What does it take to make faith real in our lives and why is faith so important? How do we make faith in action a reality.
But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
I propose that we need to bring action to our faith. That it’s not enough to simply utter words, pray prayers and believe. These are all good things but faith also requires us to act.
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
Putting faith in to action can be a challenge. For example, in the area of finance, I’ve asked God to provide for my family but then not had peace in the tough times. Instead, I would over work because I was worried about the future. That is not putting action in to my faith.
On the other hand, by the Grace of God, I’ve also been able to exercise great faith in the area of finance.
Back in the dot com boom era, around the end of the millennium, I moved my family to a new area to seek my fortune with a promising dot com company. About seven moths later the dot com boom went bust. The company went out of business and the employment market was flooded with people just like me with no jobs available. I put my faith in to action and determined to simply take the steps I could take and leave the rest to God. Day after day I hand crafted resumes from dawn to dusk. Week after week I sought interviews with any company that would open their door – and there were very few. Month after month I faced rejection after rejection. At the end of nine months of doing my part but leaving the outcome to God a dream job came through. I was not the most qualified for the job, I was not the most experienced but I had been faithful (full of faith). I put my best foot forward and was accepted to head up the company. I believe that God took notice of my faith in action, and provided an opportunity when the world was saying that there was no opportunity.
The Relevance Of Faith In Action
Faith is relevant in the middle of a storm.
Faith is relevant in the routine of life.
Faith is relevant when there is fear.
Faith is relevant in the mundane.
Faith is relevant in spite of the facts.
Faith is relevant in poverty.
Faith is relevant in abundance.
Faith is relevant for the future.
Faith is relevant in the face of adversity.
Faith is relevant for growth.
Where Does Faith Begin
I propose that faith begins with relationship with God.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Relationship with God comes from being rooted in His Word. It is built by getting to know God.
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she [wisdom] is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
The Assurance Of Faith
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
A title deed for a house is the confirmation of who owns the property. A marriage certificate is the assurance of who is married to who. There is no doubt or confusion.
Faith’s title deed is the word of God. God’s Word is the basis of our faith. I know what to have faith in because I read it in God’s Word. I know because I heard it from the Holy Spirit.
I have faith because I stand on God’s Word. Here are some examples:
- I have faith that God will supply all my needs.
And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
- I have faith that God’s intention for me is to be a leader.
The Lord will make you the head (leader) and not the tail (follower); and you will be above only, and you will not be beneath, if you listen and pay attention to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, to observe them carefully.
- I have faith that I walk in God’s favour.
The Lord will open for you His good treasure house, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow.
- I have faith that God will provide for every good work to which I put my hand.
And God is able to make all grace [every favour and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.
2 Corinthians 9:8
- I have faith that I have abundance in my life.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
- I have faith that my sins are forgiven.
For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Saviour] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.
And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Saviour and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].”
- I have faith that I am healed.
He personally carried our sins in His body on the [a]cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been [b]healed.
1 Peter 2:24
Do you have a promise from God that you’ve burned deep in your heart that drives your faith? Mine is:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
My father hung a plaque in my room when I was a boy with this verse on it. I read it often and it has lodged so deeply in my heart that even when times are tough and I feel like I can’t do it, can’t press on or can’t continue I know, deep down, that I can.
Standing on God’s promises build’s your faith.
What The Bible Says About Faith
THE PARALYSED MAN
The story about Jesus healing the paralysed man demonstrates His response to seeing faith in action.
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], He said to the paralysed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus also makes it clear that those who have faith are blessed.
So the other disciples kept telling him (Thomas), “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.”
Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, do you now believe? Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, and favoured by God] are they who did not see [Me] and yet believed [in Me].”
Putting Faith In To Action
We’re talking about faith in action, so what are our actions?
It’s interesting to me that in churches everywhere people sing songs with their voices but then do not put the words they’re singing into action.
- We sing “We kneel at your feet” but then we don’t kneel.
- We sing “Hallelujah” but then we complain
- We sing “The God of the impossible” but the we don’t believe there is a way through a challenge.
NEXT ACTION STEP
By taking action we’re letting God know that we’re serious. We may not be able to do the whole thing but we can do the one thing. For example:
You can decide to attend Church regularly even when you don’t feel like it. Just determine to go the next time.
Eliminating junk food will improve your diet and your health. Start with eliminating just one item.
You can stop smoking, Start by throwing away 1 cigarette when you first open a pack.
You can break an addiction. Make a start by joining a support group like AA or NA.
You can break free from depression. Start by reaching out to one person.
You can overcome anxiety. Start by taking a breath.
Let’s bring action to our faith.