Hebrews 11:5-6 (HCSB)
By faith Enoch was taken away so he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away. For prior to his removal he was approved, since he had pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
Isaiah 25:1 (HCSB)
Yahweh, You are my God; I will exalt You. I will praise Your name, for You have accomplished wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
Ephesians 2:4-5 (HCSB)
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
Seeing God’s Glory
I think all too often we expect God to ‘show us’ something miraculous, as a precursor to our acknowledging His Glory.
John 11:40 (HCSB)
Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
His Glory, is not subject to our recognition or approval. Likewise, there is no ‘faith’ involved in seeing God work in our lives.
Anyone who says, ‘Because God did this; I have faith’, is mistaken.
Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB)
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
Belief is grounded in faith. Therefore, we don’t believe because we see, we actually ‘see’ because we have faith and as a result, we believe.
Romans 3:23 (HCSB)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 7:10 (HCSB)
For godly grief produces a repentance not to be regretted and leading to salvation, but worldly grief produces death.
Romans 8:1-2 (HCSB)
Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus,, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
Psalms 139:23 (HCSB)
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.
Matthew 23:9 (HCSB)
Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven.
John 4:14 (HCSB)
But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again — ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well, of water springing up within him for eternal life.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (HCSB)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
Proverbs 14:27 (HCSB)
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death.
Matthew 5:6 (HCSB)
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled.
Longing for God
Psalms 42:1-2 (HCSB)
As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?
Praise God Who Satisfies
Psalms 63:1 (HCSB)
God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.