Faith

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). One of the best ways to grow faith in God is by praying the beginning of the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Endorsements

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

Concepts

Faith is believing we can’t live life on our own.

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).

Faith is taking God’s resources.

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 God (Matthew 6:25,33).

Faith is believing 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). 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).

Examples

To the controller, faith is doing nothing.

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).

To the timid, faith is taking action.

Faith can be difficult for those who are timid and cowardly, but God has already given you a spirit of power and self-control (II Timothy 1:7). Faith is about trusting that God will help you improve this world (Ephesians 5:11). You don’t need to be confrontational (Psalms 1:1); you just need to do the good works God has called you to (Matthew 5:16).

Abraham is the Father of Faith.

Abraham is sometimes known as the Father of Faith (Romans 4:12,16) because Paul often uses him as an example of how we are saved through faith (Romans 4; Galatians 3). 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). No circumstance made him waver in trusting in God with “full conviction” (Romans 4:20). As the ultimate example of faith to us (Romans 4:22-24), although Abraham just wanted a son to continue his legacy (Genesis 15:1-2), and he had to wait 25 years to get his son (Genesis 12:4; Genesis 21:5), God required that he sacrifice him (Genesis 22:1-2) to test his loyalty to God. Abraham succeeded (Genesis 22:10,12; Hebrews 11:17), and became the “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:4-5).

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