Today's encouragement comes from the immortal words of Hebrews 11:6, which say this:
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him [God], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
This amazing verse, along with the chapter in which it is found, is of great en-couragement to every sincere Christian church member. Why? Among other reasons, because it highlights the primacy of the one grace (faith) that imme-diately fetches our Only Hope (Jesus) to our souls. Also, when we look at the "heroes" of the true religion mentioned in Heb., ch. 11, we see a lot of people who were ordinary sinners—just like us—but who were *extraordinary* be-cause of their exercise of faith (just like we get to do).
Let us recognize that faith pleases God because it asserts that it believes He exists, and that He can do anything He wants to, for our good. Are we weak in other graces? Then, let us not worry, so long as we have faith in Jesus.
[Puritan quote of the day: "A believing soul dares venture his name, his es-tate, his life, yea, his eternal life on God. He dares to put them all into His hands.” —Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "Gospel Remission"]