I recently was meditating on the subject of faith and was reminded of these action points: faith waits, trusts, acts, believes and stands. This list is by no means exclusive. In another series of the statements of Jesus, He found people with no faith, little faith and great faith.
Waiting implies that we are looking for direction, provision, support, and that we are serving or turning to God. Isaiah says (40:31); "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." This is a point of instruction and a promise.
Proverbs 3 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."Trust is to know that God is out for your highest good, that He is who He says He is. This is not always easy but it leads us to a place of peace and eventually understanding.
Faith takes action. It needs an activity. I have personally witnessed many miracles when people take a step of faith. In Mark 5:34 the woman pressed through the crowd until she could touch Jesus. She was dying, probably from cancer.
Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."
The effort she took led to her healing. Waiting and trusting lead to action.
We must believe. Hebrews 11 says, "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." This is about God's character. The pathway to His presence is believing. If we believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead We will be saved.
A strong walk of faith requires you to arm yourself. This is a metaphor for how we should live.
Ephesians 6 says, "Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand...above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." There are times when standing is what we must do even when we don't feel anything or get anything.
Wherever you are in your journey with Jesus these little action verbs will help sustain you and keep you on the journey. The Bible says that the just will live by their faith.
The Rev. Robert Reasner is senior pastor at Abundant Life Assembly of God, 32940 Sterling Highway, Sterling. For more information, call 262-7266 or visit www.abundantlifealaska.org or email@example.com. Services are held Sundays at 9:45 a.m. - Christian education for all ages; 11 a.m. - morning worship and children's church; and 6 p.m. - evening worship. Also at 7 p.m. Wednesdays -- life groups for all ages.
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