Faith is simply taking God at His word and then acting on it.
Jesus said, Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have
believed (John 20:29b). These words are for you and me because we have not seen Him
in the days of His incarnation.
Jesus is not suggesting faith without the facts, but a
satisfied faith. It is a faith that is satisfied with Gods provisions and does
not plead for visions, miracles or strange experiences as evidence of Gods
Jesus is saying that a faith without these evidences is superior
because it is a mature faith.
Gods word is full of promises to those who by faith act on His
truths. God blesses faith in the Triune God. The Bible teaches us to
trust in Him, and not the living out of some spectacular
experience. The blessings of God are for all believers, and are
common to all who call upon the name of Christ as God and Savior.
If we are constantly looking for spectacular miracles, rather than walking by
faith in Christ, we will gradually become insensitive to the thousands of normal everyday
experiences that God continually gives us.
God blesses those who live by faith,
and not by sight. The person who enjoys the great benefits of the
Christian life lives by their faith in the character and benevolence of God and not
in the evidence of visions, miracles, or other religious experiences.
It is by faith that we become the children of God and enter into His
family (Jn. 1:12-13). We received eternal life by simple faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of
God who gave His life for us and rose from the dead (Jn. 3:16; 20:30-31; 11:25-26).
It is also by faith in Christ that we grow in His likeness. We live
by faith in Him and He delivers us from spiritual darkness and bondage (12:46). He gives
us His life to enjoy today. Jesus is the Bread of Life and He invites us to feast upon Him
by faith (6:35). All of our spiritual longings are fulfilled as we walk by faith in
It is by faith in Christ that He uses us to minister to a faithless
world (14:12). When the child of God takes Him at His word He uses us to impact a watching
world. The unbelieving world is watching to see what God is going to do in and through
your life. Do we step out by faith and trust Him to do the impossible in our lives? This
is the only way God will be glorified in our ministry. Without faith we are just like the
heathen, who are surrounded by the glory of God and never see it. May God open our
spiritual eyes so we can see what He is doing all about us daily.
It is only as we put our trust in God that our
eyes are increasingly open to see where He is at work.
The Holy Spirit works through us so that we may point people to
By faith we will one day see Jesus in all the fullness of His glory
What is faith? Faith is our spiritual eyes that looks
away from ourselves and focus on the Lord Jesus. Do not rest, then, on
your faith, but on the Savior Himself.
It is not the character or degree of faith, but Christ. How much is a
grain of mustard seed? Not much. It is tiny, but that is what God requires of us.
Faith is simply believing what God has said regarding His Son in the
Holy Scriptures. The moment you do that you are saved.
Whosoever that believes shall not perish, but have everlasting
life. It is like saying to a starving beggar, Here, take and eat. Here is a
free gift. All you have to do is receive it. Faith says, Thank you.
Lord, increase our faith so that we may see and obey You.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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