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Having True & Honest Faith
There are many feelings and emotions which need to be accompanied by actions to be proved true.
Love is a feeling, but it's also an action. It can be easily expressed verbally. But it takes much more than verbal expressions to prove. It must be true, honest and genuine. A person's actions show how genuine their feelings and beliefs are.
The definition of faith is the complete trust, belief and confidence in something or someone.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. If we say we believe in God and all his works, then we must have faith.
Faith is not just a feeling, it's also an action. We can easily say that we have faith in God and believe in all that he has planned for us. But James 2:20 tells us that 'faith without works is dead.' Meaning that if our faith it is not accompanied by action, then it is not honest and genuine.
1 Peter 1:7 tells us how faith can be proved genuine, it is put to test to see how it comes out in the end. Peter also says that our faith is valuable and worth more than gold because even when it is put through fire, it still comes out unmarked to show God's glory.
When we go through obstacles, our faith must endure the whole journey. It is strong enough to handle all sorts, but we must fully believe this in order to keep up our faith.
God tested the faiths of many to see who were genuine faith servants, like Abraham, Jeremiah, Jonah and David.
They made huge changes to their lives. It weren't easy but because they kept their faith, they all reaped the rewards.
Taking a leap of faith is never easy, and you often question if it was the right thing to do at the time. But true faith is believing that regardless of what we go through, the end result will always be worth it!
Our faith breaks down when we doubt or worry. Doubt is the opposite of faith.
Jesus says in Mark 11:22-24, that we must have faith in God, and not have any doubt in our hearts.
When we don't have faith, we are indirectly doubting God's abilities. This is a God who can move mountains and part seas.
If we say we believe in Him, we must believe that he can also do the impossible in our lives, because he cares about every part of our lives and works on our behalf.
Faith is confidence based on truth. And the truth is that God ordained our lives before we were born and planned our purpose. And it's also the truth that God will always be with us, and will be sure to fulfil his promise in our lives.
This includes when we may be struggling, or waiting for things in our lives to turn around.
We must be expectant. Our faith must keep us motivated and anticipated.
Even if we are struggling, when we believe that things will get better, we will be motivated to keep persevering and not give up.
True faith requires endurance and patience. It is 'being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.' - Hebrews 11:1.
That's pretty much like walking in the dark unsure of where our next step is, but believing and trusting that God will guide us through, right back into the light. This is true faith! This is what God wants to see from us.
God promises he will deliver us out of our afflictions (Psalm 34:19) and fulfil his promise in our lives. This means that we must continue to serve God with this in mind. Knowing that even though we may not see things now, we will still have true faith to believe that we will never be disappointed.