This week let’s talk about faith. You probably know that Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as, “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We know that our salvation is obtained by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The truth is, all of God’s promises can only be received by faith. This is true concerning salvation (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10); physical healing (Matthew 9:22; James 5:15); material provisions (Matthew 6:28-32); or whatever our particular circumstances might be (Mark 11:24; Matthew 17:20).
By faith we are justified (Romans 3:28), sanctified (Acts 26:18), and preserved (I Peter 1:5). By faith we overcome satan (Ephesians 6:16) and the world (I John 5:4). By faith we have access to God (Romans 5:2); inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12); stand (2 Corinthians 1:24); walk (2 Corinthians 5:7); live (Galatians 2:20) and die (Hebrews 11:13). Put simply, in our walk with Christ nothing that we have, nothing we hope to accomplish, obtain, or become, is possible without faith.
So given the importance of faith to our walk with God, it becomes imperative that we develop that faith. The obvious question then becomes how?
In Romans 10:17 the Apostle Paul tells us, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Or more specifically, faith comes by hearing and believing the word of God.
Believing His Word is believing God. God will not fail to fulfill every promise that He makes to us because, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a human being, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not make it happen?” (Numbers 23:19 NET).
I think the general lack of faith among many Christians today is primarily due to the fact that we don’t know what God’s Word promises. The Old and New Testament prophets and apostles did not have some special degree of faith more than the rest of us. They received their answers to prayer and the power to work miracles and perform mighty acts the same way we do. They heard and believed the Word of God.
Let’s face it. We all lead busy lives and we have to balance that life with family, church, work, and any number of other things that pop up on any given day. Carving out time to read our Bible is often no easy task. However, even if our time in the Word is limited to ten minutes a day we need to develop the mind-set that the words we read, although written by a man, are actually the words of God. 2 Peter 1:21 says, “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
If we can begin to see the Word in that light then we know that His promises are true… ALL of them, and we can begin to grow in our faith knowing that this is what pleases God. (Hebrews 11:6).
Walking with Christ is a process. We learn as we grow so don’t get discouraged if you aren’t where you think you should be. As a wise man once told me, just keep on keepin’ on. Remember, the first thing recorded in Romans 10:17 is God’s promise. “So then faith comes…”. God will always reward those who seek to know Him more and the truth of His Word.
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