The First Actions of Faith

faith bannerOver the past 4 posts, we have defined faith, seen how it can be a shield for us against the attacks of the enemy, and examined the evidence for believing in God’s Word.

So what faith really comes down to this:

  • Is God trustworthy?
  • Can I really trust God?
  • Is He really who He says He is?
  • Will He really do what He says He’ll do?

I love Psalm 33:4 – it says, “The word of the Lord is faithful and true.  Everything the Lord does is worthy of our trust.”

Let’s look at 1 John 5:4-5 together – “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.  And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”

If you have never responded in faith that Jesus is the Son of God, that He loves you, He came for you, died for you, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven because of His immense love for you – if you have never responded in faith to this Jesus, you can do that right now!

There may be some reading this whom have never fully entrusted your lives to Jesus.  You can feel the Lord Jesus drawing you to fully place your faith in Him.  I implore you to it!  Don’t delay!

You can turn away from a life of distrusting Jesus, and you can turn toward a life of faith in Jesus.  This is called repentance, and it is the first step in a life of salvation in Christ.

He is inviting you into this life with Him!  He made the way for you.  He came for you, out of the immense love in His heart for you.  If you have never done so, I plead with you to turn to Jesus in faith today!

Remember, faith is active.  And the first actions of faith are these:

  • Turn away from living your life as if God’s Presence and promises are not real.
  • Tell Jesus you trust in Him and in His gracious redemption of your life.
  • And then tell somebody else who loves you about your new decision to turn to faith in Jesus.

faith MLKJTurning from a life lived apart from faith in Jesus and toward a life of believing He is who the Bible says He is – that’s just the beginning!  That’s just the first step.

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Once you have made that decision to turn in faith toward Jesus, your next step is to begin following Jesus on a lifelong journey of transformation through ever-increasing faith in Him.

So how can you increase our faith?

  • Increase your faith by spending regular time talking to God, and listening to what He wants to say back to you through His Word, the Bible.
  • Increase your faith by talking about what you are reading in the Bible with other believers.
  • Increase your faith by obeying the commands in His Word.
  • Increase your faith by acting on what you sense He is specifically directing you to do in your own life.  When in doubt, compare it to His Word and to the wise counsel of other Christ-following mentors.

rope walkerFaith is a muscle.  Like so many other aspects of the Christian life, faith grows as we exercise it – just like a muscle.  And it atrophies when we do not use it – just like a muscle.  How do you exercise your faith?  “Do the next right thing you know you ought to do.” –Dallas Willard

If you made a decision today to put your faith in Jesus, tell someone!  Tell someone you trust who loves you.  And start reading the Book of John or Mark in the New Testament.

If you had another significant moment while reading this, if God is speaking to you, or leading you, or working in you in some way, I encourage you to talk about it with someone you trust who loves you.

Your local church is here for you.  Your Christian friend at work would love to hear about this.  Or you may want to talk with another close friend about it.  Or you may have a pastor or Christian mentor back home with whom you can process through these things together.  I encourage you to do it!  Don’t allow this significant moment to pass away without discussing it with someone who can affirm you, and confirm the truths God is working in you.

1 Peter 1:8-9“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

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