The Obedience of Faith

Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a land which he was to receive for an inheritance, and he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
A key word here is the word “obeyed.” Because he had faith, Abraham obeyed God. When God told him to leave the land of his fathers, and go to a place he had never seen, Abraham did what God told him to do. His faith led him to obey. It would have been ludicrous for him to say that he had faith in God, and yet remain where he was when God told him to go!

Those who claim faith in God today need to realize that the same thing is true for us.

Like Abraham, if you really have faith in God, it will lead you to obey Him. James 2:14 says, “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” The answer, of course, is “No!” If your faith in God is genuine, it will lead you to obey Him. This condemns the so-called “faith” of millions of people who say they “believe in God” but who have done virtually nothing to show that they are obeying Him. Just proclaiming that you believe in God in not enough. If it is real, then like Abraham, because of your faith, you will obey!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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2 Responses to The Obedience of Faith

  1. Marie-Anne Webster says:

    Thank you so much for this needed reminder and encouragement: Genuine faith will lead us into simple obedience to God! You can never say it enough!

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