Faith is having a strong conviction about something and for us Christians, it is simply having confidence in the Word of God. Whether we like it or not, for as long as we are in this world, we are in a battlefield and only faith can put us in the line of victory. 1John 5:4 expounds-'For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.'
By this same faith, the elders of old obtained a good report. Hebrews 11:1-2 declares, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for." Faith is therefore the belief in what God has said. If the Word says that by His stripes we are healed, then we have to take that for ourselves and claim our healing no matter how else we may feel because faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
Faith honors God and so He too honors it. Hebrews 11:6 says, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."
Where there is faith, there is no shame because there is God. And to deal with God, we must have faith. Faith empowers us to work in the realm of godliness. Just like Abraham in Genesis 12:4 who left for an unknown place and which he had limited information about, God can also navigate us to places we know nothing about for His glory. And since faith is for living, we must each learn to work ours.
At one time, the disciples asked the Lord Jesus Christ to increase their faith and this too must be our prayer when and if we are struggling with unbelief about certain situations coming true for us. We must hence have faith in God and in ourselves to be able to live in the realm of this very faith.
In Mark 11 Jesus cursed a fig tree which was excitedly noted by the disciples that it had withered by the very next day. Jesus simply answered them that they needed to have faith in God and to have God's kind of faith because even when we are faithless, He is faithful. 2 Timothy 2:13 talks of this, 'if we are faithless, He will remain faithful for He cannot disown Himself.'
In Luke 22:31 Christ informs Peter of satan's intention to sift him like wheat but that Jesus Himself had prayed for His faith. In this encounter we see that to Jesus, satan was not a problem, all he had to do was to pray for an increased faith in Peter. This should be our stand as well; that when the enemy brings those bad reports to us, or tries to play around with our minds, what we need to increase is our faith and hence raise the standard from where we are operating. One person said that what we need to do is to 'feed our faith and starve our doubts.'
This faith we are told comes through our hearing; Romans 10:17 illustrates, 'Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.'
Daniel together with his friends Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego showed great faith in God when separately faced with the possibility of death. They regarded their God as having power and control over all the affairs of men and as such were not cowed by threats of death. This was active faith and is what we should all have in place as we each have a measure of some faith in us. In Mathew 9:29 Christ said to the blind men, "According to your faith will it be done to you." God prospers, blesses and heals us according to our faith and not according to His ability. We should therefore take time to build our faith so that we can be partakers of greater and better blessings from God. However, faith too is something to be desired from God, a gift from Him as explained in Ephesians 2:8-'For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God'
We must therefore learn that firstly, it is by faith that we experience transformation because we see God from a different perspective when we are working in faith.
Secondly, faith gives us room to work wonders in our life while doubt blocks God from performing what we ask of Him; for the Bible says that without faith, it is difficult to please God. Like He told Jairus, "just believe" because it is this belief that God will bring His blessings.
Thirdly, faith gives us access to God; in John 11:40 Jesus says to a disbelieving Martha, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" This shows us that with faith, if you see what you want in your mind, then you can have it.
Fourthly, we can only triumph by faith for by it we can be in the frontline of winners.
Lastly, it is through faith that we are able to overcome the schemes and lies of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 expounds, 'In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.' This is what faith does for us, it puts off the doubts cast by the enemy and gives us the strength to wait on the Lord for things we may not have seen but which we are sure will come to pass. As a result we live by faith.
This is the same faith by which Christ expected the disciples to go out and preach the Gospel-neither carrying food nor any luggage. And by their own admission, they never lacked for anything. Faith must be lived by all Christians for we live by faith and not by sight!
May these words (sermons), from various men and women of God be a blessing to all.