Faith and Life Through God's Word

The Bible says…

"...my words, they are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63)

"...Faith therefore comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

To help you…

The same way that prayer is talking to God as a child talks to their father, reading God’s Word, the Bible, is God talking to us as a father talks to his child!

God’s Word carries in itself the life, faith, and power of God! As we read the Word of God the following are some of the things that happen within our hearts:

  1. We begin to understand the mind, the thoughts, and the ways of God our heavenly Father.
  2. We become stronger in our faith. (Romans 10:17)
  3. We become aware of our position, rights, and privileges as God’s children.

Let us look for a moment at faith. Faith is accepting God's Word as truth and acting upon it. (James 2:17-22) Faith means believing God's Word in spite of all circumstances that say the contrary. Steadfast faith in God’s Word will always change our adverse circumstances so that they in the end line-up with God’s Word! That is the power of faith! Such faith is imparted to our hearts as we give ourselves to God’s Word!

God's Word will begin to govern our outlook and behavior. Faith therefore, affects the whole life of a believer. The exercise of faith in a believer's experience brings about a total change of life that accords with the Word of God.

Jesus said, "If you continue in my Word, then you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32)

The source of faith is Jesus Christ, and He shapes the faith that we have. God deals with each one of us on a personal basis. He purposefully makes a measure of faith for each person, and from there onward the individual grows in faith as he responds to each opportunity that he or she has to act in faith!

The first challenge to operate in faith in a believer's life will lead to the next experience and challenge, and so on. The Bible describes this as going "from faith to faith" (Romans 1:17). This could be compared to a man who owns a well. Each bucket of water he brings to the surface adds more water to the reservoir at the top.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). The Bible is the supply line of faith. By this we understand the importance of knowing the Scriptures. 

Faith springs from the knowledge of God through His Word. It was said of the first Christians, "that they continued steadfastly in the Apostles teaching." (Acts 2:42)

They showed a hunger for the Word of God by eagerly sitting under the ministry of those who broke the "bread of life" to their souls. With their attention thus focused on the Word of God expounded to them it is little wonder that faith filled their hearts. So we read in the Bible, "these that have turned the world upside down are here also" (Acts 17:6) and "mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed" (Acts 19:20).

Your desire as a child of God is to bring pleasure to your Heavenly Father by living what the Bible calls the Life of Faith. Jesus lived like that and He has left you His example that you should follow in His steps.

 

For your reading…

Hebrews 11:1-16
Hebrews 12:1-4

Commit to memory…

Mark 9:23

To learn how thanksgiving in all circumstances can help you to overcome the pressures of this world visit Thanksgiving: The Voice of Faith.