Faith is a powerful force that can transform our lives and help us overcome obstacles. It also is a force that can help you gain or achieve your heart's desires. As Christians, our faith is based on the promises of God, and believing in these promises can have a profound impact on our lives. In this post, we will explore the power of faith and how it can transform our lives and help us to believe in God's promises.
What is Faith?
Faith is the confident belief in something that is not yet seen or fully understood. It is the foundation upon which our relationship with God is built. For Christians, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). It is trusting in God's goodness and believing that He will keep His promises.
It is by faith that you receive the things you desire from God; be it healing, answered prayers, deliverance, and change. In several instances in the Bible, Jesus said "be it unto you according to your faith". Here are some of the instances:
Matthew 9:29 - "Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you."
Matthew 15:28 - "Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."
Matthew 21:22 - "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
Mark 9:23 - "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
Mark 11:24 - "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
Luke 17:6 - "And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."
In these verses, Jesus is emphasizing the importance of faith and belief in receiving blessings from God. He often performed miracles in response to people's faith.
The scripture in Mark 11:23 - 24 should be front and centre in your prayer life and walk with God.
Mark 11:23-24 (New King James Version) 23 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. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Believing in God's Promises
The promises of God are a central part of the Christian faith. They are recorded throughout the Bible, and they give us hope and assurance in difficult times. When we believe in God's promises, we can experience peace, joy, and fulfillment that come from trusting in Him.
Here are some of the promises of God that we can hold onto:
God promises eternal life to those who believe in Jesus Christ. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). If you would like to receive salvation, you can do so right now by praying the Salvation Prayer out loud and meaning it from your heart. Jesus is ready to accept you as His own and make you a part of God's family right away.
God promises to forgive our sins when we confess them. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
God promises to give us peace that surpasses all understanding. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)
God promises to provide for our needs. "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:31-33)
God promises to guide us and give us wisdom. "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." (James 1:5)
A good book that itemizes the promises of God topically is "God's Promises For You by Theo John Paul".
The Power of Faith
Faith has the power to transform our lives in many ways. Here are just a few examples:
1. Faith Gives Us Hope
When we have faith, we can face difficult situations with hope and confidence, knowing that God is with us and will see us through. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
2. Faith Strengthens Us
When we face challenges, faith can give us the strength to persevere and overcome. "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)
3. Faith Brings Healing
In the Bible, Jesus often healed people because of their faith. When we have faith, we can experience healing in our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. "And Jesus said to him, 'Go; your faith has made you well.' Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road." (Mark 10:52).
4. Faith brings blessings
When we believe in God's promises, we can experience His blessings in our lives, such as peace, joy, and provision. "Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence." (Jeremiah 17:7)
5. Faith Pleases God
The Bible tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. When we have faith, we honor and glorify God.
Hebrews 11:6 (New King James Version) 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.
Spend time studying Hebrews 11; read the whole chapter. It is such a wonderful scripture. Growing in faith is an ongoing process for every believer. It is not a one-time event but a journey that requires effort and commitment.
Here are some tips for growing in faith:
1. Read and Study the Bible
The Bible is the foundation of our faith, and reading and studying it regularly can help us grow in our knowledge and understanding of God. As we learn more about God's character, promises, and plan for our lives, our faith can be strengthened. "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17)
Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with God. It allows us to communicate with Him, express our needs and desires, and seek His guidance and wisdom. As we pray regularly, our faith can be deepened, and our trust in God can grow. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)
3. Attend Church
Being part of a community of believers can provide encouragement, support, and accountability. Attending church services regularly can help us stay connected to God and His people, learn from others' experiences and wisdom, and worship God together. "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (Hebrews 10:24-25). If you do not have a church where you attend, pray and ask God to show you where He wants you to be planted. Whatever you ask God for, you receive (See Matthew 7: 7 - 11). God wants to direct and lead you, so ask Him.
4. Serve Others
Serving others is a way of expressing our faith and love for God. As we serve others, we can demonstrate God's love and grace, grow in humility and compassion, and develop our spiritual gifts. "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10)
5. Trust God
Trusting God is an essential part of our faith journey. It means surrendering our fears, doubts, and worries to Him and relying on His power, wisdom, and goodness. As we trust God more, our faith can be strengthened, and we can experience His peace, joy, and blessings. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Putting It All Together
We have looked at what faith is, and some of the promises of God. We also learned about the power of faith and tips for growing in faith. We learned about the instances where Jesus told people "it is unto you according to your faith". Jesus is still saying the same to us today.
In conclusion, growing in faith requires intentional effort and a willingness to trust and obey God. By reading the Bible, praying, attending church, serving others, and trusting God, we can deepen our faith and experience the power of believing in God's promises. When you begin to walk in faith, act in faith, grow in faith, your life will be transformed in tremendous ways. Start today to harness the power of faith.
About the Author
Edikan Uko is an entrepreneur, and management consultant focusing on strategic management and innovation. She is a media owner and publisher. She is an alumna of University of Strathclyde Business School. She is also a Bible teacher, speaker, founder of Arise Global Intercessors, and editor of LoveFaithandMiracles.com