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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Walking by Faith"

Date published: 05/14/2011

John 4:50 “Jesus replied, ‘You may go.  Your son will live.’  The man took Jesus at His word and departed.”  (NIV)

Your relationship with Jesus is integrally tied to your faith.  Jesus was surrounded by people of faith yet few responded in faith.  This royal official‘s faith in Jesus was such that Jesus’ spoken Word was all he needed.  You have the Bible as God’s spoken Word for your life.  The same faith that the royal official had that was based on Jesus’ spoken word is the same faith you have which is based on God’s written Word.  They both demonstrate the fundamental belief that there is a God Who is sovereign, faithful, and desires relationship with you.  The first step of faith is having the belief that there is a God.  Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Once you cross the divide of believing there is a God, the question becomes are you willing to seek His will and work in you?  Your daily consumption of the Bible tied to prayer is the best way to pursue God’s will and work.  The second step of faith is the actualization of whether you really believe there is a God Who wants to magnify His life through you.  The royal official actualized his faith by not only believing Jesus, but stepping out on it.  He acted on his faith believing that Jesus could heal his son.  James 2:14 says, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?”  Your ability to step out in faith will be strengthened by your hunger and thirst for God.  Your hunger and thirst for God is best satisfied by your daily consumption of the Word of God, not out of obligation or as a consumer that picks what you like, but with the expectation of meeting God, hearing from Him, and having the faith to step out on His Word.  2 Peter 1:4 says, “Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”  A faith that is actualized is a faith that begins to participate in the divine nature while escaping the corruption of this world.  The third step of faith is continuing in faith.  Faith is not a one-time event, but the firm conviction that God is real, He is eager to engage you daily, and He desires your love and devotion.  Do not merely mouth your faith, but live it out by walking into the reality that your God is able and will do it!

Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  (NIV)