Faith is the substance of things hoped for. It is the evidence of things not seen. As Believers we are familiar with this Scripture of Hebrews 11:1; we know our faith is meant to be in God. Yet, with faith hinging on the unseen, sometimes it is not easy for us to stand in faith. At times we have to remind ourselves through God’s Word, His promises, exactly why we ought to have faith in God.
Join us as we explore not only why faith in God is important, but also the promises attached to having and maintaining that precious faith.
Faith in God and Our Salvation
“For by grace you have been saved by faith. Nothing you did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the love gift from God that brought us to Christ!”—Ephesians 2:8 (TPT)
Faith saves us. However, it is by the grace of God that this is not only an option, but one that we—through our Great God—can actually walk out.
As Believers we know that faith is important and connects to our salvation, yet, few of us understand all of the promises that come with faith in God… or how it can affect our day-to-day lives.
Promises of Faith! What are They?
“For you are reaping the harvest of your faith—the full salvation promised you—your souls’ victory!”—1 Peter 1:9 (TPT)
Faith connects firmly to salvation, but do we realize that faith also connects with things like the fulfillment of hope, endurance, and righteousness? Certainly, faith in God is its own reward because it changes the way we see things, draws us nearer to God, and of course, brings salvation… but God desires to bless us above this. To bless our faith in Him!
That is why… Faith in God brings:
- The Promise of the Life of Christ
“Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.”—Ephesians 3:17 (TPT)
- The Promise of Hope Made Reality
“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.”—Hebrews 11:1 (TPT)
- The Promise of Eternal Life
“God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.”—John 3:16 (CEV)
- The Promise of Authority
“Faith in Jesus’ name has healed this man standing before you. It is the faith that comes through believing in Jesus’ name that has made the crippled man walk right in front of your eyes!”—Acts 3:16 (TPT)
“Jesus replied, ‘Listen to the truth. If you do not doubt God’s power and speak out of faith’s fullness, you can also speak to a tree and it will wither away. Even more than that, you could say to this mountain, “Be lifted up and be thrown into the sea” and it will be done.’”—Matthew 21:21 (TPT)
“…I promise you, if you have faith inside of you no bigger than the size of a small mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move away from here and go over there,’ and you will see it move! There is nothing you couldn’t do!”—Matthew 17:20 (TPT)
“Through faith’s power they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality! It was faith that shut the mouth of lions, put out the power of raging fire, and caused many to escape certain death by the sword… Faith-filled women saw their dead children raised in resurrection power…”—Hebrews 11:33-35 (TPT)
“Jesus responded, ‘If you have even the smallest measure of faith, it would be powerful enough to say to this large tree, “My faith will pull you up by the roots and throw you into the sea,” and it will respond to your faith and obey you.’”—Luke 17:6 (TPT)
- The Promise of Righteousness
“…no one receives God’s perfect righteousness as a reward for keeping the law, but only by the faith of Jesus, the Messiah! His faithfulness has saved us, and we have received God’s perfect righteousness. Now we know that God accepts no one by the keeping of religious laws!”—Galatians 2:16 (TPT)
“…Because Abraham believed God’s words, his faith transferred God’s righteousness into his account.”—Romans 4:3 (TPT)
“And the Scripture prophesied that on the basis of faith God would declare gentiles to be righteous. God announced the good news ahead of time to Abraham: ‘Through your example of faith, all the nations will be blessed!’”—Galatians 3:8 (TPT)
- The Promise of Endurance
“For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance.”—James 1:3 (TPT)
“…it was faith that enabled others to endure great atrocities…”—Hebrews 11:35 (TPT)
“Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith. For you know that your believing brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the same kinds of troubles you endure.”—1 Peter 5:8-9 (TPT)
- The Promise of Strength
“…Although weak, their faith imparted power to make them strong!…”—Hebrews 11:34 (TPT)
- The Promise of Courage
“…Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array.”—Hebrews 11:34 (TPT)
- The Promise of Speaking Out Our Faith
“We have the same Spirit of faith that is described in the Scriptures when it says, ‘First I believed, then I spoke in faith.’ So we also first believe then speak in faith.”—2 Corinthians 4:13 (TPT)
Each of these promises connects to true faith in God; faith that is made manifest in the attitude of our hearts, in our actions, in our thoughts, and in our words. Our God is good. He desires good things for us. And while He blesses even during times when our faith wanes or even before it was first found… we were created to be a people of faith. We were created by our God and therefore ought to have faith in that very same God; the ONE True God who never changes.
“Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever.”—Hebrews 13:8 (CJB)
Welcoming Faith in Our Hearts
The importance of faith in God is evident in everything we have explored. As Believers we are meant to be a people of faith; able to receive faith’s promises. Not just having faith in our hearts, but acting upon that faith… so that it is then able to bear good fruit.
“…faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”—James 2:17-18
“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”—James 2:20
It is faith in God combined with action that gives faith its full expression. That allows the fulfillment of hope, miracles, and so much more!
“Can’t you see how his action cooperated with his faith and by his action faith found its full expression?”—James 2:22 (TPT)
We, as Believers and children of God, were made by God to be a people of faith. To be a people who love the Lord, unashamed to reveal this as we walk out our faith…
The time has come for God’s people to walk in a bold faith! Let us therefore ask the Lord to grow our faith; let us demonstrate our faith in action; and let us welcome the faith in God that brings salvation and promise!
“If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!”—James 1:12 (TPT)