similar to false gods.”

So what does God like? He likes FAITH. From Abraham to Daniel, He gets excited about people who believe Him. The problem with the Israelites in the desert was NOT their whining so much as their lack of faith.

You won’t hardly find Jesus marveling over someone’s personal uprightness. Nor their “sound interpretation of scripture.” Nor their “acts of righteousness.” Over and over, Jesus admires just one thing: faith.

When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. — Matt. 8:10 NIV.

Publicists teach how in marketing to impact. But what impacts God? Stand-out faith. He is drawn to it. He searches for it. He responds to it. He gets disgusted when He can’t find it.

In the verse above, a Roman gentile — despised by the Jews — garners the open admiration of the Jews’ Jew, Jesus. The gentile — supposedly an outsider to the business of God — earns higher marks than the insider, simply because of faith.

It’s easy to NOT believe. When you pray for finances for your ministry, stir yourself to stand-out faith.

10 responses to “Impact God

  1. Thank you for stirring us up to greater faith in the Faithful One! God bless you!

  2. These words were timed perfectly. I have prayed recently for a great move from God and your encouraging words are a reminder to me of His desire of us. Thank you sincerely.

  3. Hmmmm. It seems to me that the Christian out to walk by faith rather than by sight.

    On Sat, Nov 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM, Mustard Seed Budget wrote:

    > ** > posted: “Aphrodite doted on Paris for > his beauty. Zeus loved Hector for his courage. God is a glaring contrast to > the chaos of the Greek pantheon. When He declares Himself “holy,” He is > saying is different. “I am NOT like the false gods.” So what does God > like?”

  4. Hi, Mike! Question for you and your readers – absolutely sincere – no sarcasm here. How do you build your own faith, and that of others? How do you be sure enough of God’s will to amaze Him with your faith in what He will do?

    • Good question. I keep asking myself that question to. Sometimes I think I have an answer. Then I realize that it’s not a complete or right answer, though it may be partial or have some grain of truth. To be honest, I don’t know. The Bible says faith comes by hearing the word. You know that. Beyond that, I am trying to stir myself to faith constantly. It’s so easy to NOT believe. Thanks for the question. I hope my joining you in the struggle of human life helps!

  5. You do help! Truly, not believing is NOT easy. It feels awful. I’m thinking that kindly nurturing faith in ourselves AND in others is our TOP priority since it underlies everything else (salvation, pleasing God, answered prayer, reflecting Him to others). I’m praying and listening (on all frequencies) for faith and better understanding! Blessings, Friend. And thanks for your refreshing honesty and openness!

  6. Pingback: Is God Always on Israel’s Side? (Part 3 of 3) | Gregory C. Cochran

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