19 May Putting your faith to work
Putting your faith to work
I want to encourage you to put your faith to work. The bible teaches us that God gave us the faith to believe when we were first saved. We have all been given a measure of faith and God wants us to use this faith to fulfill the plans and purposes He has created us for.
“God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12v3
As His people we are given this faith to enable us to live by faith and not by sight. I want to challenge you to put your faith to work and believe God to do all He promises in His word. Living by faith is not difficult but I want to help you by giving you 5 practical steps that will help you put your faith to work.
- See it
“Through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15v5
Everything starts with the word. As I read the word, the scripture encourages me and gives me hope of a different life and future. Reading the word allows me to see that my world doesn’t have to remain the same but the bible promises the possibility of change. Hope enters my heart as I read the scriptures which is important because “faith is the substance of things hoped for”.
- Think it
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1 v8
Just reading the word is not enough, God instructed Joshua to read and mediate on it. Meditation is the act of chewing over a thought in much the same way as a cow chews the cud. As I meditate on the word I start to imagine what my life could become. Similar to the person who thinks about how they might look in a particular outfit when I meditate on the word I see myself in the fulfilment of the promise that I am considering.
- Say it
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10v23
Faith has a language and it is the language of the word. God wants me to speak the things He says about me and not the circumstances I find myself in. Faith stops declaring what is happening and starts declaring what the word says. We need to hold fast to our confession because the devil will do all he can to cause you to speak doubt and unbelief. Hold fast to your confession, God is good, He will turn all things to good and goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life.
- Do it
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” Hebrews 11v8
The Bible says faith without works is dead. The works of faith involve acting on the word we are trusting. For Abraham he had a word and then acting on it by leaving his homeland and simply following the call. As you start to live by faith you will be stretched to do what the bible tells you to do. As you take the next step of faith you will find that your red sea will open.
- Stand on it
In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, Romans 4v18
Standing on the word involves maintaining a position in God until what you are believing God to do manifests in your life. In Abraham’s case he had come to the position where he believed he was to become the father of many nations as he had been told. Despite all the natural circumstances telling him there was just no way Sarah was going to get pregnant he changed his name to “father of a multitude” and believed until what God had promised came to pass.
To recap here are my 5 steps towards putting your faith to work
- Read it
- Think it
- Say it
- Do it
- Stand on it
If God has promised it in His word He is looking for us to simply believe Him with childlike faith. I want to end by encouraging you from the book of Joshua;
“Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” Joshua 21v45
If God did all He promised for the children of Israel then He will do all that He has promised you!