April 3: Faith Shapes Your Life

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11:4-5

4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.

5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Faith is the baseline of life. Nobody truly has “a life” without first having “a faith”. Reading the stories of the men and women of faith in Hebrews 11, we see that faith is about believing the Word of God, taking God at His Word; and in each story we see that faith is more than just having the right beliefs. They did not only believe God but also acted their faith. True faith, Bible faith, demands and creates action. If you really believe that Jesus is the Christ and that He is the Lord of your life, it will change the way you live your life. Faith that is mere believing and has no direct impact on your life is fake. No true Bible faith lacks action. In fact, faith is the verity or substance of action. Whatever action is not of faith is vain, empty and void of substance to be good. Whatever is not of faith is sin. So, faith is first about what you believe but it is more than that. It is that belief moved into action. When you really believe, you will take action consistent with your faith; and when you act, your action will not lack the power to be good. Actions of faith, by themselves, are good.

The apostle James by the Holy Spirit tells us that faith without corresponding action is dead being alone (James 2:14-22), which means that potent, active and operative faith is that which has action. Being a Christian is more than just having a set of beliefs; it is also about the way we live our lives in this world. Even devils believe there is one God, and tremble; but that kind of faith is inoperative (James 2:19). The faith that saves is that which is not lacking in action. The dynamite power of faith is let loose as we act it out! If you believe that Jesus died for your sins and that He is Lord of your life, you will no longer live in sin. If you believe that God made all people in His image, you will treat everyone with honour. If you believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again, you will live a life that is worthy of His coming. If you believe that the stripes that wounded Jesus were for your healing, you will not let any disease thrive or live in your body any longer. If you believe that Jesus was made poor that you might be rich, you will not make excuses for poverty any longer.

MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION)
In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that I am a doer of the Word. My faith is potent and active; it is working to produce powerful results in my walk with the Lord. I give expression to what I believe, and the power thereof is worked out for a performance of everything the Word has said to me. Amen.

Further Meditation:

James 2:14-22; James 1:22-26.