Many of us believe that we; have to believe in God. And many verbally claim to believe in God, but with a uncertainty in their voice as if to say they believe in a couldron filled with gold at the end of the rainbow. It sounds more like false hope. We believe, but actually, we only believe that we believe. The substance of faith, and knowing that we know is absent. When you have true faith in something, no one, can change your mind by means of any argument or debate, as your faith is commited to a promise, such as the Word of God.
The word Faith occurs 247 times in 231 scriptures in the King James Bible. It comes from the Greek word pistis pis’-tis meaning: persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher, especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious Gospel truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. [Strongs Dictionary]
I just want to tread lightly on this subject. Much of what I have to say here is opinion based, but I will try and back up what I mention here with scriptures from the Bible. Please feel free to leave your comments after reading this article.
So what is faith?
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Jam 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jam 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
2Co 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:
In a nutshell, faith:
- is the evidence of things unseen.
- comes by hearing and reading the Word of God. i.e. the Bible
- pleases God.
- without works, is dead.
- is what we should live by, what we physically see is discredited.
Faith is the essential seed from which our actions should germinate. Faith and actions strongly complement each other. When we take a step of faith, we take the step to perform (the action), but not before we first believe (the faith issue).
Once a preacher told the story of a man who spanned a cable accross a very high crevice in the earth. The cable was so high above the bottom of the crevice, that should anyone plunge towards, they would most certainly be struck dead, with no chance of survival.
The acrobat had a small audience, and he displayed his act of walking to and fro, on the cable, numerous times. The audience “oooh-ed” and “aaah-ed” as he repeated his trick, later even without his balancing pole. Then, he claimed to perform the impossible, he was going to walk accross the wire, this time pushing a wheelbarrow, turn around with it and return. The crowd was extatic, and cheering him on.
“Do you believe that I can do the wheelbarrow trick, with someone in it?”, the acrobat asked. “Sure!!!” the crowd responded. But when it came to the “Who’s volunteering?” part of the act, everyone fell mysteriously silent…
Someone would have needed to get into the wheelbarrow, in order for the acrobat to make his act come to pass. Without action (i.e. getting into the barrow) from the believers, the wheelbarrow would be empty, and the acrobat robbed of his glory in performing this act that no one else, can seemingly perform.
It works exactly the same with us and God. We need to believe in God, trust Him in His promises, and go into taking action, to make His divine promises come to pass. Without us taking action, in faith, God cannot and will not fulfill His promise. Without faith, we cannot please God.
Believing contractual promise
When one person, the promiser, makes a promise to another ,the promisee, the promisee has to listen, hear, and believe what the promise maker says to be true. In other words, the promisee has to hear the word of the promiser, have faith, trust and confidence in the contractual statement made by the promiser, who commits to fulfill the promise he makes. Should the promiser break his promise, he can face consequenses such as going to court, just as an example.
Highest authority promises
This is analogous with our faith in God, accept we cannot and will never need to take God to court for breaking His word. Firstly because God is a God of integrity, and promises in His Word that it will NEVER return unto Him void.
Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Secondly, there is no authority higher than God, so even if God did break a promise, who where you going to tell? Fortunately for us, we serve a gracious, merciful and compassionate God.
Psa 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
We start believing and having faith in God as a response to promises that God makes to us. If we believe what He says is true, and we accept Gods mercyful promise, all we need is to do is take action in accordance to His word and only then can it come into its full manifestation in our lives. For example, consider the following promise Jesus made:
Jam 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Mar 16:15-18 And He Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Will we have the guts to say to the cripled or sick, take your bed and go forth, be healed in Jesus name? Mostly we are too afraid to even take action on the faith we proclaim, by doing as little as speaking the truth, directly out of the Word of God.
Some of us Christians have not even the boldness to tell other people that there is only one God, and that : Joh 14:6 Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Him.
We are too afraid we might get taken to court for discriminating against another man’s religion. Even though God the Father promised:
Luk 12:11-12 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
Not trusting God
Actions speak louder than words! If we do not believe the promise that God makes to us, we are making a seriously disgraceful insinuation, one that states that:
- God cannot be taken serious on His word
- God is inadequate to fulfill His promises
- God is lying
- … or for you, God simply does not exist after all.
Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
The Message states it like this:
Heb 10:29 what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit?
Calling God a liar, through actions
Denying Gods Word through not having faith, absolute trust and undeniable confidence in His promise, is a sin. One that will have you cast in hell for eternity. Therefore, not believing in the blood of Jesus Christ, means you’re denying Gods pure existence, you are insulting his most gracious Spirit, judging His integrity and in fact making Him a liar.
What God promises
Here are a few promises God makes to us, His children:
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Pro 3:7-8 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
If you do not take God seriously for His promises…consider yourself in trouble. Repent, for the Kingdom is near!
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Doubt is purely an attack from Satan and his accomplices, a deceitful lie, just like the one he told to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan insinuated that God cannot be trusted, and that He is a liar. Every day, Satan is trying to exhalt himself above God, the enemy is working hard to break down your faith.
Isa 14:12-13 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Jam 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he WILL flee from you.
Take a stand in faith, or you will fall for anything!
Take up your faith in perserverance, stand for what you believe, and be willing to fight for it.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Despite of how circumstances look, if people attack you and try to tell you that you are going overboard with this faith thing, keep on believing, persistently having faith in perseverance and I promise, you will prove them in the wrong by the worthiness and trustworthiness of the Word of God. You shall not be put to shame!!!
Resist the devil
We should live by faith and not by sight, and we must believe so steadfastly, that no person, demonic force or deceitful news bulletin must be able to move us. If someone attacks, just look and see into the spritual realm, it’s Satan attacking you, lying to you. I suggest you keep your course, do not deviate, but instead go over him like a steamroller.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Friends, we are fighting an already triumphant war. The only battle remains now, to get as many souls into heaven as possible, purely to the glory of God the Father.
May you all dwell in divine peace, under the protection of our loving God, and the authoritive guidance and teaching of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.