One of the key principles that we have discussed in our last two posts to help us claim the promises of God in 2020 is making a resolve to live by faith. But what does it mean to live by faith? And, would you classify yourself as one who lives by faith?
Living by faith is a question that every believer needs to be able to answer because God has instructed us to live by faith. Faith is so important that without it there’s no pleasing God.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6, NJKV).
Also, God says “The just shall live by faith”, four times, in four different books of the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament (Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4, Hebrews 10:38 and Galatians 3:11)
That says something, right? It is clear that God wants to make sure we get it.
So, if living by faith is so important, how do we do it?
1. We Should Live by the Word of God
Sometimes we see things about God based on our circumstances and experiences instead of what the Bible really says. But Scripture encourages us to “walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV)
The children of Israel had to walk around Jericho 7 times by faith, not by logic or reasoning. They had to live by the Word from God, not their perception of how unreasonable the command of God might have seemed. So living by faith means living by the Word and obeying it no matter how illogical obedience might seem to us.
2. Count Things as Though they Have Already Happened
God’s word tells us that living by faith is living as if things have already worked out.
(As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; (Romans 4:17, NKJV)
We are to believe in the promises of God in the Spirit, expecting God to bring them to pass in the physical realm.
3. Think Right
Negative thinking will always produce negative outcomes. Now and again we suffer from negative thinking because we mix God’s words with the world's value system.
Thoughts are vital. What we think we do, and then we become.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV).
What have you been thinking? It’s important to watch your thoughts as they have the power to sway you toward a direction you shouldn’t go (If they are wrong thoughts).
Think on things that lead you to the action or behavior you want to achieve.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8, NKJV).
Look for Part Two of How to Live by Faith Next Week!
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