In our last article, we introduced How to Live by Faith series.
We covered three important factors, and as promised, we’ll discuss a few more key points in this article.
If you have not yet read part 1, go here.
A Brief Review
We saw that living by faith is important and is a command by God for believers. The aim of this article is to answer ‘how.’
Let’s get started on the remaining points.
1. Obey God in the Small Things
Before God entrusts you with a big assignment, he’ll assign you small things to do. Remember how Abraham was told to shift from his hometown without knowing where he was to go?
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8)
We have to learn to obey God in small things or we could miss the will of God in a new season.
2. Talk Right
In part 1 of the series, we discussed the fact that it’s important to think right but it doesn’t end there. It’s also crucial to talk right. Why? There is power of life and death in the tongue.
Matthew 12:34 says, … out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Speech that lacks faith comes from a heart that is lacking in faith.
In Gen 1:1-9, we read that God spoke the universe into being. And, we are made in His image and likeness.
In the New Testament, Jesus spoke to the fig tree. This shows us that there is power in the spoken word.
What we think, we say. Living by faith therefore means speaking in faith from a heart of faith – speaking the words of God
Proverbs 18:21 says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Our words do carry power. Notice what Jesus said.
"Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:22-24)
3. Apply the Word
Applying the word of God can be a challenge. Gratefully, the Word of God itself provides us with an understanding on how to best apply God’s Word to our daily life.
Here’s a summary on how to do it
We can do nothing without Jesus, and scripture confirms it.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (John 15:5)
We need to be closely connected with Jesus and to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to apply the Word of God effectively in our lives. Prayer is the primary means we have to intimately connect with Jesus. If we lack something, we can directly ask God for it.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:5-6)
We can’t obey a command that we don’t know or claim a promise that we have not discovered. That said, the obvious thing is to read God’s Word if we are going to obey it. Not only that, we also need to study, memorize and meditate on Scriptures.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
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