“…Have faith in God.”
-Mark 11:22 (AMP)
Faith is belief. Without belief we have no reason for living. Think about it: if we didn’t believe in anything, we would just be wondering around aimlessly in life. Everyone believes in something and that’s what gives us purpose.
Faith is simple. But simplicity shouldn’t take away its value! Faith is an absolute reliance on a thing and it ultimately produces a way of life. Some put their faith in things, others in people. Still others put their faith in both things and people.
Belief produces our actions. Therefore, we can have some good ideas as to what someone believes by looking at their lives. For example (a simple one), someone that believes that fire is dangerous will stay clear of the fire. Someone who doesn’t believe in an afterlife will probably do whatever he or she wants, not thinking too much about the future or eternal consequences of their actions. Another person believes that in order to have a good afterlife, he will need to be good and do good in this life.
See… Faith produces a way of living! That’s why it’s important to have faith in something that will last—consistency and longevity. And the only One that will last like that, the only one that is consistent and has limitless longevity, is God Himself!
Mark 11:22 “…Have faith in God.”
Having faith in God is easy! Even though we don’t see God with our natural eyes, it can be easy to have faith in Him. Just like when we sit in a chair: we don’t get all hyped up, and try to convince ourselves that the chair will hold us up . We just sit in it! We have faith that it is going to hold us up. Faith in God is just like that! Jesus constantly told us that we wouldn’t enter the Kingdom of God unless we receive it like a child (Luke 18:17). Think of how easy it is for a child to believe!
Hebrews 11:6 (MSG) “It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that He exists and that He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him.”
Along with believing that He exists, faith is believing that we can have what God says we can have. Let’s look at Abraham’s life as an example. Abraham was around 100 years old, and God told him that he was going to have a son. Now, if we were to look at this in the natural, we would say, “Yeah right, that’s impossible!” You know what Abraham did?
Romans 4:19-21 says, “He did not weaken in faith when he considered the utter impotence of his own body…he grew strong and was empowered by faith…fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.” Abraham believed God! He didn’t look at his body, but He believed that God would do what He said He was going to do. That’s faith!
We can have faith in God just like Abraham. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the assurance of things we hope for…being the proof of things we do not see…” Faith is believing we have something, whether we can see it or not, because we know that God said it.[hr style=”2″ margin=”30px 0px 30px 0px”]
Then the question is: “What did God say?”
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 NKJV)
There you have it! So if you’re lacking faith in God it’s okay, because faith can come! To know what God can do, and wants to do for you, look in the Word. Here’s your challenge for today: As you go about your day take a piece of notebook paper with you. If there is a thought you have or an action that you do that causes you to ask, “Would Jesus do that? Would Jesus say something like that?”, then write it down. At the end of your day, look at that piece of paper and look in the Word to find your answer. That way, your faith in God can be built up, and ultimately will produce right living.
Believe God like you never have before! Remember, faith is simple and easy! You can grow closer to God just by simply having faith in Him.[hr style=”2″ margin=”30px 0px 30px 0px”]
“Father God, I have faith in You! I believe what Your Word says. I believe I can have what You say. Thank You for the promises that Your Word holds. No matter what circumstances I face today, I have faith in You! I love You, Father! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”