|FAITH THE FOUNDATION
It’s pretty obvious that faith is a big deal in the Kingdom. In fact, before you can even come to God, you have to have faith! Hebrews 11: 6 (NKJV), “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” So how do we go about getting faith?
Romans 10:17 (NKJV) tells us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. I think that’s as good an argument as any for why we, as people of God, should be full of the word of God. It’s not for knowledge’s sake! It is so that as we fill our hearts and minds with the living word of God, we are becoming full of faith and hope in God. Reading of His faithfulness to His people, His justice and righteousness, and the works of His hand on behalf of those He loves adds fuel to the fire of our hearts, maintaining our passion for Him.
When we choose to live by faith, we prove that we are the righteous children of God. Romans 1:17 (ESV),”The righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Faith is a big deal. We’re told to be watchful and to stand firm in faith in the first book of Corinthians. (1 Corinthians 16:13) First John, in chapter 5 reminds us that it is our faith that is the victory that has overcome the world. (1 John 5:4)
Faith is imperative. It is a fundamental building block of Christianity and of our personal relationship with God the Father. However, on it’s own, faith is not enough. James writes, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” What is faith in action if not love?
Look at the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. It lists off the 16 attributes of love, 16 being the number that represents the love of God. In verse 13 it says, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Faith is the foundation that hope can be built upon, and ultimately love!
Friends, our faith in God is precious to Him! (1 Peter 1:7)
It is the doorway whereby we experience all that the Lord has for us and will accomplish through us! Jesus could confidently say that faith as a mustard seed is all that is needed, because just as a tiny mustard seed grows exponentially produces fruit, our faith increases and produces fruit that will remain. (John 4:36, John 15:16)