Faith is the foundation of our existence. It’s impossible to get through life without faith. Faith is the source of most things in Christians’ lives. Life is based solely on faith. A life lived in disbelief is a life lived in death.
The phrase “The just shall live by faith.” appears about four times in the scripture (see Romans.1:17; Galatians.3:11; Hebrews.10:38; Habakkuk. 2:4). “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established” (2.Cor.13:1).
What is faith?
Faith is not waiting; it’s a moving or doing force. The fact that you’re obeying God’s commands demonstrates your faith. You can’t claim to have faith unless you’re willing to obey. We learn from the Bible that faith without works is dead (James.2:26). The best sign of our love for God is obedience.
Faith is the substance of what is hoped for and the evidence of what is not seen (Heb.11:1). From this definition, take note of these two keywords: “hope” and “evidence.”
There would be no manifestation if there was no expectation. As you obey, keep an open mind. Without obedience to biblical rules, all hope is lost. The act of obeying is a statement of hope. Following scriptural instructions as a way of life demonstrates that you believe in God’s promises.
“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke.1:45).
Never give up. You’re not serving God for no reason; there’s a reason you’re doing so. It’s not a waste of time to devote yourself to God. At the end of the tunnel, there is a ray of hope. No more than one night of weeping is authorized.
“And For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” -Proverbs.23:18
Unfortunately, many so-called “born-again” Christians approach God with no expectations. Bring explicit expectations to God every time. Jesus, have mercy on me shouted the blind Bartimeus (Mark,10:47). What did you want me to do, Jesus inquired? (go straight to the point). What kind of child do you require from God if you require one? Is it a boy or a girl? Most of our prayer requests are sometimes ambiguous. Specific prayers pique Jesus’ interest.
This man, who had been sitting by the pool for over thirty years, laments that he had no one to assist him (John.5:1-15). Many of you lament that you don’t have a brother or uncle to aid you since they have their own duties to carry. Everyone bears responsibility for the course of his or her life. YOU are in charge of the result of your life. You will continue to be a liability unless you begin to take responsibility for your life. God did not make us to be burdens, but rather to be blessings to our world. His message instructs us to be fruitful and replenish the earth. The fruit of the womb is not the only source of fruitfulness. It permeated all elements of existence.
Evidence. Without evidence, your faith is bogus. The outcomes are evidence that your faith is genuine. Why do we have so many born-again Christians who don’t have any outcomes to show for it? God’s own people are destroyed due to a lack of knowledge (Hosea.4:6). There is no mountain anywhere; everyone’s mountain is his ignorance. Your life cannot be more lovely than the quality of your light. There are no lucky men; there are lighted men.
There is both strong and little faith. You can still sink with a little faith. With a little faith, Peter was walking on the water to meet Jesus when he began to sink, and Jesus replied, “O ye of little faith.” This is why it is critical to increase your faith. It may take some time to develop your faith, but it will pay off in the end. It is given to each person according to his or her faith. Every person Jesus healed, He told them, “Be it unto you according to your faith.” I cannot believe for you. I really wish I could. It is your job to place a high premium on developing your faith.
Praying in the Holy Spirit is one of the cheapest ways to strengthen our faith (Jude.1:20). Equipping oneself with knowledge of God’s word is a definite approach to strengthen your faith. Maintaining a daily prayer life is also an excellent method to strengthen your faith. It is all up to you. In the miraculous market, faith is your purchasing power.
“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” (Hebrews.11:6).
Hearing God’s Voice (When God Leads…)
Faith develops into trust as a result of hearing directly from God. Most of us understand that faith comes from hearing God’s word. As much as this is true, great faith (which I refer to as trust) is gained by hearing directly from God. You can’t hear from God and doubt Him. This was the mystery behind the ancient men’s obedience. All biblical heroes heard God’s voice, which enabled them to trust Him. This is why Moses was able to cross the Red Sea; he was able to obey because he had received it from God.
When God told Moses, “I have made you a God unto Pharoah.” He approached Pharoah not as a man, but as god. God told Abraham to sacrifice his long-awaited son, his only child, and he did it because he heard God speak to him. Unfortunately, most so-called born-again believers do not believe they can hear from God. Some people do not believe that God speaks to them at all. This is why it is critical to understand how to hear from God. Every day, God want to communicate with you. But He does not speak to a deaf ear. If God tells you to take a step and you fail, He may not reveal the following step to you. God leads step by step.
God sees your past, present, and future. and He’ll want to teach you everything. Everything includes your finances, marriage, business, career, academics, health, and so on. You’re frustrated because you make important decisions in life without consulting God. You chose your marriage without seeking divine guidance, and you invested in businesses in which God was not involved. That is the root of your ups and downs.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this verse:
“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith ” (Romans.1:17).
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