Genesis 1-3 The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
All through the Bible we hear the call of God to His people. In Genesis, we see the Father of our Faith, Abraham, who heard God and responded. How did he respond? Genesis 15:6 tells us: Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Jesus was asked on one occasion (John 6:28, 29), . . . "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
Galatians refers quite a bit to Abraham. It tells us to Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. Chapter 3 then goes on to speak of Christ becoming a curse for us on His cross so that we might believe. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. . . . You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
So how do we move toward believing God? How can we respond as Abraham and so live by faith? Romans 10:17 (KJV) tells us, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. God's word to us has the power within it to bring forth faith. So as we seek to live by faith, I would suggest that the way to move toward faith would be to put ourselves in a position to hear the word of the Lord. We are blessed in that He has recorded His word in the Bible for us to explore. And we are blessed in that we are awakened unto God by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and have been given of His Spirit to enable us to receive His word and believe it so that we may live in it. And so, as Abraham, let us turn our ear unto the Lord this day to hear His voice and so respond in faith.
One problem we encounter as we hear the word of the Lord is that we have old patterns of thinking ingrained in our minds which may be contrary to His word. But here/hear again, as we present ourselves unto the Lord, His Spirit within us is at work cleaning out the cobwebs and instead establishing new thoughts of the new creation. Romans 12:1, 2 (KJV) instructs us: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. And one final note, as we present ourselves as an offering, it is the altar that makes us holy. Someone once said concerning a living sacrifice, the trouble with a living sacrifice is that it keeps taking itself off the altar. So we must continue to position ourselves before the Lord to humble ourselves before Him, to turn our ear unto Him, and to revere Him in such a way as to choose to yield to Him. As we continue to soak in His word, faith will rise in us to walk forth in faith.