Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
Faith is one of the many gifts we receive immediately when we receive the Holy Spirit. You know the Spirit is like a awesome goody bag or a Christmas stocking, filled with unexpected surprises you can enjoy. How you use it will determine your journey with God. With faith you can enjoy the limitless possibilities with God, but without you live a life wondering “what if”.
2 Corinthians 5:7 – (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Don’t think that this scripture is saying your walking blindly. You receive instructions along the way. You will NOT get the entire picture! So you won’t get step 1, 2, and 3 all in one prayer. God is sooooo like a teacher. He gives you step one, then when you successfully complete step one, he gives you step 2.
Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The best way to break this scripture down is to give a real example. I am a single woman. I have prayed to God that he would bless me with a mate that he knows what’s best for me. I threw in the towel trying to find one for myself. My faith says that God will bless me with a mate in his perfect timing. My faith says that we will be put together based on his purpose and destiny for our lives. The fact is I can’t see this with my natural eye. I see this with my spiritual eye.
Romans 10:17 – So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith only comes by hearing the word of God! Here are the 3 must to hear the word of God:
READING GOD’S WORD
I know the last one is not a favorite to those who don’t believe in attending church. But it is another way to hear the word of God! Your faith increases as you hear God’s word broken down in a way you can gain understanding. No one is bible scholar right of the bat! You grow in knowledge as God opens your understanding!
Faith moves mountains in your life! Faith heals! Faith delivers! Faith saves lost souls like you and me! You need faith to please God! The benefit is this: you grow closer to God and he will show you things that you didn’t know about yourself! And when you walk in those things! You begin to perform the things God spoke about in his word and about you!
I believe it happens 4 times in the gospels that Jesus did something to fulfill the prophecies in the Old Testament. E.g. when Jesus went to the temple and read the scripture.
Luke 4:20-22 Then He rolled up the scroll, returned it to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him, and He began by saying, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in yourhearing.” All spoke well of Him and marveled at the gracious words that came from His lips. “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” they asked.…
Jesus heard and read the word of God. And then he performed it! That’s faith in a nutshell. So how do we follow this principle? Like the famous Nike slogan says.
Just do it….