Saturday, October 17, 2015
Life-changing Faith ~ by Amy Vest
What would your life look like if you truly believed God?
Think about that for a moment.
What would your life look like if you not just said that you believed God, but truly believed in the depths of your heart that He is all that He says He is, that His Word is Truth, and that He will fulfill all of His promises - and then acted on the reality? How different would your life look?
Right now I am sitting in my computer chair as I type. While I can say that I believe that my chair will hold me up, I only prove my faith in it when I sit in it. It is the same way with faith in God - we prove our faith when we step out and live in the reality of what we say we believe.
Faith takes God at His Word about Who He is and what He has promised.
Faith says - "God, I believe:
You are Who You say You are.
Your Word is Truth.
You will do what You say You will do."
If we really lived believing this, wouldn't it change our lives - and the world around us?
Faith begins at salvation where we embrace faith in Jesus, His death on the cross for our sins, resurrection, and redemption of our souls - relying on Him alone to save us, to cleanse our sin, fill us with His life, and make us His own. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
Then we live from that faith in daily life by relying on Jesus, His Word, His life in us, and grace to live life called to in Him until we see Him face to face. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
This journey of faith in Jesus is a beautiful thing. The key in our faith is the object of our faith - Jesus. You are only as secure as the one you put your faith in. When your faith is in Jesus, you are as unshakeable as He is. "And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God."' (Mark 11:22)
Stop and ask yourself, "Who - or what - is my faith in?"
God alone will never fail us. Faith in God is a rock solid security to our soul. All that He is - and all that He has promised - is a reality for you lean on in faith.
Faith in God overcomes feelings, circumstances, lies of the enemy, or doubts of others. Faith does not say, "Look at my impossible circumstances." Faith declares to your circumstances, "Look at Who my God is!"
"My God is the One Who created the universe, is in control of all things, has all power, is forever faithful, knows what is best, redeems souls, loves me perfectly, will never leave or forsake me..."
This week I was reading a verse that stirs me in the core of my being, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?" (Jeremiah 32:27) What is the answer? NO! Nothing is too hard for You, Lord! "For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
Friend, this is the kind of faith we are called to live in every moment of our day!
Faith leads us to action. It moves us from saying "I believe ________." to acting on that belief. Faith says, "I believe Your promise to be all that I need, so I will not covet other things." and "I believe that Your Word is Truth, so I will not turn other places for my answers."
We have been called by God to living, active faith. True faith in God inspires gutsy prayer, insane action, and deep joy.
This is the faith that inspired the people we read about in the Hebrews 11 "Hall of Faith". I strongly encourage you to go read it. In this chapter is a beautiful reality that floods me with hope. All of the people in this "Hall of Faith" were humans just like you and me - the thing that set them apart and enabled them to live the lives they did was a deep faith in God and His Word. They were weak, imperfect people just like us who relied upon God and His Word instead of themselves, culture, possessions, or circumstances. It is just as possible for you and me to live these lives of faith - because the God Who their faith was in is just as real today!
Every time I step out in faith - in small and enormous things - God proves Himself completely faithful. He and His Word can be trusted, friend. Even today I am leaning in faith on Jesus for some pretty big things - and am finding such peace in His faithfulness. The more we have faith in God, the more we experience His faithfulness. " ...for we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7)
God is waiting to meet you and work in and through your life in a way that only is possible through living a life of true faith in Him.
Gives us faith
Tests our faith to prove it is real
Deepens our faith through life's joys and trials
Is honored by our faith
Uses our faith to point others to Him
Faith comes from God and points to God.
We will never believe perfectly this side of Heaven, but the greater our faith, the more we will experience God's presence, power, and provision in our lives. Let's pray like those in Scripture did, '“Increase our faith!”' (Luke 17:5) '“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) These are prayers the Lord delights to answer.
This life on earth is our only time we need faith. When we see Jesus face to face, we will no longer need faith - our faith will become sight and I know we
will wonder why we ever doubted Him.
I want to believe my God. I want to live in faith in all that He is and has said. I want that faith to propel me to do things that are only possible when He is Who He says He is and does what He promises. I want to live a life of audacious faith that declares my God is all that He promises He is! Don't you?
Here is a very practical part of this:
Will you rely fully on God and what He says today? When you live by faith in Jesus and His Word - both believing and acting upon that belief - you find a solid rock beneath your feet that will transform your heart and life, lead you to radical living for His glory, and keep you through all of eternity.
Jesus has called us to lives of faith in Him that declare He is all that He says He is.
Let's ask Jesus for deeper faith today, place our faith in Him, and step out to live lives that believe His every Word!
"...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith." (Hebrews 12:1-2)