Learning to live by ‘faith’
The greatest secret I have ever discovered in my Christian life is finally learning to live by “faith.” This doesn’t mean trying something new or even trying harder — just plain faith. It has brought peace and power into my life like nothing before, and it’s so incredibly simple! As a matter of fact, a good definition of faith is this — simply taking God at his word.
Hebrews 13:5-6 says “… he hath said … So that we may boldly say ….” For sake of illustration, let’s say you have a “feeling” that you and I will eat lunch together after this Sunday’s service. You go to my favorite restaurant and wait for me. Guess what? — I’m not coming! We try the same thing with God when we get a good feeling about something concerning him and mistake that for “faith.” Eventually, we recognize that it doesn’t work that way.
Here’s another way we try with God that doesn’t work. Suppose you go to a restaurant after Sunday service, order my favorite meal and allow no negative thoughts to enter your mind. You think positively and wait for me. Guess what — I’m not coming! People also try this with God and think that is “faith.” They just do good and think positively, yet God doesn’t come through.
However, if I say, “Meet me at such and such restaurant and we’ll eat at 1 p.m.,” and you show up — that’s faith! Not a feeling, not positive thinking — just taking someone at their word! When you begin doing this with God, your Christian life will come alive in ways you’ve always wanted. You will begin to experience the “abundant life” Jesus speaks of in John 10:10.
Here is an example of how I do this: I am going to pray and I want to be “acceptable,” so God will hear and answer my prayer. I used to try very hard to be acceptable, but I could never quite measure up. I could always find something unacceptable about myself. Because of this, I could never really pray with confidence, and many prayers went unanswered.
Today, it is a different story. Today, I read in Ephesians 1:6 these words: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” “In the beloved” is another way of saying you have received Christ as your personal Savior.
I now go to the Lord and say “Thank you, Lord, you say in Your Word I’m already ‘accepted’ because I’m ‘in the beloved.'” Then, I go ahead and ask God for things with confidence, knowing he will answer. Not because of me or anything I have done, but because of what Christ did for me. He has already made me acceptable to God. That’s faith! Not a good feeling. Not positive thinking. Just simply taking God at his Word. Hebrews 13:5-6 … he hath said … So that we may boldly say ….
Start putting this truth about faith into practice and watch what happens — wonderful things!