Thoughts On: God’s Gift of Faith

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Faith is the basic building block on which a relationship with God, Almighty is built. Faith demands the Christian relinquish his worldly thinking and surrender to Heavenly understanding.

A Christian believes that Jesus is the Christ. It is by God’s grace that we have the faith necessary to seek Him. Faith in Him is a gift from Him given so as to give us the direction for the work He defined for each of us.

Ephesians 2:8-10
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

I am a Christian. I came to believe that Christ is my Savior without human rationale or logical reason to do so. I am like very nearly every other Christian in that I have not seen God face to face. That does not change my belief that God exists.

John 20:24-29
Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”  Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Over time the Lord leads all Christians to seek a deeper, greater understanding. Many Christians haphazardly or halfheartedly seek heavenly wisdom.

Allow me this analogy about faith. Americans purchase meals at any of dozens of national fast food restaurant chains. We find a favorite chain and are comfortable purchasing the same meal time and again no matter where the franchise might be located. Why? Because we have a faith our favorite meal will be prepared in the same manner every time. We trust the person in charge of our meal’s preparation to follow the guidelines established by their respective franchise headquarters. We trust that the restaurant staff are honorable and will not taint the meal they are preparing for us. That is having a faith in something not seen, in a secular sense, of course.

Christian faith is precisely the same. God’s Holy Word teaches us this:

Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Consider the fast food restaurant analogy that was offered earlier. The Christian trusts God to be the same God each and every moment of each and every day. The meal, spiritual bread with living water, is consistent. The Christian knows in his heart that God’s worlds are prepared by His Word.

There is a blessing from God for having faith in Him.

Jeremiah 7:7-8
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD.  For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.

A life of peace. A life that is fruitful. A life with plenty. These are the blessings for “…the man who trusts (has the heavenly gift of faith) in the LORD….”

God always hears our prayers. Our faith in Him brings answers to our heartfelt prayers to Him.

Matthew 15:28
Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

Dear reader, our faith is a thing not measurable. Faith is not an emotion that grows when it is fed. Our faith is not tangible and it is not a force. Our faith, like God, simply is. It is important to remember that God loved us first and that His gift of faith in Him is the blessing for hearing His call.

Thank you, Father for leading me to trust You without reservation. You are wonderful and awesome even though I have never seen You. Your will for me is that I should be held in Your bosom and sit at Your feet. I believe Lord in the unseen. I believe You and believe in You. Gracious Father thank You for drawing me to You. In Jesus, the Christ’s, Holy Name, AMEN.

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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