What is your faith life looking like today? Do you have faith to see the impossible become possible? There is something about the Faith in you that causes God to do the extra-ordinary.
For the last few weeks I’ve been meditating on this subject and how to practically apply Faith by hearing the word of God.
James 2:20 says “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”
The writer of the book of Hebrews, which is the book before James, writes extensively about faith from the life of the patriarchs. But James throws new light on the word faith by saying that it is dead without works.
If you read the entire chapter of James 2, you will notice that there is a lot of emphasis on showing works for the faith that we have.
How can we work out our faith?
Works can be acts of charity, showing kindness, practically helping a person struggling with finances, or practically taking the necessary steps to see God’s word being fulfilled.
The best example of working out the faith is our father Abraham. When God asked him to sacrifice his only son on the mountain of Moriah, he journeyed 3 long days to get to the top of the mountain. He worked out his Faith in obedience. If he had made the promise and sat at home, then his faith would not be spoken of today.
He took his son and put him on the altar. By doing this his faith was made complete and when God saw this He was pleased. He immediately dispatched an angel from Heaven and told Abraham not to kill his only son. He supernaturally provided a ram for the sacrifice.
Working out your faith is as important as having faith to see the impossible happen.
Jesus told the man at the pool of Bethesda “Arise take up your bed and walk.” Considering the fact that the man was on the same bed for 37 years, one might have expected for Jesus to go lift him up with His own hands, but He didn’t. When Jesus spoke those words, He released supernatural faith into that man. But the man had to work his faith out by getting up from the bed and lifting it up. Faith was made whole in him when he worked on the words of faith that Jesus released.
A few years ago we were praying for a man outside the church. This man could barely walk because of some sickness, and walked with the help of a stick. The stick was part of his life and he depended on that stick for his walking. While praying for him we felt he needed to get rid of the stick. But he was very fearful of letting the stick go. We released a prayer of faith but he was not willing to throw away the stick. Sometimes the hindrance to your miracle is the very things you are dependent on.
In faith it is important to show complete dependency on God.
When Peter saw Jesus walk on water he immediately asked Him if he also could walk on the water. Jesus replied to him saying “Come.” Peter believed in that word “Come” and walked on water. He activated his faith by walking in the word which Jesus released.
Peter may have walked two or three steps, but when he saw the huge wave he lost focus on Jesus. But the point is that he walked a few steps. It is better to take 2-3 steps of faith and walk on water than just sit in the boat and do nothing. The other disciples were waiting for Jesus to come into the boat, but Peter wanted to go towards Jesus and bring Him into the boat.
Our faith in the Word of God will move us to do the impossible and release God into our situation or circumstance. God can be pleased with the level of faith we show. Jesus said if you have faith as little as a mustard seed one can move mountains. Mustard seed faith is only the minimum. The Lord wants to release the kind of faith that will not only make mountains move but move peoples, nations, governments, and churches.
God is releasing it and he is calling to move by faith and possess everything that belongs to Him. The devil releases fear to fight the faith in you, but faith triumphs over fear through perfect love in Christ Jesus. Perfect love will cast out fear.
Put your faith into action today and see the results.
What is the understanding you have on faith? Do you think there is enough faith in the church today to see greater things accomplished? We would love to hear from you.