Summary

Faith is about realizing what we lack (Isaiah 49:4) and relying on God instead of ourselves (Isaiah 26:3) as a child would (Matthew 7:8,11).

Endorsements

All Christians believe that we shouldn’t live life without divine help. 

Concepts

Our Needs

Faith starts by not trusting in oneself.

Faith can be difficult for those who like to overly control their environment. One of the best examples of “let go and let God” or “Jesus taking the wheel” is when the Israelites were afraid of the impending war with the powerful Egyptians (Exodus 14:10). Fear causes us to settle for less in this life, enslaving us to evil (Exodus 14:12). Many times, God actually wants us to do nothing (Exodus 14:14). If you stop trying to control everything, your eyes will be opened to the reality that God already has your situation under control (Isaiah 46:10; I Corinthians 15:27). Faith is about not relying on our own mind (Proverbs 3:5-6) or what we see (II Corinthians 5:7) but on God as our guide (Psalms 48:14).

Not trusting in oneself is realizing what we lack.

Most of us have struggles in life: finances (Luke 16:13), relationships (Colossians 3:19), self-esteem (Galatians 1:10), etc. Most of us also try to improve our lives using our own power (Isaiah 49:4): work harder, date more, and look better. This is actually one of the devil’s greatest lies that forces you to be his slave (Hebrews 2:14,15). Without God, do you have everything you want? If so you may think you don’t need God (Mark 10:25); but if you desire more, then realize Jesus wants to give you an abundant life (John 10:10).

Believe God will give you what you need.

God isn’t looking for people who think they have it all: He desires the sick (Mark 2:17). He desires to give “perfect peace” (Isaiah 26:3) and strength to those who trust in the Lord (Isaiah 40:29-30,31). You don’t need to be anxious anymore, because God cares about you (I Peter 5:7). He will make sure all of your needs are met (Philippians 4:19) if you seek Him (Matthew 6:25,33).

Desiring God

Desire God’s love.

The word “faith” might seem confusing or intimidating, but it’s just the trust a child has with his father (I John 3:1). A child doesn’t question if his father loves him and will give him nice things (Matthew 7:8,11). Instead of doubting, a child hopes (Hebrews 11:1). This is why we say He is “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9) because only full child-like faith is worthy (Luke 18:17). A child’s mind is usually fixated and assured of his parent’s love, a feeling of warmth and belonging. This same feeling of love is found by comprehending the mystery of faith (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Desire God’s guidance.

Oftentimes, we don’t know what we should do. We know God wants to plan our steps and what we should say (Proverbs 16:1,9), but we can’t hear anything. When you’re left with a confusing choice, and no amount of reason or human guidance helps, stop thinking about what you can understand (II Corinthians 5:7; Proverbs 3:5). Believe that God will give you the steps needed for your plan (Proverbs 16:9). Believe God will take 2 possible options and tell you which one is better (Proverbs 3:6; Psalms 32:8). God will never stop guiding you (Psalms 48:14).

Psalms 48:14

Desire God more than anything.

It’s easy for many to say they’re working for God but are just using God to have a fulfilling life, known as a works-based Gospel (Romans 4:4). The best example of this is shown through the prideful Pharisees, who subconsciously loved the world over God (Matthew 23:5-6). God’s plan is that many in faith won’t fully receive the promise they are hoping in (Hebrews 11:13). This is to make it clear that they want to be with God more (Hebrews 11:14,16). Make sure that your hope for God’s resources never outweighs your hope in God (Psalms 42:11).

Growing in Faith

Choose suffering.

Faith can be hard when so many things cause us to suffer (Romans 8:22), but suffering is the only way we can prove that we really do hope in Him (Romans 8:24). “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1), an assurance that builds patience and character (James 1:2-3; Romans 8:25). Faith starts out little (Matthew 17:20) and grows through life’s trials that God orchestrates (Hebrews 11:8-9,17). These tests are not only so you can be ready to be adopted into God’s family (Hebrews 12:8) but so that you can be ready to glorify God (I Peter 1:6-7).

Believe all that was lost will be found.

Even if we obey God perfectly, we will experience loss in this life (Philippians 3:7-8). Even Jesus lost one of his closest friends (Luke 22:48; John 17:12). Fortunately, Jesus will save all who are lost (Luke 19:10). No matter who you lost, even those in hell, they will eventually be restored to you in heaven (I Cor. 3:14-15) because Jesus wills [boulomenos] no one to perish (II Peter 3:9), and no one can escape His will [boulemati] (Romans 9:19). No matter what you lost, as from theft, liars, or disrespecters, it will be restored to you (I Peter 5:10). God always finds what is lost (Luke 15:6,9,24).

Serve God, not money.

Although God will give us responsibilities, such as taking care of family or paying bills, believe that you don’t have to meet these problems on your own (Matthew 6:25). Jesus literally says to not work for physical food (John 6:27); or, in broader terms, do not center your life around money (Matthew 6:24). Many of us think we don’t have a choice, but Jesus said that as long as you seek Him, He will freely give you anything you need (Matthew 6:33), usually from sinners (Proverbs 13:22). Are you growing in righteousness daily and growing God’s kingdom (Matthew 6:33), or just serving money by storing it in a bank (Ecclesiastes 2:26)?

Live as a child, not a slave.

Only those who realize they are children can enter heaven (Matthew 18:4), but many of us live as slaves to money and our problems. Children are the heir to everything their parents own but are like slaves (Galatians 4:1) in the sense they must obey the father’s guidance (Galatians 4:2) and discipline (Hebrews 12:8). If we obey the Father (John 14:21), we’ll be adopted as sons (Galatians 4:5) and no longer be enslaved (Galatians 4:7) to the elementary principles of the world (Galatians 4:9), such as survival (Matthew 6:31-32). If we are sons of God, we are free from all the world’s obligations (Matthew 17:25-26). Slaves work to live (Exodus 1:13-14), yet children trust in eternal life (Matthew 18:1-3).

Prove your faith through your works.

“Actions speak louder than words” applies to faith, too. Although salvation is based in grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), the purpose of faith is to work for God (Ephesians 2:10). Only “the doers of the law will be justified” (Romans 2:13) because how can a person say He has faith in the Almighty yet not even trust God enough to give to the poor (James 2:15-16)? The only way to be spiritually alive is to do good works (James 2:26).

Hope

Faith creates hope.

Faith and hope are in the top 3 most important things a human can have (I Corinthians 13:13). While faith is choosing to believe (Hebrews 11:6), hope is the result of having healthy faith (Galatians 5:5). For example, because we can’t see the future, we don’t know if our spouse will come home from work. But due to the reality of them coming back each day, you can predict or trust that they will come home again. This evidence is your conviction. This trusting in what you can’t see with conviction is faith (Hebrews 11:1). It leads to hope: a positive, confident feeling of knowing you will see your spouse again.

Test your faith by your hope.

Instead of being arrogant about our faith, we should always test our faith to ensure we are following God correctly (II Corinthians 13:5). The easiest way to test your faith is to check how often you worry in anxiety, which is the opposite of faith (Matthew 6:25). By definition, a person cannot perpetually grieve if they had hope (I Thessalonians 4:13).

FAQ

Who is a great example of faith?

Abraham, the Father of Faith (Romans 4:12,16), is an example of how we are saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Abram (his old name) trusted God to leave the comforts of his own town and family to an unknown place (Genesis 12:1; Hebrews 11:8-9). He had faith that he’d be the father of many nations, even though he and his wife were old (Romans 4:19). Although Abram lacked faith at times (Genesis 16:2), no circumstance made him waver in ultimately trusting in God with “full conviction” (Romans 4:20). As the ultimate example of faith to us (Romans 4:22-24), although Abraham deeply wanted a son to continue his legacy (Genesis 15:1-2), and he had to wait 25 years to get him (Genesis 12:4; Genesis 21:5), God required that he sacrifice him (Genesis 22:1-2) to test his loyalty. Abraham had the faith to kill his own son, believing God could resurrect him (Hebrews 11:17-19) and succeeded as the first believer (Genesis 22:10,12; Genesis 17:4-5).