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7 Reasons Why Your Faith Must Be Based On God’s Word For It To Work

How potent is your faith? Many Christians are struggling to have their faith produce the results they desire. Some Christians are even wondering whether “this faith thing” is real. It is real; however, their problem may be that their faith is not on the right foundation, which is the word of God. This article gives the reasons why your faith must be based on God’s word for your faith to work.

 

My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips – Psalms 89:34 (NKJV).

 

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God – Romans 10:17 (NKJV).

 

Christianity is called the “Faith”. Faith describes our Christian walk with God. We are saved by faith and we live by faith. Therefore, for you to make it as a Christian your faith must work; otherwise, you will be constantly defeated by the enemy when you’re only to reach out for victory (Already given to you by Jesus) by faith.

 

What is faith?

 

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). It is acting on God’s word. It is putting the word of God above situations and issues of life. It is believing the word of the Lord as being the absolute truth and holding on to it till it overcomes.

 

Therefore, it means that where there is no word of God, there will be no potent faith. God’s word is the foundation on which your faith can work. So, you must have faith in the word of the Lord.

 

Why Your faith must be based on God’s Word

 

1. Faith comes by hearing the word of God

 

Your faith is built up as you hear the word: while studying the word, listening to anointed messages or reading anointed books. It doesn’t come by being current with the happenings around you, rather what comes on you most of the time is fear (Faith in the devil). As you hear the Lord speak to you through the above channels, your faith grows to believe Him to do what He had said He would do.

 

2. God does nothing outside His word

 

The Lord has no plans of breaking His covenant or altering what has gone out of His mouth. He will not change His words for any reason or anybody whatsoever. Whatever you want Him to do for you must be in line with what He had said in His word. Therefore, for you to get the Lord’s attention, your faith must be based on His word.

 

3. God watches over His word to perform it

 

The Lord is not moved by our circumstances or tears per se, but He is always moved by faith in His word. He watches to see you exercise faith in His word for Him to perform it in your life. This is why two people may be crying out to Him for help, one will be answered and the other will not be answered. One is exercising faith on what God had said and the other is not.

 

4. God hears us only when we pray according to His word

 

The scriptures state that when the Lord hears you, your answer is sure. However, He will only hear you when you pray according to His will, which is His word. The language God understands is His word. Anything outside His word, He will not understand. If He doesn’t understand you, you have not communicated at all, and so you will not get an answer from Him.

 

5. Having faith in God’s word is having faith in God

 

The Lord cannot be separated from His word. He is His word. So you can’t claim to have faith in God when you don’t believe in His word. The word reveals the Lord to you. The more of God’s word you know and believe, the more you’ll have faith in Him.

 

6. The word of God will never fail

 

Whatever the Father says must come to pass, it must accomplish what He pleases and must prosper in the thing for which He sent it. His word is not permitted to return to Him void. Even, if it remains one more second, faith in His word must produce His desire.

 

7. God’s word endures forever

 

Every other thing may pass away, including heaven and earth, but the word of the Lord will not pass away. Whatever, God said will surely come to pass whether you like it or not, believe it or not. Most of the things He said in the Old Testament have come to pass already; whatever remains will also happen as He had said. This should boost your faith in His word because what He said concerning your issue, if you hold on to it till the end, it will surely come to pass.

 

Abraham (Romans 4:16-21)

 

Abraham had a word from the Lord that He would give him a son from Sarah. He held on to this word for 25 years before Isaac was born. People must have mocked him and tried to deflate his faith, but he refused to allow them to shake his faith in that word he heard from God. He was fully persuaded that God who had promised was able to do as He had said. He chose to give the Lord all the glory, praising Him, instead of entertaining doubt. Surely, God visited Sarah as He had said and at the time He had spoken.

 

In conclusion, a Christian can never do without the word of God. It is the base on which your faith can work. Therefore, choose to study the word as much as you can daily and act on them to have your desired answers. The word of the Lord is the food for your redeemed spirit and for the growth of your faith. Apply yourself to it and your testimonies will never end.

 

Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, speaker, counselor and author of “Peace Money Can’t Buy” and “The Man Jesus: What You Need to Know About Christ”. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God’s love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com

 

 

 

 

How to Make Faith Work

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. ~ Carl Bard

 

Is your faith as effective as you think it should be? Is it working for you? Are you seeing the results you want? If not, you may want to reconsider how you are using (or not using) your faith.

 

Here’s the first thing to understand: you do have faith. God created you that way. You are always believing something. If you say, “Well, I don’t believe that”, you just affirmed that you do, in fact, believe the opposite. You’ve just put your faith to work on the opposite side of the issue.

 

Actually, the title of this article is a bit of a misnomer. You see, you can’t ‘make’ faith work because it is always working. Faith is a supernatural power source. It works all the time, like gravity. Gravity keeps you from floating off the planet, but it can be a real ‘downer’ if you jump off a 20-story building! Gravity doesn’t change, but how you use it can.

 

Think of it like this: God created the ground to grow whatever you plant in it. If you want tomatoes, don’t plant beets.

 

… we also believe, therefore we speak (2 Cor. 4:13). Faith is planted by words. What you say is the harvest you will get. If you want prosperity, you shouldn’t ‘plant’ words of financial woe and lack. Faith always works. But depending on how you use it, faith will work positively or negatively.

 

The Bible says faith comes by hearing (Rom. 10:17). It doesn’t say ‘maybe’ faith will come. Faith comes. What you believe is based on what you hear. If you constantly say (and hear yourself say), “I’m broke. I can’t ever get ahead”, you are growing faith for that situation to continue. Your debt will get worse and your financial challenges bigger. Faith comes. You are planting for a harvest of lack and shortage.

 

But, if in the midst of your lack, you will begin to speak God’s promise that My God shall meet all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19), your faith in that promise grows. Every time you speak it, you hear it. Speaking what you want – based on Biblical promise – is putting your faith to work on the situation. Psalm 103 says angels hearken to the voice [speaking] His Word (v. 20). As you put faith to work by speaking what you want, you commission the powers of heaven to go to work on your behalf.

 

The Bible says even Almighty God ‘calls things that be not as though they were’ (Rom. 4:17). He started that process in Genesis. And it works… every time. Yet, even for Him, it was not always instant. He waited over 4,000 years from the first words He spoke of Jesus’ coming in Genesis until the birth of His beloved Son. Why did it take so long? Because He had to find people here on earth to agree with Him, and speak His Word out loud. Spoken words have power, either positive or negative. Which side are your words on?

 

Words create. God designed the system that way. The very first verse of the Bible says, “God created the heaven and the earth.” That first chapter of Genesis tells us how: “And God said… and it was so”. Can you imagine God thinking to himself, “I wonder what else I need to do to make this happen? I wonder if I should wave my hands, or jump up and down, or moan and complain.” NO. Words were enough to put the Holy Spirit, the angels and whatever else was needed into operation.

 

On the sixth day, God created mankind – you and me – as spirit beings in His own image and likeness (v. 26). If we’re like God, we also can create with our words. Let’s look at the concept again.

 

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believe, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:13, 18).

 

The primary way to ‘work’ the works of faith is with your words! You can change the ‘temporal’ things, the facts of your life by the words you speak. The truth of God’s Word trumps facts every time!

 

I heard a story of one woman, diagnosed with an incurable cancer, who made up her mind to speak only healing verses over herself. She declared aloud, “I shall live and not die” (Ps. 118:17) over a hundred times a day. She also took Jesus at His Word when He said ‘speak to the mountain’ (Matt. 17:20). She said, “Cancer, you can’t stay in my body. I am God’s and you have no place in me. You leave my body right now!” Can you imagine how much time and determination it took to stay with that plan for weeks and months on end? As I heard it, nine months later she was completely healed!

 

What would have happened if she had believed the doctor’s diagnosis more than the Word of God? What if she had told everyone that she’d been diagnosed with inoperable cancer? “The doctors say I’m going to die.” Her family and friends would have attended her funeral.

 

Another woman, also diagnosed with cancer, stood for three years on the promises she found in God’s Word. After she was sent home from the hospital to die, she looked up every scripture on healing and health, and wrote them down. She read that list out loud at least three times a day – like medicine. And at the end of her battle, he body was completely restored. No medicines or special treatments – the doctors had given up on her. But she put the power of faith to work by saying, by speaking The Word and nothing else.

 

Let’s look at Abraham. His wife was barren. They never had a baby even when they were both young. But God spoke to him (calling things that be not as though they were) saying, “I have made you the father of many nations” (Gen. 17:5). Abraham was 99 years old! Seriously?

 

Yet… Against hope [Abraham] believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, ‘So shall thy seed be’. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform. (Rom. 4:18-21).

 

Fourteen years earlier, God said the same thing. But Abraham didn’t believe. Instead, he tried to help God out by taking Sarah’s maid and Ishmael was born. God had to wait all those years for Abraham’s faith to develop enough to bring His prophecy to fruition. Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born.

 

Faith works when you are willing to rest in God’s promises, not demanding or requiring any other proof than the fact that He said it. Abraham ‘staggered not’. He set aside every doubt and question and hung onto the promise. You and I can do the same thing. It may not be easy, but it is do-able. The Bible is full of examples of God’s faithfulness to anyone who believed.

 

The woman with the issue of blood said, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole.”

Jairus told Jesus, “If You will come and lay hands on her, my daughter will live.”

When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He quoted The Word, the only weapon He needed.

The centurion said, “Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”

The leper said, “If You wilt, You can make me clean” and Jesus said, “I will”.

In Mark 11:24, Jesus taught, “What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” Did you get that? Faith believes the promise is real when you pray, not when you see it. “Shall have” is a result of working, active faith.

 

How much word ‘seed’ does it take to overcome your particular problem? I don’t know, but I do know that God’s promises are yea and amen (2 Cor. 1:20). God says “Yes! Absolutely!” if you ask in faith, never wavering (James 1:6). Jesus always said “Yes” to those who asked for healing or help.

 

Seed produces harvest. The more you sow, the greater your harvest will be. The Word is seed. Are you planting enough to fill a flower pot, a garden plot or a field? How much harvest do you want?

 

How will you know you’re faith is working? When you are able to cast the care of that situation or circumstance on God and not worry about it any longer. Are you are willing to believe that it is already taken care of, that God has it well in hand? As long as you maintain the ‘care’ (worry, stress, responsibility) of the problem, you’re not letting your faith (or God) work for you. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7).

 

If you feel like your faith isn’t strong enough, remember how to get more. Faith comes by hearing. Speak the Word to yourself over and over until it becomes real in your spirit. Those women didn’t experience healing the first time they said “I am healed”. But they didn’t give up at the hundredth or thousandth or ten-thousandth saying. They spoke the Word until they saw the results they wanted!

 

Being humble doesn’t mean telling God that you’re not worthy or good enough. It doesn’t mean begging Him to do what He’s already promised. It means submitting yourself to His Word, regardless of how you feel about the situation. If He said He will do it, you must also believe that He will do it for you.

 

The next time you are faced with a difficult situation, pour it on! Put your faith to work by speaking words of victory and deliverance. When the disciples came to Jesus asking, “What should we do?” He didn’t give them a list of requirements. Instead, He told them, “Believe only.” Faith will move mountains, heal bodies, supply prosperity and deliverance.

 

Faith believes. Faith speaks. Faith works when you put it to work. And it will give you a harvest of victory, plenty and peace.

 

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Ruth Seebeck has built a reputation over the last three decades as a life-skills coach, mentor, Christian counselor and friend. She is a business owner, author, community volunteer and event coordinator whose passion is helping others overcome life’s challenges. Seebeck Solutions: Helping you make the most of What Matters Most!

 

 

 

 

Faith Is Not for the Faint of Heart

Stay in the Word of God until you can see it so clearly on the inside that you don’t need to see it on the outside. ~ Gloria Copeland

God is faithful. Most of us have heard that statement, but have we ever really considered what faith requires? It is certainly not for the faint of heart.

The Old Testament testifies to the faithfulness of God, His steadfast love, goodness, mercy and grace. He stood by the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace and was faithful to Daniel in the lion’s den. His grace led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness, fed them with manna and doves, and poured water from rock. Ps. 119:90 says ‘Thy faithfulness is unto all generations; Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth’. Psalm 92 says God shows us His ‘lovingkindness in the morning and [His] faithfulness every night’. He even dressed Adam and Eve after the disaster in the Garden.

The examples of God’s faithfulness are far too many to mention, but the ultimate example was His faithfulness to Jesus. From the first prophecy spoken in Genesis (‘one is coming’) to Jesus’ resurrection from hell itself, God’s proved His faithfulness to His plan for all mankind.

Have you ever thought about the price God pays to remain faithful to us, His children? Think for just a moment how much He forgives us. Every day, every day, every day – no matter what dumb stuff we’ve done! Think about His infinite patience with our attempts to override or ignore His wisdom. Consider His constant vigilance to protect and guide us out of our messes and disasters.

The Bible uses the word ‘faith’ and its derivatives almost 350 times. While Old Covenant references talk about God’s faithfulness, the New Covenant shifts from His faith to ours. The entire New Testament shows us how Jesus walked by faith and how we are to learn to live by faith. If we look at the lives of the disciples, we soon realize that faith is not for the faint of heart!

Most of them were persecuted for their faith and spent time in prison. Yet the Church continued to prosper and grow. Today, we are millions strong, all because of twelve dedicated men and the additional 108 who met in that Upper Room so many centuries ago.

One of the strongest instructions regarding faith was given to Joshua after Moses’ death. Joshua was one of the twelve who were sent to spy out the Promised Land. After God told the Israelites that He had given them the land, only two – Joshua and Caleb – agreed with God’s Word. The other ten came back complaining that the task was too difficult and the tribes of Israel could never win. They doubted God’s Word, giving it no credit at all. They were faint of heart.

Forty years later, after Moses’ death, it fell to Joshua to complete the task God had given the Israelites four decades earlier. Everyone in the previous generation was dead. Their complaining and doubting had shortened their lives. Only Joshua and Caleb remained to lead the people. Here’s what God told him: Only be strong and very courageous, that you mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may prosper wherever you go. (Josh. 1:7) We can learn a lot from that instruction.

Faith believes. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all. (I Tim. 4:15) Whether the ‘profit’ you need is financial, physical, mental, social or spiritual, you must start with what you believe. If you don’t believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6), you will never have enough faith to defeat the devil’s attacks or the world’s problems. If you believe that He is able, but don’t believe He will do it for ‘you’, then your faith is unplugged from the Source. Like Jacob, your heart [spirit] will faint (become weak and ineffective) because you believe not (Gen. 45:26).

Faith is strong. And His name, through faith in His name, hath made this man strong… hath given him this perfect soundness (Acts 3:16). ‘Perfect soundness’, to me, is another way of describing the Hebrew word for ‘peace’ – Salem. It is translated ‘wholeness, completeness, with nothing missing and nothing broken’. That would include physical health, overflowing finances, peace mentally (no stress or torment) and socially.

Faith creates strength. Weak men do not win tournaments. If you want to overcome life’s adversities, you will have to exercise your faith (practice it, like an athlete or musician practices their craft) until it becomes strong. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Eph. 6:10), then you will be like the woman with the issue of blood whose story is told in Matthew, chapter 9.

She said to herself, “if I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole (sound, strong, healed). She put her faith on the line. She’d been bleeding for twelve years. No doctor could help her, and she had spent everything she had. She could easily have been faint of heart, but she chose not to let her illness or weakness stop her. She crawled through the crowd, speaking the result she wanted – calling things that be not as though they were! (Rom. 4:17). And in the very next verse, Jesus told her, “Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith has made thee whole” (v. 22).

Faith is courageous. Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them; for the Lord thy God, He it is who doth go with thee. He will not fail thee nor forsake thee (Deut. 31:6). God has called you to be a soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:4). Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand… and having done all, to stand (Eph. 6:11, 13)As His soldier, He’s armored and equipped you to win every battle.

War – whether physical or spiritual – requires courage. Courage enables you to take a stand and take the ground. Jesus said you can move mountains with a grain of faith! (Matt. 17:20). But you have to bold and courageous enough to stand until the battle is won. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart (Ps. 27:14).

Faith is diligent. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues [forces] of life. Prov. 4:23 God told Joshua to observe to do according to all the law. In the next verse, He said to ‘meditate on His Word day and night’. Why? So the promise would be stronger and more alive to Joshua than the obstacles he faced. When you’re up against a seemingly impossible situation, you need to meditate on God’s promises until they become bigger inside you than any problem you face in the world.

Faith wavers not. Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful who promised) (Heb. 10:23). James asked the question, “Does a fountain send forth from the same place sweet water and bitter?” (v. 3:11). In other words, are you speaking faith one minute and grumbling the next? Do you believe God can and will turn your situation around or are you busy telling everyone how bad things are and how it will never change?

Instead, become like Abraham who believed in the Lord; and He accounted it to him for righteousness (Gen. 15:6). Abraham believed God even to the sacrifice of his teenaged son – the very same boy God had promised him. Abraham waited almost three decades for Isaac’s birth. How difficult it must have been to trust God to restore the boy’s life after Abraham himself killed him on the altar. It didn’t get that far because God stilled Abraham’s hand. Yet four thousand years later, Jesus trusted God enough to surrender to Pilate and be crucified, believing God for His resurrection… the just shall live by faith (Rom. 1:17).

Faith is patient. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself… (Ps. 37:7). Patience isn’t learning to put up with bad things with a good attitude. Biblical patience means taking a stand of faith without wavering or doubting… for as long as it takes. It means casting all your care upon Him because He cares for you (I Peter 5:7) and not allowing stress, pressure, doubt or fear to move you away from your faith.

The disciples asked Jesus, “What shall we do, that we might work the work of God?” and He responded, “This is the work of God: that ye believe in Him whom He hath sent.” (John 6:28-29) Later, Jesus told the ruler of the synagogue, “Fear not, believe only”. Patience puts a wall between faith and the bombardment of arguments and attacks that come your way. Patience says, “I don’t care how long it takes, I believe God. Nothing is impossible with Him. I will see the salvation of the Lord in this situation!”

Faith forgives. And when ye stand praying, forgive if ye have aught against any… (Mark 11:25). Just like the fountain that can’t spew sweet water and bitter, faith cannot function if unforgiveness clogs the channel. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, He explains that ‘faith works by love’. In other words, if you’re operating outside of love, faith cannot work. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand (Mark 3:25). I know, it takes strength, courage and patience to forgive those who hurt you, but Jesus’ instruction is clear: “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.” Several chapters later, when Peter asked, “How often shall… I forgive him” Until seven times?” and Jesus responded, “Not… seven times, but until seventy times seven.” (Matt. 18:21-22).

Even on the cross, after torture and extreme pain, Jesus put forgiveness into action saying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” If He can do that, we must also be strong enough to forgive.

Faith is tough. If it weren’t, everyone would be a faith giant. Faith requires commitment, steadfastness and tenacity. It’s definitely not for the lazy or faint of heart. But if you will be strong and very courageous, spend time meditating the promises of God’s Word, keeping your ‘shield of faith’ in place and wielding the ‘sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God’ (Eph. 6:17), you can become a faith hero, just like Joshua and Abraham. And you will see the glory, goodness and blessing of the Lord, just like He promised.

For more information on developing life skills, better relationships, and becoming the best YOU possible, visit [http://seebecksolutions.com] and sign up to receive your FREE subscription to “Solutions For Success”, a weekly ezine of inspiration, motivation and humor from a Christian perspective.

Ruth Seebeck has built a reputation over the last three decades as a life-skills coach, mentor, Christian counselor and friend. She is a business owner, author, community volunteer and event coordinator whose passion is helping others overcome life’s challenges. Seebeck Solutions: Helping you make the most of What Matters Most!

 

Keys to Effective Faith

Faith reaches into the realm of the spirit, grasps the promise of God and brings forth a tangible, physical fulfillment of that promise. ~ Gloria Copeland

Let’s talk about faith – the God kind of faith. He defines it as effective faith – faith that moves mountains.

The Apostle Paul knew a lot about faith. He wrote most of the New Testament letters and talks about faith in those Epistles more than 200 times. I’m guessing he has a lot for us to learn about the keys to effective faith.

You might remember that Paul (Saul) persecuted Christians, sanctioning their scourging and execution or imprisonment, prior to his spiritual transformation on the road to Damascus. When he discovered the truth of Jesus Christ, he also discovered the power of effective faith – absolute trust in the integrity and surety of God’s power, grace and mercy. He is the one who declared that God meets ALL your need; that God’s promises are sure, and faith is your connection to the manifestation of every promise.

In Philemon, Paul prayed that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus (v. 6). Let’s take a deeper look into the wisdom of that scripture.

… the communication: Communication is a means of exchange or expression. Faith communicates. It is not stagnant or ineffective. It connects with, reveals, or causes a transfer of something.

We talk about communicating disease from one person to another. We are aware that our emotions communicate themselves to others. And we communicate verbally by sharing stories, ideas and concepts, warnings and information. You get the idea.

Faith communicates. On a physical level, you place your faith in people and circumstances. “I believe my mom is picking me up after school.” Or… “I trust my boss to pay me on Friday.”

On a spiritual level, faith communicates your trust in God and His Word. In Hebrews, Paul says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not [yet] seen (v. 11:1). Be assured, God wants to meet your needs, provide everything you require, and give you the desires of your heart (Ps. 34:7). Faith is the key that connects you to God’s heavenly supply.

… of your faith: Paul said in Romans that God gave every man the measure of faith (v. 12:3). That means if you’re here on this earth, faith is in you and available, ready to be put to work. Later, in Ephesians, he noted that we should all come into the unity of the faith and… the measure of the fullness of Christ (v. 4:13). If you’re going to ‘come’ to something, you must not be there yet. In other words, you’re going to have to grow and develop your faith until it is strong and unshakeable – just like Jesus’.

Jesus never met a disease or situation that He couldn’t heal or change. He fed thousands, healed lepers, calmed storms and raised the dead. After He defeated Satan, He affirmed His resurrection to His disciples and sent the Holy Spirit to live in every born-again believer.

Why? So that we would have access to the same kind of faith-power that He did. He explained it this way: Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believes in Me, the works that I do he [you] shall do also; and greater works than these shall he [you] do, because I go unto My Father (John 14:12). He expects us – you and me – to develop our faith to the point where we expect miracles to happen as a result of our prayers.

… may become effectual: Effectual – effective, producing the desired result. If you’re not seeing the results you want, something’s not working right. Face the fact that God is not the problem. He’s already provided everything, every promise and every instruction that you need. Somewhere along the line, your faith is being hindered. It’s not making a clear, strong connection.

If you’ve ever tried to make a cell phone call in the mountains or some rural area, you know the chances are pretty good that the trees and hills are going to block your reception. You need to find out what’s blocking your faith-connection – and fix it.

Often, faith is weakened by a lack of faith-food. You may not be spending enough time studying and meditating in The Word of God. It’s easy to let the cares and responsibilities of daily life crowd out time with God. Jesus taught as much in the parable of the sower. He said they choke the Word, and [faith] becomes unfruitful (Matt. 13:22). Faith needs nurtured and fed, watered by The Word, to become strong and effective.

Sadly, most people won’t do that. They’d rather hope that God will just ‘fix it’ – wave a magic wand, so to speak, and make it all better. Miracles do happen, but they are usually triggered by someone’s faith. Everything God does on this earth is a result of faith and grace. Paul explained in Romans that it [whatever ‘it’ you are believing or hoping for] is of faith, that it might be given by grace [why?] so that the promise might be sure to all the seed (v. 4:16). The promise is ‘sure’, confirmed, absolute from God’s side. Are you willing to do what it takes to develop your faith to make a strong connection?

… by the acknowledging of every good thing: One way to develop your faith is to recognize and acknowledge the good that is already present in your life. You need to know and admit that whatever good comes your way, it’s from God. He’s the Master behind it all! His good plan incorporates every good and perfect gift (James 1:17) – from the smallest to the greatest.

The question is: how grateful are you? Do you take time throughout the day to say ‘thank you’ to your Heavenly Father, to acknowledge His hand in your life? Are you grateful for running water… or the fact that you can get out of bed in the morning. If you don’t have those particular blessings, what else can you be grateful for?

It’s easy to get your thoughts tangled up in the negatives. Your whole body might feel just fine, but if you have a hangnail, the only thing you notice is the pain in your fingertip. For your faith to be effective, however, you need to focus on the positives and be ‘eternally’ grateful. In every thing give thanks… (I Thess. 5:18). No matter what you’re going through, find the ‘good thing’ you can be thankful for. Keeping your mind on things which are above (Col. 3:2)is key to developing effective faith.

… which is in you in Christ Jesus: Here’s the bottom line. Whatever you need or desire, as long as it’s in line with God’s Word (I assume you’re not praying for an infinite supply of drugs, or for God to hurt someone), the promise is accessible in you! The Bible says that Christ is in you. You carry the seed of faith, love, peace, abundance and every good thing. Now, you need to grow that seed!

Just before He died on the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.” (John 10:30)What was? Everything He came to earth to do: to bring healing, deliverance, abundance, grace and mercy to every person. All He did during His earthly ministry would now carry forward into eternity. Old Testament verses that say ‘shall’ or ‘will’ became past tense with the death and resurrection of Christ! It is already done, as far as God is concerned.

You can have it all – every promise. Actually, you already have it- it is already in you! Jesus made the connection from heaven to earth. Now you need to use your faith to finish the connection.

Think of it this way. Electricity (power) is readily available at any outlet. But if you don’t plug in the toaster or laptop, you won’t have any power for your situation. No toast. No email.

Your faith ‘communicates’ with God, plugging in to the power of heaven. Study and meditate, then communicate your faith through prayer, praise, thanksgiving and affirmation. Stay with it until your faith overpowers every faith blocker, every doubt and fear. Then you will experience the results of effective faith and the fulfillment of every prayer.

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Talk About Faith

What is Faith?

 

Faith is one of those words that is difficult to tie down to one simple definition. The concept of faith is a broad one. Generally, ‘faith’ means much the same as ‘trust’. Faith has been defined in many ways (free online dictionary) as;

 

• Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing,

 

• An allegiance to duty or a person,

 

• Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence,

 

• Secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God’s will.

 

• A set of principles or beliefs.

 

Of course, there is no ‘established’ terminology for different meanings or definitions of faith.

 

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy gives a brief initial characterisation of the principal models of faith and their nomenclature which may nevertheless be helpful. These are:

 

the ‘purely affective’ model: faith as a feeling of existential confidence.

 

the ‘special knowledge’ model: faith as knowledge of specific truths, revealed by God.

 

the ‘belief’ model: faith as belief that God exists.

 

the ‘trust’ model: faith as belief in (trust in) God.

 

the ‘doxastic venture’ model: faith as practical commitment beyond the evidence to one’s belief that God exists.

 

the ‘sub-doxastic venture’ model: faith as practical commitment without belief.

 

the ‘hope’ model: faith as hoping or acting in the hope that the God who saves exists.

 

FAITH AND CHRISTIANITY

 

Many Bible students will give Hebrews 11:1 as the meaning of faith and leave it at that. It states that, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” – NLT. However, even though this is the form definitions are given in, this verse is more of an expression of the power and importance of faith than it is a definition of faith. In fact, one already needs to know what faith is before this verse will make much sense to them. This makes this verse a frustrating answer to someone who is trying to get a footing on the foundational meaning of faith.

 

Biblical Definition of Faith

 

If you want a short definition of faith, it could be this: taking God at His word. It is true that our faith is in God. But we do not properly know the God we should believe in or know how to believe in Him unless He tells us in His word. This is why Paul says in Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Biblical faith is not an “unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence” (Webster’s New World Dictionary). It is full confidence in God’s word. FAITH accepts God’s word (His promises and His warnings) as FACT and acts accordingly. Since there are many evidences that the word of God is true, this is not a blind leap of faith. It is rather an intelligent, holy reaction to the wondrous words of God.

 

Faith as a Concept to the Gospel

 

Faith is also a central concept taught by Jesus Christ. It is the culminating element in reference to the Gospel which the Biblical Writers termed as the “good news”, which is proclaimed by Christians to the entire world. This is found in the most famous of all Bible passages, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

 

(Mark 1:15). In the understanding of Jesus, faith is an act of trust and of self-abandonment by which a person no longer rely on his/her own strength and policies but commit himself/herself to the power and guiding word of him in whom he/she believes (Matthew 21:25,32; Luke 1:20, 45). Most of the definitions in the history of Christian knowledge and teachings still followed biblical principles as contained in Apostle Paul`s letter to Hebrews quoted above. As in other monotheistic faiths or religions, it includes a belief in God, a belief in the reality of a transcendent domain that God administers as His Kingdom from His Throne and in the benevolence of God’s will or plan for mankind and the World to Come.

 

Moreover, Faith in Christianity in the same vein differs from those Abrahamic religions in that it focuses on the ministry of Jesus, and on his place as the prophesied Christ. It also includes a belief in the New Covenant. According to most Christian traditions, Christian faith requires a belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ (God the Son) from the dead by God the Father through God the Holy Spirit.

 

The precise understanding of the term “faith” differs among the various Christian traditions. Despite these differences, Christians generally agree that faith in Jesus lies at the core of the Christian tradition, and that such faith is required in order to be a Christian. The Christian tradition is sometimes called “the faith”, since faith in Jesus is so central to the tradition. Faith and the word “belief” are often used synonymously, which has led to Christians being called ‘believers’ i.e. those who believes in the Lord Jesus and have endeared themselves to His ways and teachings.

 

We then conclude that it is true that faith is much more than a mental acceptance of something as true; it also involves a trust in or reliance on that something.