Faith and love are the two most important ingredients to a fulfilled life, and they work in unison. You can do good things all day long, but if not motivated by love, it won't be accredited as righteousness.
This is similar to faith, if relying on luck to bring success, faith isn't in the equation. But, when relying on God to bless efforts done in faith, the door is opened to his blessings. We can’t put God in a box though, he may react different than expected, but he always has the best of plans for his faithful children, it’s quite an adventure to walk with our Father.
“There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.”
Rom 3:30-31 NLT
Having developed a close relationship with God, faith becomes an integral part of our character. Faith is simply trusting God, expecting him to be honorable and follow through with promises. Believing he will actually flex his awesome power on our behalf, is the beginning of faith. Expecting him to bring success to our efforts done in faith, and assign angels to protect us, is trusting his promises.
Faith is a wide spectrum of trust, pertaining to everything we deal with in life. When walking with God, worry becomes unfamiliar, because his peace dwells in the heart. When faced with difficulties or tragedy, we can trust God to make everything okay in the long run, allowing his wonderful peace to carry us through.
If someone seeks God with pure motive, he makes himself known by faith. Trusting our names are written in the Book of Life, is by faith. Faith is the ingredient that makes prayer relevant. Even hoping in God's promises may open the door to blessings, it’s the beginning of faith.
Someone may believe they have faith, but if it’s never flexed by actively trusting God with something of value, then it never benefits anyone. Exercising faith makes it stronger, but lack of use causes it to wither, and never flexing it renders it useless.
If a task has been deferred because it's too great, this is an opportunity to exercise faith. First, gather verses stating God will help, second, talk it over with him while standing on his Word, then by faith step into the task. When doing this, it's important to not give up on him, even if you don’t see significant progress.
“... Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm." Isa 7:9 NLT
He may test faith by waiting until the last minute, then cause complete success, but if faith falters, then you have dropped the ball. We must be willing to go all the way to the end in faith, actually preferring failure at a high cost, over giving up on God. With this kind of faith, you won’t be able to out run blessings, they will chase you down.
Once it's in your heart to never give up, then he won't need to test you anymore. This is when trusting God becomes a way of life, faith remains vitalized by frequently trusting him with the seemingly impossible, so be sure to flex it often.
Faith initially sprouts as we become familiar with God’s Word, learning more about him and his promises. As it becomes natural to expect him to do things on your behalf, this is faithIn action, an expectation of divine intervention.
When giving his Kingdom first priority, we can walk with confidence and courage. This is how
it was meant to be, he loves to bless us when we get it right.
“For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.” Heb 3:14 NLT
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