A Faith Activated Life
Christianity is activated by faith. By faith we understand that God created the universe out of nothing (Hebrews 11:3). Through Jesus we have gained access to the grace by faith (Romans 5:2). And, the life we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how Christians should approach all that is going on in the world and how we can align ourselves to God’s will. The more I think about it, I’m convinced that whatever God leads us to do, it will stretch our faith.
Abraham’s Life was an Adventure of Faith
God rarely leads us to things that make “sense” to our minds. Logically, it did not make sense for Abram to uproot his life to do a restart in a brand new land. There was no guarantee that he would find land with water on it and welcoming neighbors. He only had a promise from a God that nobody around him knew.
This is not to mention the belief that he was to have a son in his old age. Living a life by faith will encourage other people to think you are crazy. But, it was Abraham’s faith that earned him righteousness. God spoke, and he believed. And now, we too live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Faith Will Challenge Your Doubts
Faith is letting go and trusting that God will catch you. All of your safety measures will be removed. There will be no more backup plans. A life of faith will push you to the point of questioning all that you know and believe.
- Will God always provide?
- Will He protect me from harm?
- How can a good God allow this to happen?
- Is God’s plan for my life good?
- Will He come through this time?
- Why is this happening when I laid so much down for Him?
When you have an adventure of faith, the only assurance you have is the goodness of God. The circumstances you face are to be brought before God for His interpretation. Your expectations of how life should be need to be reevaluated with every turn.
An Adventure of Faith Will Risks
I have heard it said that faith is spelled, “R-I-S-K.” Faith takes us out of comfort zone to make us trust God. God like to do what only He can do, and He searching for people how will believe Him for it (2 Chronicles 16:9 & Luke 18:8). As followers of Christ, our lives are to be positioned for God to intervene.
What will this look like for you? That really is up to your relationship with God. What is He telling you? What is He gravitating your heart towards?
There is so much going on today, and many of you are eager for God to intervene. I think God is waiting for one of His on to be that lightning rod for His power to act.
Jesus Could Not Do Any Miracles There
When Jesus was in His hometown, the Bible claims He could not do any miracles there because of their lack of faith (Matthew 13:58). Could this be true in the community you are in? How can you increase the faith of those around us?
This comes to the point of what I want to say. If want to see a revival to come to our area, we will need to increase the levels of faith of those around us. If others are to grow in their faith, they will need to have someone lead the way. Therefore, if we want to see God invade our communities and/or nations, we need to live our lives embodied by faith.
What Will Your Adventure of Faith Look Like?
This means we will make decisions that without God it would make no sense. It could be giving up a good job, moving your family to an uncomfortable place, gifting something valuable to someone else, or being willing to have hard conversations. You may feel lead to pray for the impossible or forgive someone who has hurt you greatly.
Some of the decisions will be done privately where only your spouse and kids will know about. Others will stretch you to tell others before God has even come through. The only pattern to this lifestyle is following the Spirit’s leading. You may get it wrong at times, but our trust is in God’s protection, provision, and leading… not in our ability to get it right.
Go reach your world for Christ. Make it known that we serve a God that loves us and wants to be involved in our lives.