Friday, July 06, 2018

Put Your Faith to Work

Now faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrew 11:1)
Faith, the Bible says, is the substance of what you hope for, and the title-deed of unseen realities. In other words, faith means that the things you were hoping for are now your present-hour possessions. This is where the demonstration of faith comes to play. If it is true that what you hoped for is now yours, then you ought to act that way. For example, you might have prayed to God for something concerning yourself, believing he will do it. If you truly believe that God heard your prayer, then you shouldn't come back tomorrow and pray about the same thing again. You should now begin to act like someone who has received from God: that's how to put your faith to work.

When Peter and John met the crippled man at the gate of the temple called beautiful, Peter said to the man, "silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6). Peter then grabbed the man by the hand, and lifted him up. The Bible says "and he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping, and praising God". The man didn't try to test whether he could stand up; he jumped up! That was a demonstration of fiat. He believed he had been healed and he immediately acted that way, and he began to walk instantly.

Understand that faith is active and not passive; faith acts now because it has taken possession. That's why the Bible says, ".. faith, if it hath now works, is dead, being alone" (James 2;17). That means faith without corresponding actions is dead. The faith that works is when you believe that what God says are yours are yours, and then you act accordingly.

In other words if you truly believe God's word - that he is who he sys he is, has done what he says he has done, and that you have what he says you have, then you must talk, act, and live hat way. Therefore, each time you pray, act as someone that has received; that's how to put your faith to work.

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