Faith 2/28/18

Faith.

Dictionary: Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Above are two definitions of faith. Faith is about being confident. It is about trust and assurance. That sounds easy, right? What about when it is something you have no control over? Or even something you cannot see? Does that change your confidence or trust?

There is a reason that faith is the first of the eight characteristics in The Law of Process. Everything is determined by our faith. Do I believe that God is all I need and that He will provide for me? Do I believe that my actions matter, that I should be genuine and kind with others, or that I should push through tough times? None of those things makes sense without first trusting that God is taking care of me. That He is watching and that He cares.

Why we need Faith:

God is commonly referred to as our “rock” or “stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2, 2 Samuel 22:3) We need that consistency. We need someone to count on every second of every day. No person can be that consistency for you. God is the only one that has been there every step of your life. Sometimes our parents, a spouse, or even pets can come close to being that for us, but it is never enough. We all have flaws and we have all been guilty of letting someone down. God was there for you. He is there for you. And He will be there for you. This is why we desperately need faith. Faith gives us comfort.

What does faith look like?:

The book of James is probably my favorite in the Bible. It’s all about action. It’s a book of doing. One of my favorite verses in James is chapter two, verse seventeen, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Faith is not passive. Faith is an action. What does your faith look like? How do I know if my faith is growing? Well, what do my actions look like? Believing in God is not enough. James 2:19 tells us that, “even demons believe that.” Faith begins when it becomes active. When it becomes an action.

My actions have always been a good indication of where my faith was. I have always believed in God, but not always been devoted. I used to separate the two, belief from action. What makes it worse is that most of the time I knew what I was doing. I was making conscious, but poor, decisions. In my mind, those things were not reflecting my “faith” or “belief” but in reality, they were. My faith was weak.

As my faith has strengthened I have become aware of how my actions are a direct representation of where my faith is.  I now realize that there is no separating belief from action. God gives us His all, why should we not give the same in return?

Take a moment to look back on your journey. Were there times when you had little faith? Is that time now? Don’t be discouraged or ashamed. Everyone is human and therefore imperfect. God loves us anyway.

What action can you take to display your growing faith?

Prayer: Today I pray that you would make me confident in my faith. Teach me to follow where you are leading. Teach me to be active in my faith. God, I want to grow. I want to be better every day. Amen.

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