Serving God Establishes Our Faith

“…Have faith in God.”Mark 11:22 (KJV)

For a Believer, serving God carries with it many benefits; healing, prosperity, forgiveness of sin, and righteousness, are just a few of them—they just come with the package. Other than the gaining of righteousness or right-standing with God, in the new birth, we also gain the faith of God through Jesus!

to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”—2 Peter 1:1

Many Christians will talk about receiving the Spirit of God, among other things, but the receiving of faith…not so much! Oh, they may say they have faith but what they are really saying is they believe in God. The belief in God and to believe and accept Jesus as Lord is just one step to living for and serving God whole-heartedly and developing a living, breathing, mountain-moving, life of faith.

In an earlier post we learned that Serving God Gives You Peace,” and that peace in Hebrew is Shalom and it suggests: being whole, full, complete, not fragmented, and made perfect. One area of our Christian experience and walk that we really need to be whole, full, complete, not fragmented, and made perfect is our faith. The Bible tells us in Jude 20: “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” We absolutely must build ourselves by building our faith. And that faith is facilitated in our daily lives.

“The just shall live by faith.”Romans 1:17

Every step a Believer take in their walk with God should be another building block that further establishes our life of faith. Many may talk about “having faith” or “living by faith” but not in the power that God intended it to be in our lives. Because that faith has to be established day by day as we serve our Lord.

To establish, according to the dictionary, is: to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis; to show to be valid or true.

“…Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.”—Galatians 2:20 (Message)

When we make Christ our life and central focus, things turn from the external to the internal. No more of our looking out to Him as being somewhere we have to reach to, but rather to Him actually living inside of us with all of His power, grace and faith—enabling us to rise above the circumstances of life.

Allowing the faith of Christ to be established within us should carry certain evidence:

  • Faith’s Conviction – this is where we walk in the certainty of the realization of God in our lives; as well as daily acknowledging of the revelation of His truth in the Word and in our lives. “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”—Romans 4:20
  • Faith’s Surrender – this is where we simply say “not our will, but Yours Lord.” We see this example given by Jesus in the Garden, when He made the decision to surrender. This decision is a decision to receive His way as our own; “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”—John 1:12
  • Faith’s Conduct – this is where we exhibit the evidence of the decision to surrender. In other words, we begin to live by the faith that Jesus carries on the inside of us. It does not come from the external it comes as a part of the package when we make the decision to allow the Lord to live in us and through us; for “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”—2 Corinthians 5:17

Yes, my friend, serving God does have benefits and one of them is it establishes our faith. This is not a one-time thing; it is a day-by-day, minute-by-minute, surrender to His Will and trusting in His Sovereignty!

Have Faith1st

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Sebastian is a Christian, Author and Church Leadership trainer. His ministry calling, love for God, and His people; has led him into ministry of all types for over thirty years. He and his wife enjoy helping people in their walk of faith and finding solutions to the struggles of life, especially in the area of healing and marriage. Faith1st Blog is designed to open and continue the discussion on the subject of biblical "faith" as a "living" element of the Christian life. - "the just shall live by faith" - Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 (KJV).

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  12. Wanda says:

    What a fresh and practical perspective on faith. I like how you took it from just an abstract concept and pointed out what faith looks like in our every day living. When the word is expounded upon in this manner people it becomes useful for implementation.

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    • Sebastian says:

      Hi Wanda! Thank you for your response to this post…it is both refreshing and encouraging to know that someone has read and appreciated what you have shared. God bless you my sister! –Sebastian

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  15. nackynice says:

    Reblogged this on Nizy's Life Compendium and commented:
    I just want to share this to those people I love: My family, relatives, friends, readers, co-bloggers, followers and to those wonderful soldiers of God.

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  16. nackynice says:

    insightful post… Thanks for sharing this! I love it so much!!!

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  17. Jerry Cartwright says:

    Having faith and believing certainly go hand in hand. In the scripture; [Matthew 17:20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”] Jesus emphasizes the importance of faith, but He requires a qualification of belief. I wonder, from this verse just how little faith man can have. Jesus makes a point of using the smallest of grains, a mustard seed to illustrate how powerful faith can be. Not so obvious is the message that the mustard seed grows into a very large tree. Luke 13:19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
    You gave a truly edifying message on the subject. I thank you for it. God bless your work!

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    • Sebastian says:

      Hi Jerry! You are welcome and I thank you for your kind and encouraging words.
      Your points are well made and I appreciate your clarity! I do believe that Jesus gave us a lesson in the ‘mustard seed’ example. I believe that nature teaches us that a seed is of no good unless it is planted.
      A seed’s purpose is to grow when planted…therefore, our faith, like a seed, need to be planted or used as you would a seed. When we do this, we will begin to experience the results…growth into a “large tree” that enables the birds to “lodge” under it.
      Thank you again my brother for checking in and adding to the discussion! God bless you! –Sebastian

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  20. Lyn Leahz says:

    Sebastian, this article is very well thought out and well written. You wrote it in such a way as instructions, so that someone could look at this and actually realize, “Oh, this is how you do it! And this is what this mean! Ah, I finally understand!” My favorite part? Surrender. The hardest thing for people to do…to surrender what ‘they’ want. “Well, if I want this, I know God wants ME to be happy..so that’s what He wants.” That’s how so many, including myself from time to time, and in the past…we forget…no matter what things look like to us…God can see ahead where we cannot. He knows what is best. Will He give you that boat if he forsees you’ll forget about Him in all of your boating events? Or that you’re going to go out and get killed on it? Does a father give his 10 year old a car? Absolutely not! He’s not ready for it. The only car he’s getting is Hot Wheels! LOL Surrender…give up the fight, raise the flag and wave it fanatically…give up what we want, what we think, what we know, and everything we have understood in this world by the flesh…don’t trust what we see or feel…But we say, “my goodness…this is everything we’ve been taught! This is all I know? How do I do this?” Faith, and surrender! God is not what we see or know in the way the world has taught us; He is everything the world has not taught us!

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    • Sebastian says:

      Hi Lyn! What a great response! Among other things, I really liked your point: “God is not what we see or know in the way the world has taught us; He is everything the world has not taught us!” The world doesn’t have a clue about the goodness of God! Unfortunately, it seems the Church has adopted more of the world’s outlook of God than what the Bible tells us…to this I just shake my head and say “Father, forgive us!” God bless you my sister! –S

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  21. asd539 says:

    Awesome post Sebastian. Thanks for relating my davidsbodytemple to your blog. “When we make Christ our life and central focus, things turn from the external to the internal. No more of our looking out to Him as being somewhere we have to reach to, but rather to Him actually living inside of us with all of His power, grace and faith—enabling us to rise above the circumstances of life.” This is an awesomely true statement. Jesus is right there inside of us, what sometimes keeps us in the reaching out phase is our own negative view of ourselves. When we have negative thoughts about ourselves we are still in the reaching out phase. When we love ourselves the way God loves us then we can tap into that joy, peace and love that will come out of our hearts like a river out of control. Great post, I now have to follow you. You’re awesome!! 🙂

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    • Sebastian says:

      Thank you for the kind words David! Your reception of the message makes it easy to share…I appreciate your enthusiasm!! Your point, “When we have negative thoughts about ourselves we are still in the reaching out phase. When we love ourselves the way God loves us then we can tap into that joy, peace and love that will come out of our hearts like a river out of control.”…is right on point! God bless you my friend! –S

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