Giving Life to Your Faith
“I am willing be cleansed” (Matthew 8:3)
“Go your way: and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” (Matthew 8:13)
“Daughter, be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8: 48)
“According to your faith, let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29)
“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” (Matthew 15: 28)
“Be quiet, and come out of him.” (Mark 1: 25)
“Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” (Luke 13: 12)
“Go show yourself to the priest.” (Luke 17:14)
“Go your way, your son lives.” (John 4:50)
“Rise, take up your bed and walk.”(John 5:8)
“Go; wash in the pool of Siloam.” (John 9:7)
“Little girl, arise.” (Luke 8:54)
“Young man, I say to you arise.” (Luke 7:14)
“Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43)
The above words were spoken by Jesus when he healed the sick, rebuked demons or raised the dead. Before these miracles could occur faith was demonstrated, followed by the spoken words of Jesus Christ and the application of his hands; and obedience to his words.
When these miracles are closely examined it revealed that even though faith was a motivating factor it did operate on its own. Something else was required in order to make faith come alive. What is this important factor?
Definition of Faith
The Webster dictionary defines faith as a strong belief or trust in someone or something. The bible gives a deeper meaning of faith which says; “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
So according to both definitions, faith is the complete trust in something or someone that cannot be seen. It therefore requires faith to believe in God because we cannot see God.
Likewise it also requires faith to believe that you are physically healthy when in fact your body is riddled with a disease.
There are many people who are sick and are believing God for their healing. Some have received their healing while others have not. Why is this so? Some people will say that those who have not been healed are due to their lack of faith or their faith is not strong enough. Is this theory really truthful?
The bible tells us that all of us have been given a measure of faith and this measure is as small as a mustard seed. This ‘little faith’ as Jesus called it, is enough to remove mountains.
Therefore none of our faith is greater than the other person since we all have equal amount of faith. It therefore tells me that it is how each of us uses our ‘little faith’ that will make it effective.
Even though our faith is tiny we can make it do great things when we give it life. How can we give life to our faith?
Giving Life To Your Faith
According to James 2:20, faith without works is dead. Therefore in order to make your faith come alive you have to accompany it with works. In order to understand the type of works that need to accompany faith we have to return to the beginning of creation.
God created the heaven and the earth in the spiritual realm first (Genesis 1:1). He could not see them but he believed that they were there. This was faith. So each divine day, the Lord spoke or called forth the physical elements of the heaven and earth into existence. (Genesis 1:3-25). He spoke and they appeared.
Thus his spoken words were the application of works to his faith which caused his faith to come alive and the miracle of the heaven and earth appeared.
Similarly on the sixth divine day, God created, in the spiritual realm, male and female in his image and likeness and gave them authority and dominion over the earth. (Genesis 1:26-31). He could not see them but he knew they existed. Once gain faith is demonstrated.
Afterwards the great God Almighty humbled himself and came down to earth and bent down on the ground. Then with his two hands he formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). This was the application of works to allow his faith to come alive.
Therefore this is the great example that God has set for us to follow. God knew that our faith is not strong enough to accomplish anything so he made it easier for us.
The Lord guaranteed our healing in the spiritual realm in the Garden of Eden (faith) and it was further assured with works at the cross of Calvary. (Genesis 3: 15; Matthew 27:46 – 55)
Application of Faith in your Life
Even though your faith is as small as a mustard seed, it can accomplish great things when it is accompanied by the spoken word of God. For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God so speak the word of God over your life. Faith must also be accompanied by humility and obedience to God.
Finally apply your faith physically with your hands by anointing yourself with oil; exercising healthy habits and obeying the doctor’s advice.
It is also important that you fast from all selfish desires by giving to the needy, sharing your bread with the hungry, clothing the naked, releasing the bonds of wickedness, undoing the heavy burdens, freeing the oppressed and breaking every yolk.
All of these things are classified as works and they must accompany your ‘little faith’ in order to make it come alive and achieve miracles because faith without works is dead.
‘But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works.’ (James 2:18 NKJV)
Additional references: Matthew 17: 20; Romans 10:17; Matthew 8:26; Matthew 13:31-32; Isaiah 58: 1-9
Let’s talk it over
Was there ever a time that you were believing for a particular thing to happen in your life and just when you were about to give up, not only did it work out but it worked out even better than you had imagined?
Can you recall ever being sick, you got medication but in the end you realized that only faith in the Divine could have made you whole again?
Thanks in advance for your participation.
Thank you for that valuable comment because many people might not understand the definition of ‘works’ in the above post. Works is simple speaking the word of God over your life. We all know that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Whatever you speak will come to pass. If you only speak negative things over your life, how will you achieve success?
Faith is not a math formula it is just simple believing God while you speak God’s positive words over your life. Also if you are diagnosed with an illness, it is foolish to to say God will heal me and then refuse to visit the doctor.
Visiting the doctor and obeying his order is also ‘works.’
Many of us who are going through trials tend to fast and pray to receive deliverance. There are different types of fast. Fasting is abstinence of food but it is also abstinence of selfish desires and helping the needy (Isaiah 58). Praying and fasting are also classified as ‘works.’
Base on the above definition of works you will note that most Christians if not all of us automatically practice works along with our faith. It is not something that needs to be calculated.
I hope this will clear up any misunderstanding and feel free to return with further questions. Every opinion is valuable to us and that is what the Lord wants from us.
I don’t want to be disagreeable, because I think you’re making some great points here. My one fear is whether someone might get the impression that faith is like a math formula; add a proper amount of faith to a proper amount of works and you will see the desired result every time.
If that’s the case, then I can (and should) go into a third world country and tell them the error of their ways. Their desperate situations would be resolved if only they’d get their faith and works right. Because (it seems to be implied) if you do that, you will see the results you’re seeking.
I don’t think it works quite that way, quite so neat and tidy, quite so objective and measurable. Because if it did, it would be like a chemical reaction, a known phenomenon that happens exactly the same way every single time. And then there wouldn’t be much faith to the whole thing.
I hope you don’t mind my 2 cents.
A warm welcome is extended to you to my blog. I do appreciate having you here and to give your feedback. I believe wherever the Spirit of God is, there is liberty. That said, there is freedom to express ourselves on EMB in a respectful manner and to have positive, healthy dialogue. No need to feel that you are being disagreeable. 🙂
Your point is taken about how we bring faith across, especially to the ones who are not as spiritually matured as others. The truth is though, we grow from faith to faith – it’s a journey and we grow stronger in each day.
I am sure Beverley will have more to say on this. Thanks for your valuable input to this discussion. God bless you and hope that you come again. Have a wonderful day Cheers! 🙂
Thank you Emmanuel your words of encouragement. Most times we are like Thomas we can only believe when we see the literal evidence but the the bible clearly states that without faith it is impossible to please God. He will test our trust in him by showing us our future in the spiritual realm so we will have to believe by faith until it come to pass.
This is the similar situation that occurred with Abraham. God told him that he will make him a father of many nations but his wife was barren. The bible said that Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.
So our faith in God will be accounted unto us for righteousness. As I pen these words I am encouraging myself because I am believing God for many things that he promised me. They are still in the spiritual realm but I know that they will come to pass.
Even though you and I do not have a penny in our pocket we are tremendously blessed because we have an anchor in God that we can rely on. This is my definition of success. So thank you once more Emmanuel and do continue to return to this blog and continue to share it with your friends and family. May God bless you richly.
Hello Madam Beverely,
It is nice seeing you on Madam Yvonne’s blog and it is one blog I always find myself on anytime I feel down and as always, I find myself uplifted.
Jesus of course made it emphatically clear that we could move mountains even if we had faith as small as the mustard seed but the issue which arises is the fact we always intend to look at things at the face level ignoring what the Bible’s says.
We find it difficult to trust God for money when there is no money in our pockets. How is that the case. People always see me smiling even when there is no penny in my pocket. My internet subscription for instance expires tomorrow and there is no money for renewal but I have faith in the Lord and know there is going to be a miracle in no time. He is a God of SERENDIPITY.
Thanks for this lovely message of yours and do have a great week!
Thank you Mrs. Baird for your support. Faith is indeed the vehicle to your miracles but sometimes we forget to accompany it with works.
I am currently believing God for so many things that he promised me. I have not seen them in the physical but I know they exist in the spiritual. While I am waiting on God to see the manifestation of his promises I am obeying his words and I am fasting the fast of Isaiah 58. These give me strength each day. May God bless you.
I usually say ….”faith is the vehicle which takes you to the miracle.” I have used this “vehicle” many times and my faith in Jehovah God has proved that He is indeed who he says he is. Great post Mrs B.