“…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”—Luke 18:8 (KJV)
Faith is something; I think is largely misunderstood among Christians. Faith, like many other subjects (i.e. love), is used by many in various ways but often without understanding its significance. Faith is the key to a victorious Christian life—this cannot be understated.
Four times the bible states that the “just shall live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). The word just can be rendered righteous—thereby giving the interpretation that the righteous shall live by faith. Now please do not overlook the word live in these verses, because that little word live has great importance—especially in the believer’s life of faith.
To live is, of course, to “be alive” and “to have life” but it compasses many other things as well. The dictionary defines to live as:
1. To spend, as one’s life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a useful life.
2. To act habitually in conformity with; to practice. (Webster’s Revised Dictionary, 1828)
When connected with the subject of faith, this brings to live to life…so to speak. Just imagine if we spent our life maintaining or continuing constantly and habitually in faith—thereby producing a useful life. Wow! How different would our lives be if we actually lived a life of faith rather than just talked about having faith?
We serve a risen savior who rose with all power in His hands; and then gave us the same power! Do not be mistaken, or do not make the mistake of judging the power of God by the results—or lack thereof—we have experienced in our lives. Faith is meant to produce in the life of a believer! A seed planted in the ground is planted to do one thing…produce! Your faith and my faith has a job to do and that is to produce the power of God in our lives.
The fact is that faith needs to be restored in order for us to experience its power. Jesus scoffed at the Sadducees by telling them “…You’re mistaken because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power.”— (Matthew 22:29). Many are mistaken on the subject of faith because they don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power to take the simplest truths and promises in the Bible and make them a very real part of our lives, when we trust Him to do so.
Living by faith is learning what the Bible says about a thing, trusting that word as truth, believing and confessing (speaking) that it is yours now—not sometime in the future—and standing on that word until you experience it! Faith, the Bible says, “cometh by hearing” the word of God (Romans 10:17). That hearing is not only with your natural ears but also with your heart.
Restoring faith is not some snap of the finger exercise that you can get over night. To have faith restored in your life is an act of faith of itself. You have to trust the word of God that living and working faith is required. For not only do the righteous have to live by faith, but it is impossible to please God without it—(Hebrews 11:6).
The purpose of this blog is to raise the faith consciousness of believers everywhere, while exalting a risen Savior and a God who can do anything. There is more to come on this subject…so stay tuned for the second session of this series because I believe it will be life-changing.
And remember to…Have Faith1st
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