Friday, July 10, 2015

The Role of Faith

The Role of Faith

By Samantha W.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV

Faith is the mainstay of our lives as Christians. We aren’t saved because of what we do, but because we believe that Jesus Christ is God’s son and died for our sins. In Hebrews, it talks about faith being the reason God credited His people with righteousness.

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. (Hebrews 11:6)

No wonder The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5)

But what did Jesus say? He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. Luke 17:6. NIV

Wouldn’t that be a sight! To see a tree uproot and fling itself into the water. Seems impossible, doesn’t it? Our logical minds tell us it couldn’t happen. But Jesus said it would take very little faith to accomplish.

The tricky thing about faith is that it’s the opposite of doubt. In fact, they are so opposite they can’t be together. One always ousts the other out. A person who doubts is said to be like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:6.) And is unstable in all he does. (James 1:7) Similarly, God warns in Isaiah 7:9, If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.

With all the opinions and voices out there, telling us what is true and false, we must have a firm belief in God’s Word or we can be so easily swayed. So how do we act upon faith? We’ll talk about it next month. Until then, let’s summarize the roles faith takes.

·                     Being confident in what we hope for.
·                     How we believe we are saved.
·                     Required in order to please God.
·                     Powerful even in a small measure.
·                     The enemy of doubt.
·                     The way we are able to stand.


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