A LIVING FAITH
Real faith, even as small as a mustard seed,
is adequate to give access to God's marvelous grace.
But simple faith in the existence of God is not enough.
REAL FAITH MUST INCLUDE:
We must know God. His deity and divine power can be known to us by observing
His creation, but FAITH comes from hearing His Message as He and His will are
revealed to us in Scripture and through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the ultimate
revelation of God. John 17:3; Rom.1:20; 10:17; John 1:18; 2 Peter 3:18.
Belief in the existence of God can and must grow and bring about the obedience
of faith. Rom.1:5; 16:26.The WORD must become incarnate in us as we become
living epistles. Without appropriate deeds (dynamism) faith is dead! This
activity must involve obedience to the message of Christ crucified! Faith
becomes alive when it is made complete by deeds of obedience.1 Peter 1:22,23;
Luke 17:5,6; Mark 9:24; 2 Cor.3:2,3; James 2:14-26; 1:22-25; Hebrews 5:9. James
2:19. BELIEVING IN THE EXISTENCE OF DEITY, AS DO THE DEMONS, IS NOT LIVING
The walk of faith is not one of sight. It does not find roots in empirical
proof, but in total confidence in God's faithfulness. Faith sees the invisible
and accepts with complete assurance things that are not seen! Faith knows that
God keeps His promise to intervene in our lives, to answer our prayers, to
reward us when we seek Him, and to abide with us forever. 2 Cor.5:7; Hebrews
11:1,6,27; Phil.4:6,7,19; 2 Thess.3:3.
There is a faith dynamic enough to move mountains, but worthless to save when
it lacks proper motivation (1 Cor. 13:2). From the beginning God has wanted us
to practice real love. Faith without that fundamental element is barren and
useless. We must love God, the very object of our faith, and love our neighbor
as ourselves. Obedience that is not from the heart can not receive divine
approval. What counts is faith working through love. With this faith we can
have access to His wonderful grace! Rom. 5:1,2; 6:17,18; Gal .3:24-29; 5:6.