Faith In God Meaning
What does it mean to have faith in God? I know that’s a term that we use a lot, just have faith in God. Maybe you don’t completely understand what that means, and you need clarification. I know that I did.
It took me years to understand Faith In God, so I’m going to give you the definition of faith in God as well as what faith in God means to me. I’ll give you 5 practical steps that you can implement today.
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What Is Faith?
According to my New Living Translation Daily Application Study Bible:
Faith – reliance, loyalty, or complete trust in God.
Trust – assured reliance on the character ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
Here we have the technical definitions but what does this look like in our lives as Christians what is a practical take on faith, how do you show faith in daily life?
Here are 5 practical steps that you can start to implement today.
How To Practice Faith Daily
I’m all about practicality, give me steps or guidance on how to get something done. My mind works well with actual steps that I can take to see a change or progress in my life. This was one of the biggest issues I had when I would try to progress in my relationship with God.
The instructions that I go were too vague. Just trust Him? Give it all to God? Take a step of faith? What? What does all that mean in my daily life as a believer? I was lacking guidance. Thank God for the Holy Spirit and for a few ministers that were able to help me to get to the place that I am now.
I know how it feels to feel lost and that is why I aim to give practical steps that you can implement right away.
Decide In Your Heart That God Has The Final Say And The Bible Has The Final Say In Your Life
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. 21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.
The Bible is the Word of God, it's God speaking to us. We must determine in our heart that what the Bible says is true, you have to believe that God has the final say. God does not and cannot lie. If He says that we are more than conquerors, then we are, If He says that we are victorious, then we are. If He says that we can do all things through Christ, then guess what we can.
We look at what’s happening around us and then use that to dismiss what God says in his Word. Just because you may not see it happening right now, doesn’t make the word of God a lie.
Just because you may have seen something that happens in the life of someone that you look up to and it is contrary to what the Bible says doesn’t mean that is how it will turn out for you.
You need to dig deep and hold fast to the word of God no matter what you see. Holding fast just means that you stick to what you believe and don’t take your eyes off what the Bible says.
I remember hearing a preacher say that you must hold on to it as a bulldog holds on to his bone. No one could ever take it away from them no matter how hard they try.
Satan will try to discourage you and make you feel like, what is the point, I’m not seeing this is my life so it must not work for me. That is a lie you don’t try faith; you continue in it no matter what and your true faith will encourage others.
Read Your Bible
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
If you want to continue walking by faith daily, you must read the Bible. That’s how to grow in faith. You need to feed on the Word of God. As you read and study it, you will feel that your confidence in God will begin to increase.
Seeing all the amazing miracles in the Bible and seeing the example of men and women of God believing and God answering their prayers. You can’t help but get excited knowing that this is the same God that exists now. Knowing that what He did for them in the Bible He will do for you too!
Look at what Timothy says, it teaches us and helps us to realize what is wrong in our lives, it corrects us when we are wrong, and teaches us to do what is right. It’s not just a book that you read stories to see what happened in the past the Word of God is living and active.
If you read it with an open heart and ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelations and understanding, it can change your entire life.
Meditate On The Bible
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Ask the Holy Spirit for revelation as you meditate on the Bible. The Holy Spirit is the one that gives revelation into the Word of God. This is the only way that we can understand and apply it to our lives.
Meditation on the Word of God brings clarity. It brings revelation and helps with memorization; you need God to give you insight and wisdom into His Word. This will help to guide you in your life.
Once you begin to meditate on the Word of God, you will receive revelation and understanding. You may be wondering, how to meditate. This is what I do every morning; I pick one Scripture verse and ask the Holy Spirit for revelation and understanding.
Then I'll read it a few times out loud because I feel that when I hear it, it gets into my spirit. Then, I’ll continue to read it over and over in my mind. As you do that, you'll start seeing things in the Scripture that you didn't realize were there before. Then I continue to think about that scripture throughout my day.
Suddenly a part of the verse will stand out to you and the Holy Spirit will give you understanding, with understanding comes with ways to apply it to your life.
Obey The Word Of God
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
It’s wonderful to read your Bible and to meditate on the Bible, but if we don’t do what the Bible says, then what is the point? Like the scripture says we are just fooling ourselves. It is important to obey the Word of God and do what the Bible says.
When you’re studying the Bible are you applying what you have learned in your life? Has your behavior or attitude changed? Can you see a difference in your life? You can see how effective your Bible study is by the change or impact that it is having in your life.
Put into action what you have studied, put into action the revelations that you receive from the Holy Spirit.
Being obedient to the Word can only bring about blessings in your life. You will be building your life on a solid foundation based on the Word of God. When you build on the rock then you will not sink you will be stable you will be unshakeable. You are hearing and responding to God’s word.
Never Give Up On God/Never Stop Believing
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
I left this step for last because I think that it may be the one that we have the most difficulty with. When you are doing what you should be doing, and you still haven’t seen any results you need to continue believing and not give up.
After you have done all, you can, you stand and never stop believing. That reminds me of a song that says don’t give up on God because He won’t give up on you. Keep on doing what is right and continue to trust God to do what He said he would do. I know that this can be hard, I have been there.
I’ve had situations that seemed like they would never end, I prayed, and fasted, believed, put action to my faith I admit sometimes I felt tired. But you know what I do when I start to feel tired, I run to the Word of God. It strengthens me, it transforms my mind from doubtful to hopeful. It reminds me of how good my God is and how much He loves me.
Believe me, there are still things in my life that I’m believing God for, but I have determined in my heart that I’m not going to allow the devil to make me lose out on my blessing because of doubt or unbelief. Don’t give him that benefit. Fight for what you know is yours and hold on to God, He will never fail you.
As Ephesians 6:10 says Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
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