Writing about faith has been on my heart for some time now. After reading several Facebook statuses, listening to challenges, and speaking with individuals, I came to the realization that faith is misunderstood. Not only that, it seems that people that claim faith demonstrate a lack of power. I decided to write a series expounding on the power of which faith is only a part.
Faith, is the first in this power series because it activates everything else. Faith begins the discussion of power especially for those who feel powerless and without resource or support. My hope is to enlighten YOU such that you can maintain success in your faith journey.
What is Faith?
You can understand faith in a number of ways. I think of faith as energy. In order to use this energy, you must move. You cannot continue to respect the faith, value the faith, and honor the faith if you do not ACT on the faith. Without action, you reveal that you do not actually respect, value, or honor faith.
The power of faith is straight forward: belief AND action. Faith calls you to serve what you believe. Your everyday actions define where your faith lies.
Let me attempt to give you another definition. The basic meaning of faith is the belief or trust without evidence that you can touch. I realize there are other definitions, but they all share belief in something unseen.
We all have faith in something, no argument there. It could be material things, people, God, or something else. Have faith? No problem. Have faith with no evidence that you have it. Now, there is a problem.
In the King James Version of the Bible, Hebrews 11:1 states,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
This is a popular biblical scripture. It is saying that your belief is not dependent on what you see. You will have what you want because your actions are consistent with having it even if you do not have it right now.
Having this ability is powerful! That means if you are sick and you hope to be well, you can work out healing. Even for those who do not profess a religious worldview, faith works the same way. The results come from what you believe AND actively choose every day through your behavior.
How Faith Works
Faith alone yields no power. It must co-exist with something that activates it. Work activates the energy of faith. Simply said, acting on what you believe is how faith works. Like I stated before, this is powerful stuff!
So why do so many live powerless lives while professing their faith? The work part is missing. While they are believing they are not demonstrating with their actions, behaviors, or works. Think of how confusing this must be if you were the person someone said they had faith in. You told them, for example “I will get you food.” With their mouth they say they believe in you, but their actions demonstrate disbelief. They start begging around for food, or they sit and pout about how they really need food. They complain that no one is there to give food to them. If they really believed, they could busy themselves with something else assured that the food was coming.
Faith means that you are not worried or fretting because you cannot see evidence with the naked eye. Two biblical scriptures come to mind, 2 Corinthians 5:7: We live by faith and not by sight, and James 2:14-26: Faith without works is dead. These scriptures instruct you in your walk of faith. If you do not believe with your actions, they are merely words on paper.
I hope you have gleaned some insight into what faith, the first ability in the power series. We all want understanding, utility, and benefit from the power available to us. It simply cannot happen if you practice worry, especially after you profess to believe. Living a life of faith is living a life prepared for results even while those results are unseen.
[Taunya is nurse, author, and a two year homeschool veteran. She is currently working on two books, the 3rd in the Brady Boe series, and a writing challenge novel entitled, Take Me Off the List. Find her author page at facebook.com/authorTSW]