“Why Do We Have Faith?”
An excerpt from the book, “Being Ready for Battle,” by Harold Lee Wilson II
My personal definition of faith would be a deep trust and belief in someone or something, with expectations for future events. It is easy to claim that we have faith in God. It is easy to memorize keys verses of the Bible, and may be easy to adopt them in our lives. It is easy to praise God, to pray to God, to walk in love, and to greet fellow Christians. Faith is easy to claim.
My question to you, however, is where you got your faith. How exactly did you come to believe in the power of God, the salvation of Christ, and the guiding of the Holy Spirit?
Listen to this profound statement:
“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
These words came directly from the mouth of the Son of God. Jesus tells us that our faith need not be large and great. The smallest of seeds, the mustard seed, grows to be a huge tree. We are called to have faith the size of a mustard seed. Doing so will allow us to do anything. Nothing will be impossible for us. A simple command will cause massive changes in our lives. Our thoughts will be a direct contact with the One in Heaven. We will learn to overcome all that Satan throws in our paths. We will be victorious.
Having faith requires us to focus on the future. We must learn from the past, live in the present and have faith in the future. Having faith means that we do not worry about what tomorrow may hold. We put the faith we have that Someone greater than us will watch out for the days to come. We show our faith by living each day for THAT DAY. Should we plan for the future? Of course. But that’s only if we do so in accordance with the will of God. Out faith will be exposed in our lack of worry, not lack of planning.
One of the best ways to have faith is to keep our ears open to God’s voice. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) We have faith by listening to whatever truths God may decide to impart upon us, whether through His Word, a preacher, a teacher, a pastor, or through His voice directly touching our hearts. It is easy to overlook the urging of the Holy Spirit. If we have closed our ears to God, trusting instead in our own understanding of the Word, we have come to show faith in the wrong thing, the wrong person/Person.
If we have faith, our hearts must be open to instruction. A few days ago, I experienced this first hand. In a matter of a single hour, two people attempted to help me on my walk. One I felt had attacked my faith by asking me if the knowledge I was gaining in Christ was head knowledge or heart knowledge. I was amazed that someone I barely knew felt they had the right to challenge my walk because I was so into God’s Word. But, I had to think over what he was saying. Could he have said it easier or more lovingly? Yes. Did he have a teaching behind his words, a lesson for me to hear? Also, yes.
Shortly after, another person told me that I hadn’t been Christian long enough to be a teacher for Christ. He said it was a maturation process. At a point, he even belittled my desire to write for God, to teach others by use of a pencil and paper. As you can imagine, I was heated. I just knew God was leading me to write books for Him. But, this man had a point. I needed to have humility in my walk and to allow myself time to grow in Christ before I tried to teach others about Him. I have since asked God for renewed guidance and humility. (I have a few issues I need to discuss with this man later today, too, about how I feel led by the Spirit to help him in his walk.)
If we say that we have faith, we have to be willing to listen to whatever guidance God may give us and send our way. Do not harden your hearts against any lesson. It may come from the most unlikely sources. This doesn’t disqualify its meaning or the purpose that God has behind it. We have faith when we listen AND INTERNALIZE what we are being told. Keep your ears open–I know God has a message for you.