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In Mark 11:22, Jesus tells his disciples to, …. “Have faith in God.” Another translation of that verse says to have the God kind of faith. In Hebrews 10:38 the Word instructs us to “…live by faith…” Then in chapter 11 and verse 6 of that same book it says that, “… without faith it is impossible to please Him. …”
From these three verses one can see that faith is important in the life of a believer and that it involves more than our just believing that there is a God. Jesus said we are to have the faith of God. In Hebrews we see we are to live by this faith and in so doing be pleasing to Him. Then it is important to me as a believer to know three things. One, what is the God kind of faith? Two, how do I obtain this faith? and three, how do I use this faith so that I can live by it and be pleasing to God? Let’s look at each one of these from the scriptures.
First, in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus went on to explain what the God kind of faith was in verses 23 and 24 of the eleventh chapter. From the New King James version it says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.” Jesus was teaching his disciples here that this kind of faith says with the mouth what is believed in the heart. This is done both by speaking to a situation or circumstance in our lives (represented by the word mountain in this verse) or as we pray to believe that we receive from God that which we are praying for and we shall have it. Again, it is by saying or praying what we believe in our hearts and this is the God kind of faith. Second, the Word tells us that faith, the God kind, comes to us by hearing and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Thirdly, faith is an act. It is always released in the life of a believer by what we say and what we do. James 2:20 reads “…that faith without works is dead.” The word works here means corresponding action and the word dead means useless. So faith in God is useless in my life unless I have actions that are in line with what I say I believe. When I live in this way then I am pleasing to God and I have the Faith of God operating in my life.
Have you ever wished you were someone else? If you have, you aren’t alone and you shouldn’t. We are all who we are and that is what makes each of us so special. If we all looked alike, acted alike, dressed alike and sounded alike, life would be dull and boring.
For example, there may be times in our lives when we feel as if we are complete failures. Please don’t fret; this feeling is natural and it happens to almost everyone. We all go through what are called peaks and valleys in our lifetime. Think about it, one of our natural human tendencies is to be hard on ourselves. We are not built to go around bragging about what we do and how great and wonderful we are. We don’t normally go around going look how tall, handsome, smart and fast I am. As a matter of fact, if we did that, most people would either laugh at us or refuse to have anything to do with us. As a result of being hard on ourselves, we can sometimes be guilty of hurting our very own self esteem, which can then make us feel downright miserable at times. We have all felt at some point that we weren’t tall enough, thin enough, smart enough or pretty enough. Which begs the question; who are the so called experts when it comes to what is smart, tall, thin and pretty and how do you become an expert in these fields? Is there a college or school you attend for this? I know that it’s certainly not the media, magazines and television shows that we should be learning this from.
So here’s the deal. Life isn’t easy. We all know that? However, we can not make life any harder for ourselves than it already is. Please remember that God doesn’t make any junk. We need to have more pride in ourselves. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying I’m a great dad, husband, father, worker, Christian and so on. There is also nothing wrong with bragging on those around you and giving credit where credit is due. We all love to be bragged on.
In closing, please remember that we are all survivors. We all have worries, trials, tribulations, highs and lows. That is just part of life and that will never change. So please keep your chin up, take more pride in who you are and never forget that God doesn’t make any Junk.