A car must have gas to transport us. Cakes and biscuits must contain flour. A shower necessitates water. Doors have handles. Electricity must have a switch. A shade tree will have leaves. A vibrant
spiritual life must have faith.
What is Faith? Faith is simply believing what God has
already done and responding and acting upon it in a positive way!
Without faith we
cannot please God.
In fact, it is impossible
to please Him without faith. This is
very strong statement. Why? Because we must
believe that HE IS and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him
(Hebrews 11:6). Hebrews 11 is the great
faith chapter that lists former saints of God who demonstrated their faith in
obedience to their Lord. It is an
encouraging chapter to read.
God gave us all
faith (Romans 12:3). It
originates from Him. We received faith
in order to place our trust and belief in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9). It was essential to our salvation. We are not capable of saving ourselves from
our sin for it is a transaction that originates from faith and grace given by
Faith is a gift! It is the work of the Holy Spirit (Galatians
5:22; John 20:29).
How does our faith
grow? Faith comes by
hearing and hearing by the Word of God(Romans 10:17). Faith does not stand or rest in man’s wisdom
or human philosophy but comes by the power of God. Therefore we can say that God gives wisdom
which is a principle attribute to obtain. Faith enables us to put our trust in
the wisdom of the Word (2 Corinthians
the power of God in our life. Faith
moves “mountains,” brings healing and miracles!
We want to plead and beg with God, thinking that our much crying moves
His hand. When in reality, everything has already been accomplished on the
Cross of Calvary by Jesus, our Savior.
Jesus paid it all by His precious blood so that our every need is
already been supplied by Grace. Our
faith should rest in what Jesus already accomplished. There is nothing more Jesus needs to do for
our victorious living.
Listen to this
powerful passage of Scripture in Mark 11:22-24:
“And Jesus answering saith unto them,
Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto
this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt
in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to
pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things
soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have
In this passage of Scripture we learn three things: 1) the
requirement is faith, believing what God says.
2) The admonition is NOT TO DOUBT.
3) The promise: we will receive the answer according to our faith.
ISN’T GOD GOOD!
Faith is not
“seeing” in the physical realm before believing. No, my friend, it is “seeing”
it take place in the spiritual realm by believing Scripture, calling it out,
and knowing it will come to pass (Romans 4:17).
It is not an emotion; rather it is trusting in the absolute authority of
Faith works by
love. Love and faith are
“companions” in our Christian walk (Galatians 5:6 and Ephesians 3:17). Again, isn’t Jesus so good to give us
everything we need? We could say that
faith activates our love. The proof of
our Christianity is in the demonstration of our love. Where would we be without the love of
Jesus? I can tell you: a mess!
faith: Doubt is the opposite of faith.
I call doubt
dangerous. Why? It’s because doubt is operating in our own
belief system and self thinking. It will
lead to deception, discouragement, depression, defeat and a host of troubles.
Doubt will lead us to a hard heart so that we are unable to
receive from God. Doubt will cause us to
think and work out situations in our own ways that are contrary to God’s ways.
A hard heart will exchange God’s truth for words and actions of other’s that
are not coming from God. A hard heart and doubt leads to thanklessness and
of faith is fear.
Fear thoughts will not only lead us into negativity but it is a
contributor to sickness in our body and soul.
Faith will be
tested (but we come through stronger): James 1:2-5; 1 Peter 1:7; Psalms 18:30.
work of faith: Our personal worship and praise to our awesome and marvelous
Savior and Lord. We will never be truly used in our faith walk, to the extent
God desires, until we put into practice this daily attitude of gratitude and worship.
BELIEVING, RECEIVING AND DOING GOD’S WORD.
Let’s put up our
Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:17), as commanded, and stand strong in the
Lord and the power of His might. As
Christians, we are not to be conformed to this world but we are to be salt and
light as well as love and hope in this troubled and chaotic world.
sending out this Nuggets of Truth: The life of faith and revelation knowledge of
the Word comes one way. It comes by
absolute surrender to the Lord and His way.
I can tell you, from personal experience, it is a life of beautiful
peace, love and joy, which is quite easy when Jesus is in control. It is
truly worth the surrender.
When we begin to understand how much God loves us with an
unconditional, unfailing, and never-ending love and that Jesus paid the price
for ALL our sins, past, present and future, this love will propel us to love
the Lord more and we have the desire, from the peace within us, to love Him
back. We do not want to hurt Him or His Gospel.
We do not want to sin. It is a work of the Holy Spirit in our behalf.
Faith is the victory that overcomes the World!