5 Benefits Of Faith
The Bible says that without faith we cannot please God. I’m pretty sure that you want to please God, and I know that I do as well. Sometimes it’s hard to have faith especially when we have been believing that God would come through, but it seems like it's taking so long.
The key is to hold on and never give up because the Word of God says that we should not get weary in well doing because we will reap if we don’t give up. Well, if that’s what God is telling us to do, then I believe it.
So for those days when you feel close to giving up here are 5 benefits of faith that can benefit you naturally as well as spiritually for you to hold on to.
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Benefits Of Faith In God
I know, that there are countless benefits to faith in God, but I wanted to give you just a few that you could keep close for those times when you feel a little down and just need to be encouraged.
Study Bible Used - New Living Translation Daily Application Study Bible
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
I’m using the NLT Study Bible and it didn’t use the word Faith, however, it used believed which is the same thing as faith. Because of your faith, you believe that when you repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your heart, you are saved. It’s nothing tangible that you can see, but you believe it in your heart.
As a result of your salvation, you are now a child of God and receive all the benefits of a child of God according to the Bible. Most importantly you now have eternal life.
God Gives You Strength - Helps You To Remain Strong
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
When you put your faith in God you believe and know according to His Word that He will never leave you or forsake you. That alone is enough to keep you strong. He told us in his Word not to be afraid or discouraged.
God gives you strength, He said that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. God knew that these were feelings that we would have throughout our lives, but we don’t have to give in to these feelings because He is with us and He is our God.
When that feeling of discouragement comes from the enemy, if your faith is fully in the Lord, you can tell the enemy to get lost because you are holding on to God’s Word. It’s so empowering to use the Word of God against satan because there is nothing that he can say or do to override the Word of God. That is a benefit of faith in God.
My favorite thing to say to the devil is shut up and leave because you know when there is a thought in your mind that comes from him and I don’t entertain his thoughts anymore, I say his thoughts because they are not my own I refuse to own them.
I remember when satan would put a negative thought in my mind and I would dwell on it and think about it all day and it would have an effect on my mood and is cause me to be weak in my faith because I was listening to the enemy.
I don’t do that anymore, it doesn’t matter where I am as soon as those thoughts enter my mind, I immediately tell him to shut up and leave, if I am in public I say it under my breath, saying it in my mind doesn’t help because satan cannot read my mind, I have to say it out loud so that he can hear it.
Faith Requires Action So It Gets Us To Act
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith requires action and when you have faith in God you are required to move and take a step of faith. I have given this example before…let’s say you need a job and you have prayed and you are believing that God is going to provide you with a job, but you are not looking for one.
That would mean that you are expecting God to provide you with a job without doing your part of looking for one. That doesn’t work.
If you truly need a job, then you will do what is needed like sending out your resume or filling out applications, and calling companies to see if they are hiring. At that point you can say a prayer, Lord I have done my part please have someone call me for an interview and you would have faith that you will receive that call or email.
Once you receive the request for an interview, you are still required to prepare for that interview. It would be irresponsible to believe that since God provided you with the opportunity for the interview that you didn’t have to do your part to prepare. Once you prepare and go into the interview after you can then ask for the favor of God for you to receive the job.
You can see in this situation that there are still actions that we need to take that go along with our faith, we have a part to play as well.
Faith Moves God To Act
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.
Our faith moves God to act on our behalf, that is one of the rewards of faith. As you can see in Matthew 15:28 the woman’s faith in Jesus is what caused Him to heal her daughter. He said that your faith is great, and your request has been granted.
That was the same situation with the centurion in Matthew 8, the centurion’s servant was sick, and he went to Jesus and told Jesus that he didn’t need to come to his house to heal him all he had to do was speak the Word. The centurion understood the authority that Jesus had, and Jesus healed his servant because of his faith.
What is it that you’re believing God for? He hasn’t changed all you need is faith in God.
Your faith in God can become your testimony. How amazing it would be for others to see the strength that you have because of your faith in God and as a result they too give their lives to the Lord.
As you hold on to your faith in the Lord and not waver others will see and want what you have. They will wonder why you’re not fearful, why are you joyful when everyone else is sad, where is that joy coming from…I want that.
Romans 2 says that the goodness of God leads to repentance. That means that when others see how good God is that will make them want to give their lives to him and as you continue to put your trust in God and put your faith in God others will see the rewards of faith and the benefits of faith in your life and want it for themselves. That alone should be reason enough to put your faith in God.
I pray that this was encouraging for you and that you now know the importance of faith in God, but that you also see that your faith requires action.
Are there any other benefits that you can think of?
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