Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God MUST believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Christians are to live a life that is pleasing to God and Hebrews 11:6 reveals that it is impossible to do that without faith. The person who comes to God must do two things:
(1) believe that He is and (that is believe in an unseen, invisible Being),
(2) that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
“Must” means it is an imperative necessity. If you want to please God and live a victorious life, you better know about faith. The kind of life that pleases God is a life of faith. You may be a lovely Christian, but your life won’t be pleasing to God unless you learn to take Him at His Word and put your trust in that Word. He’ll love you but not be pleased. God is pleased (has pleasure) when we have faith not when we draw back. Hebrews 10:34‑39 says, “Now the just shall live by faith but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” We are not to draw back (withdraw) from opportunities where we have to use our faith. The things that are naturally impossible God expects us to use faith for them. If we can’t see how to do it in the natural, it’s a faith project, it’s a faith challenge.
The requirement to live by faith to please God is also so we can experience victory in life in all areas of our life. I John 5:4 says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” Look no farther for a way to win in life, this is it, faith is it. This is the victory we’ve been looking for, it’s in our faith. Your faith is the answer in every area of your life, in this world, that you want victory in. If the devil through deception and lies can keep us looking for victory in life in another way, and keep us out of faith, he can keep us out of victory.
Our faith is in Jesus’ total victory over sin, sickness, satan, and the curse. Our faith proceeds from a victory already won and it becomes ours the moment we are born of God. We maintain that victory over what we face in life by our faith. Faith in His grace, the finished work of God in Christ, is all the victory we will ever need.