Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (KJV)
Our faith is a powerful, powerful thing.
Consider for a moment that it was/is by faith that Abel offered, Enoch was translated, Abraham obeyed, and Sarah conceived. It was also by faith that Isaac blessed, Moses was hidden and the walls of Jericho fell. By faith Rahab perished not. Faith has subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, and stopped the mouths of lions. Our faith is living, thriving, moving. It has the power to grow and be strengthened, yet it also can be weakened and diminished. This book is written to strengthen that which remains within you.
Have you ever taken the time to read the introductions to the books of the Bible? Interestingly enough as I began writing this devotional about the strength of faith and just what faith can do, I ran across this introduction to the book of James. I was immediately so taken by the words of the author that I thought I’d share them here in the introduction to Fully Constrained: What Faith Can Do.
Faith without works cannot be called faith. “Faith without works is dead” (2: 26), and a dead faith is worse than no faith at all. Faith must work; it must produce; it must be visible. Verbal faith is not enough; mental faith is insufficient. Faith must be there, but it must be more. It must inspire action. Faith endures trials. Trials come and go, but a strong faith will face them head on and develop endurance. Faith understands temptations. It will not allow us to consent to our lust and slide into sin. Faith obeys the Word. It will not merely hear and not do. Faith produces doers. Faith harbors no prejudices. Faith displays itself in works. Faith is more than mere words; it is more than knowledge; it is demonstrated by obedience; and it overtly responds to the promises of God. Faith controls the tongue. This small but immensely powerful part of the body must be held in check. Faith can do it. Faith acts wisely. It gives us the ability to choose wisdom that is heavenly and to shun wisdom that is earthly. Faith produces separation from the world and submission to God. It provides us with the ability to resist the devil and humbly draw near to God. Finally, faith waits patiently for the Lord. Through trouble and trial it stifles complaining. (Regency Bible).
Take a moment and consider all of the things that you faith has done for you!
What Faith Can Do ~ Help us to simply believe
Daily Reading: Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Faith is the beginning. Beginning as defined by Webster’s dictionary is, “the point at which something begins, the first part, just starting out.” When we think in terms of new beginnings and fresh starts, rarely do we think of why we are given a new beginning or a fresh start with God. We are given that new beginning and a fresh start because God loves us. God loves us so much that he gives us chance after chance, opportunity after opportunity, and grace upon grace to serve him. I have often heard it said that, Life is God’s gift to us, and what we make of it, is our gift to him.
So what type of gift can we offer back to God? First, we can offer him our faith, second, we can offer him ourselves, and third, we can offer him our service. We know that faith is an action word. It is alive, moving and breathing. Our faith is infectious. When we have faith, we give hope to others. Faith is a muscle that must be exercised in order to grow. God wants us to just believe that He will do what He says He can do. God wants us to trust, especially when we are in the middle of our tests and trials. Simply put, He wants us to have faith in God.
Prayer of Praise: Lord, thank You for the opportunity to stretch my faith in you. I may initially come to you lacking faith but Lord, help my unbelief. Go to each of those areas in my life that I am having trouble believing you in and move by your power and your spirit to increase my faith.
Thought for today: Faith is a muscle that must be exercised. Look for opportunities to increase your faith.
What Faith Can Do ~ Faith Asks Where is Your Faith?
Daily Reading: Luke 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, what manner of man is this? For he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
What is it, which has you so worried? Is it the news reports that you are reading in the paper on the economy? Is it the news reports about an increase in crime or the reports of increased gas and food costs? Have you ever noticed that the “news” is rarely, if ever, good news. Why? Good news does not sell papers and frankly, anyone can manipulate statistics to say what they want them to say. However, there is no manipulation with God. What you see, is what you get. God has promised repeatedly in His word that He is going to provide for our every need. All He asks from us …. Is to trust Him and to believe His report. If the birds in the air are not worried about how they are going to eat, you should not either. God is the same God that controls the wind and the waves. God tells us in His word to take no thought for our lives. He knows that the more we try to save our own lives, the closer we come to losing them. The birds, yes, those winged creatures that fly throughout the air, are not concerned one single bit about how their needs will be met. They know that with the rising of the sun each day, that if they get up and seek their needs for that day that everything will be provided. We cannot serve God weeks in advance. He provides us our daily bread, just like the birds in the air.
Prayer of Praise: Lord, thank you for your daily provision for us. You know precisely what we need, whenever there is a need for it. Lord, help us to look for your daily provision of all of our needs. Amen.
Thought for the Day: God can, God will, and God shall provide for every single thing in which I am in need.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading a small sample of Fully Constrained: What Faith Can Do.
Copyright (c) 2013 by Cassandra Baker Durham
Excerpt from the devotional book: Fully Constrained: What Faith Can Do
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