Step Towards Transformation
“Where is your faith?” Jesus asked his disciples!!!
He had just calmed the storm after being woken up from his sleep by men who thought they were going to perish. For there was a “storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish.
Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith?” Luke 8:22-25
Did they loose this faith? Did they leave it behind? Did they throw it overboard to lighten the ship?
The best answer that I have heard to this question is this: Their faith had just calmed the storm after being woken up from his sleep and was now standing in front of them asking “Where is your faith?”.
Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith.
Faith has always been the mark of a disciple of Jesus. The early disciples were known as BELIEVERS. Jesus said: ‘…Everything is possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
Faith means total dependence on God. When Adam sinned, he stepped out of God-dependence into in-dependence (which is unbelief). This is the reason God has placed such a high priority on faith. Faith is the way we come back into relationship with God (God-dependence).
This dependence on God is called faith. Faith advances you beyond your five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. Faith releases you from your limited capacities. By faith you move from in-ability to His-ability.
This is the walk of faith to which all of us are called – where “nothing is impossible” (Matt 17:20).
A. WHAT IS FAITH?
Faith means having trust, assurance or confidence in another person or that person’s words. Having faith in God involves an exchange of self-trust for God-trust. We stop trusting in ourself and trust Him. We abandon reliance on our limited source of knowledge and start receiving from His unlimited source.
True faith is expressed in 1) Obedience and 2) Action, in response to 3) Hearing God’s word (voice), i.e., obedient action in response to what God has said.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb 11:1).
B. TWO KINDS OF KNOWLEDGE
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on MEN’S WISDOM, but on God’s power.
“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
“No, we speak of God’s SECRET WISDOM, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time bean” (1 Cor 2:4-7). See also verses 8-16.
C. THE BASIS OF FAITH
The basis of having faith in God is in three important realities:
Christ has become the source of our faith in God. The fact of His death and resurrection provides ground for our believing.
“The Lord said to me, ‘…I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled” (Jer 1:12).
His Word stands true forever. Faith comes when God brings a specific word – out of all He has ever said – directly to us in our circumstances. Spoken in this way, the Word of God comes alive to us releasing our faith.
D. HOW FAITH WORKS
The righteous live by HIS faith, that is the faith HE gives us as a gift.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith, it [the faith] is the gift of God…” (Eph 2:8,9).
“…according as God has dealt to every man…faith” (Rom 12:3).
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
“These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Pet 1:6,7). See also Romans 4:16-21; Psalms 105:17-19.
In faith we cast ourselves on HIS FAITHFULNESS. In our times of doubt and struggle, God is faithful and does not abandon us.
“If we believe not, he abideth faithful. He cannot deny himself” (2 Tim 2:13).
He was faithful to Thomas and Peter when their faith was tested. Jesus didn’t abandon them.
“He will never leave us nor forsake us” (Heb 13:5).
“… for everyone born of God has overcome the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 Jn 5:4).
Today I decide to live by faith and trust God in all areas of my life. I acknowledge my need to be totally dependent on God – which is faith in action. In problems, challenges and difficulties I will rely on His faithfulness. God’s response will be His grace – His enabling power. I will teach others also to rely on God’s faithfulness and walk with faith in God.