How does faith work?

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The Bible gives us the definition of faith, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In other words: Faith is an inward operation of that divine power that dwells in our hearts and can lay hold of things not seen. For “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). The believer will not live by reliance on his own works and merit but by trust and faith in God.

One day, Jesus was looking for the fruit on the tree. He found nothing but leaves. So, He said to this tree: “let no one eat fruit from you ever again (Mark 11:13,14).  The next morning as they passed the same place, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots(vs.20). There are millions of Christians that resemble that tree. They act like Christians but without fruit. God wants our fruits.  We cannot idle in faith and be like ordinary people. “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

Faith is always active and yields fruit. It is the power of God working in us. Jesus said, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:8). Glory comes to God when His divine image is reflected in the lives of His children. The devil claims that the requirements of God are too hard that people cannot overcome sin (Romans 8:37). But through faith the believer receives all the grace necessary to win the battle with sin. Thus, the character of God is vindicated when men, through God’s grace, become partakers of the divine nature (Matthew 5:16).

Jesus said to His disciples, “If you will believe in your hearts, not only will the tree wither, but the mountains also will be removed” (Matt. 21:21). The mountains of difficulty, the mountains of sin, the mountain of depravity. God wants to purify our lives until we can bear all things, believe all things hope all things and endure all things (1 Cor. 13:7).

Finally, Jesus assured us saying: “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24). As the believers cooperate with Heaven, they can rest assured that the boundless resources of God are at their disposal. God would supply their every need and honor their prayers before the throne in the name of Jesus (John 14:13).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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