Faith

rock-climbing-403487_640James 1:6: But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

We must fight doubts in our hearts by all means because it is what easily disconnects us from the grace of God (James 1:6-8). The bible says that by faith we enter into grace wherein we stand (Romans 5:2). And if we are not experiencing the grace of God, there is nothing we are experiencing that is worthwhile, making faith all the more important.

Jesus came as his grace and truth (grace first) (John 1:14) to upgrade our earthly existence, to reintroduce divinity into humanity, to change the core of our being, to make us good. Jesus said: make the tree good and the branches will be good (Matthew 12:33). The grace is God “making” factor.

Faith is the change of reasoning, from “can God do it?” to “God has done it.” That is why we are told to guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it comes the issues of life (keep words of doubt out and let words of faith in) (Proverbs 4:23), and that is why we are told to renew our minds so that we may be a proof, be able to judge, what the will of God is (Romans 12:2).

And first and foremost the will of God is that we know that he is (Hebrews 11:4-6). That is the content of the first words of the bible: In the beginning, God. After we know that he is, we also need to recognise that he is the rewarder of those who seek him diligently. All these have to do with faith.

Through faith the bible says Abel offered to God an offering that he accepted. Therefore, not only should we know that “God is” by faith, since we do not see him, we also seek him by faith, pressing on because we know that we will experience the reward, but we should offer him our life by faith, commit to his course by faith. In the same vein, giving something to God is by faith, in recognition and respect for who God is, and not by compulsion, not as religious observance.

Giving is all about the motivation (Mark 12:42-43). If you are not motivated by faith then do not expect your gift to be received by God, but if you are motivated by love through which faith works (Galatians 5:6), then you have the right ingredient, to mix with your offering for it to be acceptable.

Remember that in the Old Testament salt must always be added to sacrifices (Mark 9:49, Leviticus 2:13, Ezekiel 43:24), making it valid, of the right quality. Faith is the salt for us. The bible says whatever is not done by faith is sin, and a simple definition of sin, i.e. something not acceptable to God (Romans 14:23).

The bible says that the word of God did not mix with faith in some people so it did not profit them (Hebrews 4:1-3).

Jude wrote that we should contend earnestly for the faith that was once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). He saw it as a challenge in his days as it is now in our days. Jesus asked that when he comes back if he will faith in the earth (Luke 18:8).

Faith empowers us to walk with God. The bible says that by faith Enoch walked with God and was not because God took him (Hebrews 11:5). Without faith we cannot walk with God. Without faith we can have religions but not a relationship with God.

Paul rebuked the church in Galatian that they started relationship with the true God in faith but they later sought to be perfected in the flesh (Galatians 3:1-7). So many people become saved by faith, but they end up seeking to be established by works.

To do the impossible we need faith. It is the way things happen in the realm of the spirit. Man was in faith in that Garden of Eden before the fall and there he enjoyed all the divine largesse (Genesis 2:7-9; 3), but when he fell from faith which is acting based on the word of God he fell from grace, lost the largesse.

That was something similar to what happened to the church in Galatian. They started out in faith, but they yielded to the seduction of wrong teachings, and stopped recognising Jesus (his person and power) as their all in all when it comes to salvation both now and in the future, acting on the truth of the word of God and acting based on faith in Jesus. So falling from faith, which is acting based on the word of God means they fall from grace (Galatians 3:1-7, 5:1-5).

The Christians life is life by faith. The bible says that the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17). Our lives should be guided by the word of God which is how we should live (Psalm 119:9-11). Saul stopped walking by faith when he stopped walking by the word of God and he lost his position as king in Israel. When Saul rejected the word of God, he rejected the walk of faith and he was rejected as king (1Samuel 15:26).

Asking in faith involved having our hearts fix trusting in God (Psalm 112:7). Abraham was a man who receive something from God by faith. He refused to be tied by what he saw in his situation but he was tied to the word of God, and he gave glory to God even when he has not seen the child born (Romans 4:15-21).

Before he received the miracle, he was excited at the possibility God revealed to his heart. The bible says Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6). That faith lifted him up, to being the father of man nations, not just in a physical sense but also in a spiritual sense.

When Abraham left his father’s house and moved to Canaan (Genesis 12:1-5), it was a move of faith, a move into the unknown acting based on the word of God and the result was well worth it.  He left barren but along the way he became a father of many nations. And he is still on that journey today, in us who are of faith like him (Galatians 3:9), carrying his seed of faith.

Peter walked on water as an act of faith (Mathew 14:26-31). He stepped into the unknown, in the dark, just because Jesus said: come. He broke the limits by faith. The supernatural works that Jesus said that we should walk in is by faith. He said we would cast out devils, heal the sick raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and speak with new tongues (Mark 16:15-20).

While on earth, Jesus took the disciples on a rigorous training of faith. He correctly identified where they were in the faith spectrum, pointing out their faith deficiency. He modelled faith and the supernatural before them and release them to carry out the same. Eventually they got it. After Jesus left the scene and the Holy Spirit came Peter and his group rocked Jerusalem with the supernatural power of God by faith (Acts 1:8).

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