The Obedience of Faith

Hebrews 11:7 – By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Genesis 6:9 – This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

Noah was a righteous man, he aimed to please God; he was a blameless man, he had integrity with people, and the reason he could be righteous and blameless is that it had to do with his walk. Walking with God is called pleasing God.

Can you make God smile? That’s pleasing God, making their decisions based on their relationship with God. The first 8 verses of Chapter 6 of Genesis, tells us what kind of world Noah was surrounded by and yet Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was walking with God when nobody else was.

Genesis 6:5 – Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Let me tell you what else was going on: Fallen angels, who are sexless, infiltrated evil men who had relationships with women, producing a demonized population!

Demons need a vehicle through which to express themselves. They are spirits, and that’s why Jesus cast them out of the insane man and they asked to go into the swine. They needed a house a host.

That is why when people try to deal with the sin without dealing with the demons, they wind up right back where they started in the first place. The world calls it “additions,” but the Bible calls it a “spiritual stronghold.” There is a “grip” by the demonic world to that addition.

Then here’s Noah walking with God. I imagine that seemed odd to the rest of the world. Noah didn’t conform to this world. It’s easy to be a Christian while sitting in the church among other believers, but when you step outside, the pressure comes to conform you to the world.

Does anyone remember growing up in a Christian world where even if you were not a Christian, you still respected the Christian world view? I do. Almost everyone I knew when I was growing up went to church or certainly didn’t make fun of those who did.

But now, Christianity has become persecuted all around the world and the more serious we are with our walk with God the odder we’ll look. Noah walked so close to God that he was the only one that God was talking to. Hebrews 11 says, “being divinely warned,” by God, Noah knew what God intended to do. Some can’t hear from God because they are too far away.

Genesis 6:11 – The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. (Verse 12) So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. (Verse 13) And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. “Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”

Hebrews 11:7, says, that Noah built an ark when he hadn’t seen anything yet. Meaning, he’d never seen a flood, and it hadn’t rained up to this point. So God is warning Noah about something he’s never seen before.

When God is close enough to you to speak directly to you and what He tells you is weird, He’s getting ready to do something big! He told Noah to build a boat on dry land, the earth is going to be flooded even though Noah had never seen a flood let alone rain! That’s weird! As soon as God told Noah to start building the ark and how to do it, he started doing it.

Why is it that believers today only want to do half or part of what God says to do? To walk by faith is completing what God tells us to do. If you’re not walking with Him, obedience becomes an irritation. However, if you are walking closely with Him, obedience becomes natural to you.

We need our walk to appreciate the obedience even when the obedience doesn’t make sense. Noah was obedient from the first gopher wood he cut down and kept on for 120 years. Don’t forget: Noah did everything God told him to do without seeing any evidence of what God said was going to happen.

2 Peter 2:5 – says that Noah is a preacher of righteousness – and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly,…

So the entire time Noah is building the ark, his preaching to the people, trying his best to warn them, “The rain is coming!” He worked and he witnessed! Can you imagine how they mocked him? They didn’t even know what the word rain meant.

Noah moved with godly fear and prepared the ark for the saving of his household. That’s what a kingdom man does! Kingdom men don’t abandon their families. Noah let the rest of his family see his faith. Noah condemned the world by his work on the ark and his witness.

And then 120 years later, water started coming down. Animals and family knew it was time to step into the ark. Can any of us imagine waiting on God to give us instructions on something for that long? When God tells us to do something, we want all the details upfront before we step out. Tha’s not how it works.

Noah’s civilization found out too late that God was real and Noah was walking with the true God. Matthew 24:37 – “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Are we not seeing the days of Noah right now? Everything goes! Even Christians compromise their faith to please others’ opinions of them. Is Jesus not our ark of safety? Are we not sealed like the ark was sealed with “pitch?” And if you think your faith is weak or just not strong enough, hang out with someone that has enough for you both!

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you know to start paying attention and walk as close to God as you can. We don’t see exactly what’s coming but we’ve read the Bible and its clear. So walk with God today and be prepared for the future.

Be known for the person that, “Walks with God!”

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