"Faith Is More Than Just Believing"
GOD’S WORD ON FAITH
Faith is more than just believing; it is trusting our very lives to
what we believe.
For example, we can believe that someone can walk across a deep gorge
on a tightrope. But are we willing to trust that person to carry us across? Faith
Faith in God says that we are willing to trust God with our very
We are willing to follow his guidelines for living as outlined in the
Bible because we have the conviction that this will be best for us.
We are even willing to endure ridicule and persecution for our faith
because we are so sure that what we believe is true and that the Christian life is
what is best for us eternally.
Matthew 6:25 “So I tell you, don’t worry
about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life
consist of more than food and clothing?
26 Look at the birds. They don’t need to
plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And
you are far more valuable to him than they are.
27 Can all your worries add a single moment
to your life? Of course not.
28 “And why worry about your clothes? Look at
the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,
29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not
dressed as beautifully as they are.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE FAITH IN GOD?
Isaiah 25:9 . . . This is the Lord in whom we trusted. Let us
rejoice in the salvation he brings!
John 5:24 . . . I assure you, those who listen to my message
and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. Faith is the only way to get to
heaven. It is the only doorway to eternal life. If God created eternity, then only
through God can we get there.
Hebrews 11:1 . . . What is faith? It is the confident assurance
that what we hope for is going to happen. Faith gives us hope.
HOW DOES FAITH IN GOD AFFECT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH
GOD? HOW DOES IT CHANGE THE WAY I LIVE?
Genesis 15:6 . . . Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord
declared him righteous because of his faith.
Romans 3:24-25 . . . God in his gracious kindness declares us
not guilty . . . We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his
blood, sacrificing his life for us. Sin breaks our relationship with God because it
is rebellion against God. A holy God cannot live with unholy people. But when we
accept Jesus as Savior and ask him to forgive our sins, this simple act of faith
makes us righteous in God’s sight.
Isaiah 26:3 . . . You will keep in perfect peace all who trust
in you. Faith in God brings peace of mind and heart because we know that we belong to
him, and we know that one day all pain and suffering will end.
Romans 8:5 . . . Those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit
think about things that please the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:1 . . . I will write about the special
abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us.
Galatians 5:22 . . . When the Holy Spirit controls our lives,
he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness. Faith is inviting God’s Holy Spirit to live within us. It is
not just an act of the mind, but it taps us into the very resources of God so that we
have the power to live in an entirely new way. If God himself is living within us,
our lives should be dramatically changed.
WHEN I’M STRUGGLING IN MY CHRISTIAN LIFE AND HAVE DOUBTS, DOES IT MEAN
I HAVE LESS FAITH?
2 Peter 1:1-9 . . . He has given us all of his rich and
wonderful promises . . . So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises
to your life.
Genesis 15:8 . . . Abram replied, “O
Sovereign Lord, how can I be sure that you will give it to me?”
Matthew 11:2-3 . . . John the Baptist . . . sent his disciples
to ask Jesus, “Are you really the Messiah we’ve been waiting for .
. . ?” Many people in the Bible whom we consider to be “pillars of faith” had moments of doubt. The key is to never give up on
our faith and to always ask if, over time, our lives have been moving closer to or
further away from God. Even during moments of doubt, you must invest the effort and
discipline to allow your faith to grow.
HOW CAN WE PASS FAITH ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, OR IS FAITH
Judges 2:10-11 . . . After that generation died, another
generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he
had done for Israel. One generation’s devotion to God does not secure the next
generation’s devotion to God. But one generation can leave a legacy of godliness. To
secure the next generation, we must involve ourselves for a lifetime with that
generation, sharing God’s goodness.
PROMISES FROM GOD: Acts 16:31 . . . They replied,
“Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with your
2 Thessalonians 1:10 . . . You will be among those praising him
on that day, for you believed what we testified about him.
1 Peter 1:7 . . . If your faith remains strong after being
tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day
when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.