Faith is important because it affects everything
we think, say and do. Faith is the victory that overcomes the
world, the flesh and the devil. (1 John 5:4) Faith is the only
way we are able to stand, the only way we are able to live and the
only way we are able to love (2 Cor. 1:24; Gal. 5:6). Thus,
the most important thing we can do as Godís children is
learn how to understand, possess and walk in complete faith.
In his book, Combat Faith, Hal Lindsey
describes a few of the Scriptural promises that come to us through
"We are born into eternal
life through faith; we are declared righteous before God by
faith; we are forgiven by faith; we are healed by faith; we
understand the mysteries of creation by faith; we learn Godís
Word by faith; by faith we understand things to come; we walk by
faith and not by sight; we overcome the world by faith; we enter
Godís rest by faith; and we are controlled and empowered by
the Holy Spirit by faith.
The issue of faith pervades every
aspect of our relationship with God and our service for Him.
Faith is the source of our strength, our provision, our courage,
our guidance, and our victory over the world system, the flesh
and the devil. Faith is the only thing that can sustain us in
the trials and persecutions predicted for the last days. It is
therefore imperative that we understand exactly what faith is,
how we get it and how it grows." (pp. 21-22)
Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by
hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, which is another reason
why itís so important to be in Godís Word on a daily basis.
Following are a few more reasons why faith is so
Faith Allows Us to "See" God
Faith is the telescope that scans the heavens
for the majesty of God, and also the microscope that magnifies His
hidden wonders. Faith is the code-breaker that allows us to
interpret His Words and understand His meanings.
Faith is the only path that not only allows us
to "see" God, but also to draw near to His presence and
fellowship with Him. Only as we walk by faith can God make the
darkness light before us (Isa. 42:16) and enable us to see His
handiwork (Psa. 19:1-3).
Therefore, faith is the only thing that will
bring us the intimacy with God that we yearn for and that He so
desires (Heb. 11:6). Only as we see God as He truly is, and see
ourselves as we really are, will we ever become truly pleasing in
His sight. In other words, no prayer, no tears, no fasting without
faith, will ever bless Him.
We Can Only Live by Faith
Itís impossible to separate faith from life,
because every choice we make either comes from faith in something
or Someone, or unbelief and distrust. The Bible says, "I am
crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live: yet not I, but Christ
liveth in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by
the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for
me" (Gal. 2:20; cf. Heb. 10:38).
What this Scripture is saying is that
"living by faith" is our responsibility (Heb.
11:11). Living by faith does not mean "blindly"
believing in God, but "wisely" trusting Him to supply
our every need. Itís believing that God has promised us a better
world and by faith, we have chosen to hold Him to that promise.
Job is an example of someone living by faith.
Although Job groaned in his present circumstances, he didnít
lose confidence in the future. He never stopped believing
that God would act as his Vindicator, his Advocate and his
Avenger. In the midst of his greatest suffering, Job still said,
"I know that my redeemer lives..." (Job 19:25) and this
needs to be the "battle cry" of every believer in
God is constantly asking us, "Will you live
by faith, or will you crumble when you donít see or understand
what I am doing?"
An Example: "Living by Faith"
We have spoken of George Muller before, but I
canít leave the subject of "living by faith" without
expounding further about the life of this incredible man.
Mr. Muller believed that faith rested upon the
Word of God. He used to say, "When sight ceases, then faith
has a chance to work." As long as there was any possibility
of human success, he felt faith could not accomplish
anything. Thus, his motto was, "God is able to do this; I
His greatest desire was to live a
"public" life of faith so that othersí trust in God
would be strengthened. If he as a poor man, without asking the aid
or finances of anyone, simply by prayer and faith, could have all
his needs met, then he felt anyone could. He knew it would be
"living proofí to others that faith works.
When there was no money, as happened often, he
would simply say, "The Lord in His wisdom and love has not
sent help, but I believe, in due time He will." And, He
As a result of George Mullerís life of prayer
and faith, he was given the necessary money to built three
orphanages, house and feed almost 2,000 children, buy all the
furniture and supplies needed to furnish and run the homes and
schools, and hire all the needed personnel to manage the
facilities. Muller expected God to answer and expected His
blessings on his labor of love. And he always received it, because
he lived by faith.
"The just shall live by
faith." (Galatians 3:11)
As we have said before, so much of our faith,
even as Christians, rests upon what we can see and what we
can feel. God knows that we can never truly live by faith
as long as we are being manipulated by our senses. He knows that
the farther removed we can get from our faith resting on things
that we see and feel, the more deeply we can enter into a life of
real faith in God.
This is one of the reasons God allows
"night seasons" in our lives. When we are no longer
able to "see," we will be forced to live by faith. And,
when our faith finally stops being dependent on the realm of our
senses, we will be free to enter into the rest of God. God
knows that the less we "see," the more faith weíll
have to live by.
"...blessed are they that
have not seen, and yet have believed" (John 20:29).
Faith Reveals the Character of God to Others
When we reflect Godís imageóHis joy, His
wisdom, His Love and His peaceóin every circumstance (good or
bad)óthe world will see Jesus through us. The life of every
believer should be a magnifying glass focused on Christ, because what
we do tells the world what we believe. Doing
demonstrates our belief.
When our faith crumbles in the midst of hard
circumstances, we are telling the world that God is not
trustworthy, He is not faithful and He is not loving. If
Christians display such a lack of trust, then how can unbelievers
be expected to put their trust in Christ? We must, instead, show
the world that faith in God is always the answer, and that
He is our only refuge in times of trouble (2 Tim. 4:7; 1
Pet. 5:7; Phil. 4:6-7).
Faith Enables Us to Be Overcomers
Faith not only enables us to overcome the flesh
and the world, but also overcome the devil. Only faith can repel
the enemy. Thus, when we lose faith, we leave ourselves wide open
for his vicious attacks. Satan knows that faith and doubt
cannot co-exist, so he does everything in his power to make us
doubt God and His faithfulness. Doubt and unbelief affect every
choice we make. Unbelief can destroy our sensitivity to Godís
voice, and if we choose to entertain this attitude, weíll end up
spiritually shipwrecked (1 Tim. 1:19). Doubt can always be traced
back to unbelief in Godís Word and His promises. As Hebrews 4:2
says, "The word preached did not profit them [because
it was not] mixed with faith."
Know that doubting the character of God will
stop your spiritual growth and ultimately devour your faith. The
only way you can ever counteract such doubt is to believe (by an
act of your will) that God will never let you down and never
deceive you, no matter what He allows in your life.
Faith Is the Victory That Overcomes
Faith is the key that opens the door to our
spiritual victory and enables us to walk triumphantly with Jesus
(1 John 5:4). As mentioned before, only true faith can overcome
the world, the flesh and the devil. To "overcome" simply
means to be able to conquer our sin, our self, our circumstances
and our trials through the power of faith. Overcoming faith means
putting off anything "that is not of faith" and putting
on Christ (Col. 3:5; Gal. 5:24; Eph. 4:22).
The way God implements this kind of overcoming
faith, is by removing everything in our lives that hinders and
prevents our trusting Him completely. Even if the world collapses
around us, God wants us to still stay faithful and able to say,
"Though You slay me, yet will I trust You."
Overcoming faith enables us to maintain an
abandonment to God even in times of suffering. Even though
"the earth should change, and the mountains slip into the
heart of the sea," (Psa. 46:2) overcomers know they are
being held by God. Overcoming faith places its hope and
its expectation in God and God alone (Eph. 1:19-21).