FAITH FROM GOD’S POINT OF VIEW
There are many promises in the Bible. All of these promises are real and can be enjoyed by you and me. Our God is powerful and rich, stories in the Bible we see, read and tell others of when encouraging them during their time of challenges or sorrow works just as the Lord saved, protected and guided the Israelites during their wilderness journey; the same thing He will and is still doing today. God never changes, and the words of His promises never change nor fail. The only time His promises does not come to fulfilment is when the person, family or nation starts sinning against God thinking they can outsmart God. After considering the work God has done in the past and the one He is still doing in the present we realise that all of His promises are received by faith which rests on God’s power, love and faithfulness. The present error of today Christians is that not many of us expect God to do somethings for us, we sort of choose the things we tell God and say, “well I think I can handle this,” and before you know it matters get complicated and when you’ve exhausted with all the ideas and ways and as well time wasting, you now go back to God. Can I say something here, why not ask the Holy Spirit what to do or how to handle the situation? This is also called faith (John 14:26; Psalm 32:8). Most of us are influenced by the unbelieving friends, government economy, change in the environment around us, considering that miracles were possible and only occurred during Biblical times: the only way we think like this is because of lack of faith. God’s power is real and still available to everyone who would access it, just like in the days of the old.
What does the Bible say about faith? The Oxford dictionary defines faith as complete trust or confidence in someone or something or strong belief in the doctrines of a religion based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.
The Bible definition of faith is confidence on what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrew 11: 1 & 2). It is also an open cheque written and signed by God. The signature bears Jesus’ name and our names written on it, given to us to make purchases of what we need.
FAITH GOES WITH ACTION == WITHOUT ACTION THERE IS NO FAITH.
The Bible said, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
“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).
Faith is like an anchor, it establishes a person. Faith is real. Faith is a conviction of things not seen. This is the life of Jesus when He said in John 8:29, “The one who sent me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” The source of our faith is God and He has given us faith as one of the spiritual blessings (Ephesians 2:8). We should have faith in God because He possesses a nature that makes it easy for us to trust Him thereby making our faith increase. Most times we do not commit ourselves and our situations to God under the pretext that God is unreliable. Believing in God means committing ourselves and situations to Him and trusting in Him to accomplish the work for us.
Let me use banking system as an example: Any bank you can think of is owned by a person or group of people. You walk into a bank and deposit your money. This is an act of faith that you are not going to lose your money (either by you being robbed or losing it should you have it with you) and you can withdraw it when you want. Despite some of us losing money to these banks out of misappropriation of “OUR” funds or in any other way, we still go back again to put our hard earned money into these banks. Think of this if a bank built by a group of persons can one day say they are no longer functioning despite our faith and trust in them, why can’t we put our faith in God and trust Him enough to provide and guide us through all situations no matter how difficult it may seem. I thank God you are now seeing what am seeing. Well let’s continue reading.
God’s credentials speaks for itself, only God is trustworthy. Many talk about faith a lot, we also confess that we believe but the most important question is how true is our confession? What I mean is that we confess faith in Christ without following divine direction. Faith is something you put in practice or it is an action. How do we put in practice our faith: By having faith in God both in our difficult times, challenges, when we are being persecuted, rejected, abused, failed as a parent or spouse knowing that our faith in Him can turn things around for us and also during our abundant times (things are going on well) for this is when we need God more because the tendency is high that we might forget our God (Deuteronomy 8: 11- 14). A wealthy Christian brother once called me aside many years ago and said when a man is poor he may be praying once or twice but when God blesses the same man he should pray twice or three times as much as he used to pray when he doesn’t have money. I asked why, and he said, because every force from the enemy will try to pull you down because they know you can fund the work of God and bring others to Christ as you give them a helping hand.”
Note: OUR WORK PROVES OUR FAITH
OUR WORK PERFECTS AND COMPLETES OUR FAITH
This is what the Book of James is talking about. Now if we commit a matter to the Lord and believe God will work for us, our positive attitude towards the matter will surely see a great change. But if your heart is restless, worried, afraid, feeling lost, struggling with all effort to scheme a plan, or to manoeuvre then it shows we have not yet believed (Hebrews 4:3). One thing we should know is that faith rests in God not in the present situation nor in ourselves or any other person except God Himself. It is not a matter of how we feel or the pressure of the situation or what people will say or think but on what God have already said concerning the situation this is why the Bible said that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4). You and I must behave as if what He said has already been accomplished this is the difference between a matured Christian and a baby Christian.