Faith requires action on your part. First you must declare that you believe in God and in Jesus. Salvation is a gift God freely gives, to all who repent and turn from their sins, and choose to believe in Jesus. “For by grace are ye saved through faith…” Ephesians 2:8. Faith is believing that you have something, before you see the desired result, or the thing that you are seeking. Your lifestyle should change, always striving to glorify God. Your words and your actions, should line up with what God Says, and you should no longer be led around by your sinful thoughts, desires, emotions, or feelings. Faith requires you to trade your old, sinful, worldly life, for a brand new life, glorifying and serving Jesus Christ. You show God that you believe Him by producing good fruit. Trust, acknowledge, and submit to God, and no longer lean on your own wisdom, knowledge, abilities, or understanding. See Proverbs 3:5-6. Unbelief is when you choose to deny God or Jesus. Whenever you stop fully believing in God, Jesus Christ, or in any of God’s Promises contained in God’s Word, you will cause a breach, or separation, between yourself and God, which is called sin. “…whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Romans 14:23. It is God’s Desire that you continually walk in unbroken faith, never giving any entrance to sin by doubting Him. See James 1:2-8. Many people get in trouble and pride, by choosing to rely on their own wisdom, instead of always trusting in God, and in Jesus Christ, abiding with Him. Apart from Jesus, you can do nothing. See John 15:4-10. Jesus expects that you will demonstrate your faith, by your obedience to Him. Faith is essential to pleasing God. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:1,6.
Faith is acting on God’s Word, and requires you to have knowledge of God’s Word. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17. Be careful: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6. Diligently spend time every day pursuing God, and Jesus Christ, in prayer and Bible study. If you seek after, and draw near to God, He will draw near to you. How you approach God matters. You need to treat every encounter with God with worship and with reverence. “…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts…” James 4:6-8. The Christian walk is one of faith and perseverance. Glorify God by walking in love, faithfully following after Jesus in every area of your life. Demonstrate you believe God’s Word is always true by hearing and acting on it. It is impossible for God to lie! “…hath he said, and shall he not do it?” Numbers 23:19. Show that you love and glorify God by keeping His Commandments. See John 14:15.
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