Today, I am faced with Roman’s 1:17 NIV:
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith”.
What does it mean to live by faith? Some believe that it is works that demonstrates faith. Then again, some others believe that faith comes from the heart. Well, it is both. From out of the heart comes the deeds of man – some good yet some evil.
So what does it truly mean to have faith? Imagine what took place at the cross. What do you imagine went through Jesus’ mind when he was nailed to that cross? He could have faught to be free, but he didn’t.
Despite the physical torture Jesus was experiencing, he knew that God, the Father, would be faithful to him no matter what; it is what fueled him to allow himself to be nailed to a cross.
Faith is trusting more in God than what you can see. Faith is moving to another country you have never visited without a fight, but only with prayer and fasting. Faith is trusting in God with what you do not see, and also with the end result.
Faith does not argue. Faith does not hesitate. Faith goes forth like a spring of rushing water ready to come over its borders. Faith has no end and does not set boundaries or conditions. Faith in God moves mountains.Faith is not trust in your friends, your family, or even your governments; true faith is in everything you do not see.
The question is this: who or what do you have faith in? Do you truly have faith in God? If your answer is yes, then what evidence do you have? Have you ever experienced blind faith, the kind of faith when you knew that if God was not in it that your life could become a complete disaster? There is a reason why man calls this “stepping out on a limb” or “getting out of your comfort zone”. You just never know when that limb is going to break.
This is faith: stepping out and trusting God with everything you do not know. It means trusting God with all your earthly possession as well.
In the Book of Job, Job lost everything, and it was all returned to him…and then more on top of that. Job was told to curse God under very difficult circumstances, but he proclaimed God to be the center of his universe. Job had great faith.
We know Job as a man of great faith, but it would be his courage and his faith, that would cause us to know of his life.
No matter who you are, you have the potential of having great faith. But know this: great faith does not come from works or deeds,but, rather, it comes from answering the calling of God and following through with the assignment that God has entrusted you.
Following through with God’s calling is what makes you a man, or woman, of faith. Religion does not make you a man, or woman, of faith. It is your answer to God, and how you follow through, that makes you a man, or woman, of faith. It’s not a thing; it’s an action, but not just any action. True faith is a result of true trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and the calling of God the Father.
My question for you today is this: where does your faith lie?
Go forth and be blessed my friend.