Putting Faith To Work

I want to encourage you to put your faith to work. The bible teaches us that God gave us the faith to believe when we were first saved.

We have all been given a measure of faith and God wants us to use this faith to fulfil the plans and purposes He has created us for (Romans 12:3)

As His people, we are given this faith to enable us to live by faith and not by sight (2Cor 5:7) I want to challenge you to put your faith to work and believe God to do all He promised in His word.
Mark 5:24-29, In this story – Why is this woman a role model of having faith? She was still able to put her faith to work by acting in faith, despite suffering the same ailment for twelve long years and seeing no improvement from spending all her money on various treatments.

She was physically weak and there was a huge crowd surrounding Jesus, yet she still had the strength to push her way through to touch the hem of Jesus’ garments. Considering her predicament, — it would make sense to give up and not see any reason to hope that things would change for the better. Some of us have not been in a difficult situation nearly as long, yet we have lost hope and stopped believing God for a turnaround. Jesus made reference that it was her faith that healed her (Mark 5:34). This suggests that her issue of blood was not the core issue; rather, it was whether or not she would still believe and put her faith to work. The moment she put her faith, to work by acting on what she believed, her life changed for good.

Here are 5 practical ways that will help you and I put your (our) faith to work.

1. Read the word — Reading of the scriptures help to put our faith to work… The bible is not made for the shelves of our homes, it is for our consumption — just like the way we consume food — we need to consume God’s word — so that our Faith will be productive and active (Romans 15:5). Everything starts with the word.
As you and I read the word, — which is the scripture — it encourages me and you and gives us hope of a different life and future.

2. Think the word — means pounder on it, chewing it, roll on it, view it in your thinking, imaging it, meditating it (Josh 1:8 )
Just reading the word is not enough, God instructed Joshua to read and mediate on it.
Meditation is the act of chewing over a thought in much the same way as a cow chews the cud.
As I and you meditate on the word of God — you and I start to imagine what my (your) life could become — Similar to the person who thinks about how they might look in a particular outfit
When you and I meditate on the word, I see myself in the fulfilment of the promise that I am considering.

3. Speaking the word — (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 10:23) saying and declare what the word of God says… the woman says if I May touch the hem of His garment I will be made whole… she keeps saying, the more she says it the more her faith increases and get more strength… you must keep saying it. Faith has a language, and it is the language of the word. God wants us (me and you) to speak the things He says about me and not the circumstances I find myself in.

Faith stops declaring or complaining about what is happening and starts declaring what the word of God says.
We need to hold fast to our confession because the devil will do all he can to cause you to speak doubt and unbelief.
Hold fast to your confession, God is good, He will turn all things to good and goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life.

4. Do it. Act on the word — (Hebrews 8:17) means – carry it out… if you say you believe that the word will do it. “By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going”. By caring out – doing it what God asked him to do.

The Bible says — in Jam 2:26, “for as the body without the Spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.”

The works of faith involve acting on the word we are trusting. For Abraham, he had a word and then acting on it by leaving his homeland and simply following the call. As you and I start to live by faith, you and I will be stretched to do what the bible tells us to do. As you take the next step of faith, you will find that your Red Sea will open.

5. Stand on the word — (Romans 4:18) means to hold on to the word of assurance God has given you. Standing on the word involves maintaining a position in God until what you are believing God to do manifests in your life. In Abraham’s case he had come to the position where he believed he was to become the father of many nations as he had been told. Despite all the natural circumstances telling him there was just no way Sarah was going to get pregnant, he changed his name to “father of a multitude” and believed until what God had promised came to pass. If God has promised it in His word, He is looking for us to simply believe Him with childlike faith.

I want to end by encouraging you and I, from the book of Joshua 21:45 “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
If God did all He promised for the children of Israel, then He will do all that He has promised you!