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What Is Faith-Part IV

What Is Faith-Part IV
Living Faith-Walking In Faith

 Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV)

We have been looking at a series of devotionals titled, "What is Faith?"  In our last devotional, we began to look at, "Living Faith", or what I call, "Walking in Faith."  We learned that we need to be "All IN," or fully committed, in our walk with God as Christian men and women.  In today's devotional, we will begin to look at what it means to have "Living Faith."

There are so many people who claim that they believe in something, and yet they don't really put any effort towards it.  I'm not really sure if they really believe in it at all.  After all, if you truly believed that something was right, then why wouldn't you put some effort into it?  Let me give you an example.

I could say "I believe that being physically fit is right, and that it is my goal"--but then turn around and choose to sit around doing nothing all day--eating junk food, and gaining weight.  

In the Same way, I could say, "I believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior, and I believe that He died on the Cross for my sin, and that His ways were the right way to live"--but not really seek to follow His teachings, or worse yet, know them and yet not apply them.

Q:    So What Is this "Living Faith?"

A:    I want to give you 2-answers with illustrations and applications.  Here is the first answer:

1.    It is Confidence, dependence, and belief in another persons strengths, abilities, and decision's.

Everyone has a degree of "Living Faith."  We walk in and out of building structures every day--never worrying about them collapsing.

*    We exercise "Living Faith" when we drive our car that we are going to make it to our destination--or that when we go through a green light, that the cross traffic is in fact, going to stop.

*    We exercise "Living Faith" when, after the mechanic works on our car, that it will be safe to drive--and as a result of our "Living faith"--we get in and drive it away. 

*    We exercise "Living Faith" when we get on an airplane--because if weren't exercising "Living faith," we wouldn't even consider flying.

*    We exercise "Living Faith" when a Doctor gives us a prescription--And we take the medicine as a result--believing that we will get better.

So, my point is that:  We willingly put our lives into the hands of these mechanics, Doctors, and Pilots---We Need to put that same faith in God.  We need to simply place our confidence, dependence, and belief in God's strengths, abilities, and decisions.

You see, the more time we spend with a trustworthy person, the closer you get with them, and the greater faith you have in them.
The more time you spend with our Loving God--The more closer you will get with Him--and the result is the stronger your faith will be in His Strengths, His abilities, and His decisions.

Q:    How do we get closer to God?
Q:    How do we build our Living faith?

A:    Romans 10:17

 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

We need to become familiar with God's Word, and we can do it in a variety of ways such as:

*    Listen to preaching every day on whatever radio station you can get it on.
*    Read and study the Bible daily
*    Attend Church, & Bible Studies that open the Word of God and study it verse by verse.

I want to encourage you today to spend time with God in His Word.  Meditate upon it, and let it sink deep within your mind.  When you read the scriptures, ask yourself, "What does this scripture mean to me?  How can I implement it into my life?  How does God want me to apply this to my life?"  Now, apply it to your life, and share it with others as well.

In our next devotional, we will look at the 2nd answer to our question, "What is Living Faith."

 STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 10:17, where does faith come from?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you reading your bible each and every day?  Are you praying before you read, and asking God to show you all that He wants for you to learn?

APPLICATION:  Read your bible each and every day.  Pray before you read, and ask the Lord to open your eyes to His truth.  Ask Him to show you how you can apply these truths to your life.

Father, Thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for Your guidance and direction within Your Word.  Help me to understand Your Word as I read it Lord.  Open my eyes so that I can see all that You have for me today.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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