Living By Faith

Living By Faith

By Bill Vigue

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love… ”. (1 Cor 13:13)

Let us not be of the opinion that every Christian has a sufficient understanding of faith.  Few in the present-day Church are doing the things the believers did in the Book of Acts.  Therefore the argument that the issue of faith is overemphasized is erroneous.

Apostle Paul cited three great virtues that keeps Christians going; faith, hope and love.  He held them up as the most fundamental components for doing God’s Will.  These are necessary virtues if we are going to flow with the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

Think of faith, hope and love as three log in a fire.  Think of them as the fuel for God’s fire.  A good fire requires items bundled to together so they can feed off each other.  In the mind and Will of God, faith, hope and love feed off each other to make us burn brighter and reproduce God’s manifested power.

For instance, the scripture says:  “faith is the substance of things hoped for.” Without hope faith does not come alive in us.  Then too, the scripture says that “faith works by love”.  Without love, godly faith, faith that is in line with God’s perfect Will, does not work.  All too often we see people using their faith for their selfish desires and that is contrary to God’s love.

It is important to understand how a good fire needs the other logs to heat and kindle each other.  In that sense, without hope, faith has no premise.  Without love, faith will go off course, lusting greedily to obtain things contrary to the perfect Will of God.

It is best to understand how faith, hope and love work together in producing the Will of God in our lives.  Possibly, the failure to understand that they work together is why there is so much confusion about faith teaching.

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.””  (Rom 1:17)

Four times in scripture it is stated that “the just (or justified) shall live by faith”.  Three times the New Testament tells us; “The just shall live by faith“.  Faith is important!  Faith is our access to God and all His promises.

To understand this declaration from God we need to know what it means to live by faith.  Living by faith does not mean we are to accept whatever circumstances are dished out in life.  Many think that.  I like to say it this way; “the just shall rise to the occasion“.

The examples God gave us of people who lived by faith are illustrated in the eleventh chapter of the Book of Hebrews.  It shows us a people who did not accept what happened to them in their lives.  God honored those people because they honored Him through their display of believing what God said.  Their examples of faith pleased God (Heb 11:6) by their actions.  Those justified by faith don’t let the circumstances dictate their lives, they use God’s Word to change things.  (Those who are justified by faith don’t let the circumstances dictate their lives, they use God’s Word to change things.?)  All of those listed as examples to us of living by faith pressed past the obstacles.

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