Romans 10:17 (NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
This post provides tips on how to activate your faith and test it. Many of us today need to know that God is on our side and will fight our battles. Are you struggling with challenges that you know God can handle but wonder if your faith is strong enough to rely on Him? Many of us today need to know that God is on our side and will fight our battles. The believer knows that the battle is already won. Does your behavior reflect that you are a winner, or are you a worrier, filled with doubt? Hmmm!
Is there a difference between faith, trust, belief? My personal answer is YES. I will share my reasoning with you. First, I believe these terms are interconnected when related to spiritual issues. Faith requires trust. Trust requires belief. Belief requires action to yield and support trust and faith. This may sound confusing.
Let’s begin with a few definitions.
“Definition of Believe in the New Testament–This is the verb form of faith. In that sense, it is more than just believing, but also it is trust. The ability to believe comes from God. In fact, real faith is the faith of God”
…the Bible defines faith as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
As you can see there is a connection and relationship between these words.
James 2:14-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith Without Works Is Dead
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b]works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c]
The above scripture clarifies why we need to activate our faith. God wants us to be more than believers. HE wants us to be followers of Jesus duplicating HIS actions in the world. We are expected to reach out to those who are in need; to give and share love with others [even those who appear unlovable]; to live His Word as well as read it and believe it.
So back to the beginning ‘how to activate your faith’.
1. Believe Jesus Christ is Lord. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Invite Him to Live in you and take control of your life.
2. Study God’s Word. Know what God has promised you. Believe He will keep His promises.
3. Test your faith. It is by this test that we allow God to show us that HE will keep HIS promises. If we don’t test we have no personal verification that God keeps His Word. When we believe in the Lord, know His promises, Test His word, then we activate our faith. Until we do we are only on-lookers not true participants.
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Healthy Life Church Ministry Team