When you hear the word “faith.” what do you think of? Whether you realize it or not, faith is an essential part of life. It’s not just about faith in God. For example, every time you sit down on a chair, you have faith that the chair will hold you. You are trusting that the chair won’t collapse under you.
That’s faith – being sure of what you’re hoping for – being certain of what you don’t see or have experienced yet. The Bible defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen( Hebrews 11:1).
Without Faith, It’s Impossible To Please God
Why is faith necessary? Because without it, we cannot please God.
Hebrews 11:6 states, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is a reward of those who diligently seek Him.” Let’s face it – believing in a God we cannot see and believing that He is who He says He is takes faith!
Without faith in God, I would have never believed I could have come out of the very dark place I was in because of the circumstances in my childhood or early adulthood. Without faith, I would have never believed I could be cured from Cancer.
Jesus Notices Our Level Of Faith
In the book of Matthew, we see different people who have different levels of faith.
Matthew 15:28 says, “Then Jesus answered and said to her, O’ woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire. And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
Again in Matthew 14:31, “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, O’ you of little faith, why did you doubt?’
The woman was a Gentile who had faith that Jesus was her only hope for her sick daughter. She wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer from Jesus, so Jesus moved by her faith and granted her request. Imagine if we would not take ‘no’ for an answer when asking God for anything.
The man with little faith was Peter, Jesus’s own disciple. Jesus was walking on the water and invited Peter to come to Him. Peter had the faith to walk to Jesus on the water, but his eyes focused on the wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus insyof our circumstances – this will keep our faith strong during difficulties.
Faith Moves God To Act
Why is faith important to God? Because faith – not need, doubt or fear moves God. Mark 2:5 says, “When Jesus saw (His friends) faith, He said to the paraplegic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.” “The lame man got up, grabbed his mat, and went home! When Jesus saw the faith of the lame man’s friends, He moved on their behalf and healed their friend.
As believers, we often petition God, asking Him to meet our needs, to heal our bodies or relationships, or to give us wisdom. But as James 1:5-7 says, unless we ask in faith without doubting, we won’t receive what we’re asking for,
Faith Strengthens Us During Trials
Because we live in a sinful, fallen world, we face difficulties. But our faith is what helps us remain strong during hard times. We have an enemy, and it’s our faith that acts as a shield to protect us from his schemes and plots, “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16).
We should not be surprised when our faith is tested. James 2:3 says that “the testing of your faith produces patience.” As we stand firm in faith through trials, God gets the glory: “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7).
Faith Fuels What We Do
We demonstrate our faith in God by what we do and how we live. James 2:26 states, “For ad the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Faith and Works are each an oar in your boat of life. They work together to move you forward. Genuine faith is validated by action that follow, likewise,actions done without faith are useless. We must always act in faith!
Our Faith Can Encourage Others
Unshakable faith is noticeable, and it can encourage others to be firm in their faith too. Colossians 1:3-4 says, “We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints.” It’s easier to stay committed to faith in God when you see others doing the same. Choose to stand in your faith and inspire others to do the same.
Timothy was a young pastor who was being mentored by the Apostle Paul. Paul states in 2 Timothy 1:5 “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded in you also.” When our faith is strong and true, it can be passed on to others including our family and friends making a difference in their lives as well.
Faith Is The Foundation Of Salvation
When Jesus walked the earth, the Jewish people were sure they had to keep all the rules of Latin order to be acceptable to God. But when Jesus came, He redefined righteousness” …a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law…” (Galatians 2:16).
While God has His laws that we should follow, we are not defined by works. We are made right with God through faith in Jesus, God’s Som, we are not made right before God by what we do or don’t do, This was a radical shift for the Israelites. They were used to earning their salvation. But as Ephesians 2:8-9 declares, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast,”
We must guard our faith. 1 Timothy 6:11-13 reminds us “But you, O man of God flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called…”
We must be prepared to fight to maintain our faith during the storms of life which will try to derail us. In fact, as we preserve our faith inGod, it will sustain us through the toughest trials, for the glory of God.
Side Note: People have asked me why I put so much time and energy into this blog, for free, I tell you it’s because it’s what God called me to do. Profit means nothing, when you do something for God. I try to write about subjects that it took me quite a bit of time to find out on my own. My aim is to encourage people to find God and learn as much as you can about a relationship with Him. Every day this world gets crazier and crazier. We all need to have faith and hope there is something more when people ultimately destroy themselves. Souls are eternal flesh is not. God bless you