In the previous blog post I started to think about the situations we sometimes find ourselves in, when we know what the Word says, but yet we feel helpless in our situation. We have the knowledge, but we need to make the knowledge, our faith and what we believe in. And then we need to go over into action – live in our faith. Thus far we have discussed knowledge and the importance of it. The knowledge that God wants us to have is knowledge of Him.
This blog will focus on faith. Getting to believe in the knowledge that we have of God.
The definition of faith according to the internet is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something, strong belief, spiritual conviction. Therefore there is no doubt in faith.
The definition in the Bible for faith can be found in Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NKJV)
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” (AMP)
The way the Amplified describes faith needs no further explanation. Faith is beyond the worldly ways and things of this world. There are no divine guarantees in the world, not without T’s and C’s. We are over stimulated by the things of the world, keeping our senses so busy in order to keep us from experiencing the things that we cannot see or physically experience – keeping us away from God. God wants us to have knowledge of Him and then get to the point of total conviction of Him and His promises – the things we cannot see yet, and know is true.
2 Corinthians 5:7
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (NKJV)
“For we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]” (AMP)
When we walk by sight, we are stimulated and influenced by what we see and what is around us – our situations, people, negativity, bad news, disappointment, the list goes on and on. It influences our decision-making and the way we react. What we see, becomes what we think about. We start to think about the helplessness of the situation we find ourselves in, we constantly think about how bad it is, as this is all we see. Then our thoughts become our words, what we talk about with other people, we tell ourselves and others how bad it is. We speak the negativity of what we see and think over our own lives and others. What we talk about then become our actions and we start to act in this way. We react in worldly ways and we start to live our lives this way – hopeless. Our action then become such a big part of us that we not only see the hopeless, think the hopeless and act and react hopeless we become hopeless. The evil cycle of living by sight is overwhelming, and the more overwhelmed we are with what is going on around us, the more we are affected by it – seeing, thinking, speaking, doing, becoming…
But when we walk by faith things are different. We believe in the knowledge we have about God. We have complete trust in God and we are convinced of His Word. We think about God, His heart for us, the promises He has given us and the life He has planned for us. We pray about these things, we talk to God all the time. Our thoughts get infused with His Word. We start to speak truth and life – because truth and life is what we are thinking about. The truth we speak over our lives and over other lives, become part of the way we react. Praying rather than complaining, blessing rather than cursing, giving thanks rather than taking. We start to live our lives according to the perfect example we have in Jesus. And as we have faith in what we cannot see, we give our thoughts over to God, we speak life, we live our lives according to Jesus’ example and then we start to see – we see God’s plan materialise, we see His hand in the creation and in our lives, our family and friends. We do not believe and have faith because we see – we see because we believe and have faith!
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, we get to know God by spending time in the Word and having an intimate relationship with God, and that is how we gain knowledge of Him. So if we just rephrase the verse above. By spending time in the Word of God, we get to know Him better and by getting to know Him better comes faith.