Faith in God: These days, More talk than Action
Author : Tom Graneau
Faith is an integral pillar of the Christian experience. Without it, the Bible says, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). It is through faith that we see God and believe in his compensating attributes and power; and it is according to our faith (the degree of trust that we place in him) that he responds to our needs (Matthew 9:29).
Too often, however, we miss God’s expectation and blessings because our faith amounts to nothing more than talk. It’s an attractive seminar topic, and a great conversation in social circles. Faith is an inspiring subject when things are peaceful and comfortable. When conditions change and appear threatening, particularly in the area of personal finance, the topic has less appeal. For instance, how many times have we denied God the opportunity to create a miracle in our lives by resorting to Visa, MasterCard, or American Express for a solution during a financial crisis? The same thing can be said about marital problems, housing issues, and other situations in our lives.
When was the last time you demonstrated real faith in God and depended on his miracle-working power to bring the results you expected? When was the last time you truly believed in him as your only source of hope and deliverance without any other outside intervention? Have you prayed to him for a miracle but retained the option to rely on something else just in case he didn’t reply to your request in time?
If you hesitate to answer any of these question with absolute confidence, realizing God knows your heart, you’re not alone. The enemy (Satan) has distracted all of us in one way or another to seek answers for our solutions elsewhere, except from God. So real faith in God has become less than a preoccupied subject.
But what is faith, anyhow? The Bible describes it this way: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). What does this mean? It means having a strong conviction about something that does NOT depend on logical proof; or seeing the result of an expected condition before it materializes into reality. It is this type of mental visualization the brings God into focus and causes him to react favorably toward us.
If you’re wondering whether or not you have this kind of faith, you can rest assured that you do. At the very least, you have the capacity to have an immeasurable amount of it. For instance, if you’ve put your trust in anything, you have faith; if you believe that God exist, you have faith. The very fact that you take steps to pray is evidence of your faith.
Still, your faith can be increased through consistent fellowship with God. Here is how: When you make a deliberate attempt to please him, he gets closer to you. “Draw near to God,” says the Bible, “and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8). In the closeness, God will become very personal by performing small miracles in your life that will leave no doubt about a divine intervention. These small, miraculous events will serve as building blocks that will expand your faith in him, giving you the assurance of presence and power. More importantly, they will build you faith even stronger, knowing that he will come to your rescue again and again in a similar fashion.
Feel free to talk about faith, but do exercise it daily. God will produce positive results in your life as you work out this spiritual muscle in fellowship with him.
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