16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.—Romans 1:16-17 (KJV)
I lived as a Christian and even served in the ministry for many years without knowing or understanding probably the most basic concept in the Bible…Faith.
To me it is amazing how many Christians are living pretty much the same way. Many are good at confessing their faith in God but miss out on the fact that God intends for them to live by that same faith. To live by faith is to allow your confidence in God, His love and power to guide and fulfill your life.
I make this statement because of the frustration that is evident among many in the Body of Christ. Many feel powerless against the things that come against them. This frustration and sense of powerlessness comes from, I believe, a lack of knowledge of not only what the Bible is saying to the believer but what it means as well. Faith in God is an empowerment to reach beyond ourselves (our natural lives), and tap into the power of an almighty God.
To live by faith is to live by the power of the Word of God…Who cannot fail! The Word of God contains His plan for our lives…I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.–Jeremiah 29:11 (GNT).
To tap into that plan is what will turn our lives from average to extraordinary! It will answer questions that have been shrouded in a cloud of mystery for far too long. The mystery is there because throughout the ages, men have created their own explanation for those things they don’t understand instead of turning to the Word of God…which has the answers for the circumstances of our lives.
For instance, if a person were to get a ‘bad report’ from the doctor; they could turn to the Word of God and see that God says, “I am the God that heals you” (Exodus 15:26). God’s Word states His plan for our lives. It is our responsibility, as Believers: to accept, believe, and hold on to the Word as it relates to our lives until it becomes reality in our daily lives–this is what it means to “live by faith”.
Consequently, there are two elements we have the choice to live by; one is facts and the other is truth. The world’s report is based upon facts, but the Word is always truth…and Truth is higher than the facts! Jesus said, while praying in John 17 “sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.”
When faced with facts, grab the Truth. In other words, find out what the Word says about the situation you are facing and stand on that (the Word), instead of the facts!
Lest I be misunderstood, I did not say to ignore the facts but rather—BELIEVE THE TRUTH. In other words, believe in what God says more than whatever facts are screaming at you. This is putting your faith in action.Have faith 1st ©2013 Faith1st Ministries
- Faith and the Hypostasis (goceassociation.wordpress.com)
- Faith (ptl2010.com)
- God’s Goodness-The Foundation of Faith/Gloria Copeland (simplyjuliana.com)
- The Life of Faith: Living by Faith, Benjamen Leahey (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)