Faith is the foundation of your life in Christ. The eternal spirit within you bore witness that Jesus Christ is Lord and from there, you were launched into a life of faith- believing in the impossible and keeping your eyes on the One who is invisible! (1 John 5:10-12) You know that, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) But of course there’s more! You’ll need faith for every, single, tiny thing you’ll ever face in your life from the moment of your salvation until the day you die. That’s because you are a spiritual being having an earthly experience and the natural man wants to be in control, but when you got saved, you gave God control and thus the battles rage!
Faith is a multi-faceted and complex state of being for all of us – even an atheist whose faith is in themselves. If you have faith for anything, you will be able to prove it. In fact, many think faith can’t be proven because it’s something that lives on the inside, within the spirit, but that is only one small component. Actually, James said this, “What does it profit, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has no works? Can faith save him? …Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:14-16) The kind of “works” James spoke of are only one kind of “works” that prove you have faith, but your “works” prove that what you say you believe is something that is actually true.
The actions of faith prove that you possess something that every, single natural experience you can taste, touch, see, feel and hear in your life “proves” you don’t have.
When it comes to living the life of faith, can you prove that you have joy? Can you prove that you have peace? Can you prove that you have patience? Maybe in seasons of joy you can prove you have it, but can you prove you have joy when you’re struggling with grief or depression or anger? In seasons of turmoil, anxiety, upheaval or fear, devastation or pain, can you prove you have peace? When you’re waiting on God for a miracle in your life, or when you have a desperately deep desire of your heart you’re clinging to, or when you’re barely holding on and crying out to God for help – can you prove you have patience? When you’re struggling with sin, can you prove that you’re righteous? YES YOU CAN. But how??
The actions of faith prove that you possess something that every, single natural experience you can taste, touch, see, feel and hear in your life “proves” you don’t have. The life of a Christian is a spiritual existence that defines the natural experience. You know that we walk by faith and not by what we see or feel (Romans 8:4 & 2 Corinthians 5:7), but I want to challenge you to walk by what you do not see or feel. If you do not see or feel peace in your life – walk in it! If you do not see or feel joy in your heart – walk in joy! If you do not see or feel love – walk in it! If you do not see patience – walk in it. BUT HOW?! Remember that “faith without works is dead.” Your actions prove that what you do not see in your life, or feel in your heart, is real.
Thought for today
No one ever said this would be easy… quite the opposite! Even battles in the natural world are filled with gore, blood, pain, screaming, anguish, terrors, violence, wounds, and death. Why would you ever think fighting the flesh and battling Satan would be any different. HE IS FIGHTING TO THE DEATH SO YOU MUST TOO. He wants to kill your joy, rob your peace, and steal your patience – and more. To win, you must crucify your own flesh to the death!! There is no excuse for a person of faith to lose any battle unless you give up and give in. If you have faith that the battle has already been won, then prove it. Live your life in such a way that your faith is accused of being crazy and unrealistic! It’s not fake. IT IS FAITH. Before you fight Satan, you’re going to have to fight yourself – your anxiety, your anger, your exhaustion, your frustration, your grieve, your grievances, your justifications, your victimization, your poverty mindset, your past, your dying hopes and dreams. You are your own worst enemy, it’s true, and Satan will exploit every one of your weakness for as long has he has your permission. HEADS UP: You will not always feel peace, joy, love, patience or anything else – but you do have it. Don’t be tricked into thinking you don’t. The life of faith is crazy, opposite and contrary to anything you feel right now. God is good. It will get better. His plan is still in place. How will it all work out? I DON’T KNOW. But if you have faith in God that His promises are true then act like it!
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