Faith Is…

Faith takes God at His word.

Knowing God Is Able

God is able to do whatever He promises. — Romans 4:21 NLT

Faith means knowing God is able to do all that He has promised. You may not understand how. You may not know where or when. It may seem utterly, completely impossible. But for all the things you do not know — for all the odds stacked against you — in faith, there is one thing you do know:

God is able, and He will deliver that which He has promised to you.

Begin a list of all that God has promised you — and add to it with each new promise you discover in His Word. Begin with Psalm 121.

Which of God’s promises is most important to you and your faith right now? Write out a prayer of praise declaring that you know He is able to keep that promise in your life.

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Love

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. — Galatians 5:6

God is love… and so faith in God must have love. It’s loving God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength (Mark 12:30). And it is accepting that God’s love for you is both endless and unconditional (Romans 8:38-39). Because God’s love for you gives you every reason to have faith, and your faith gives you every reason to show the world how much you love Him.

Why does God’s love for you give you every reason to put your faith in Him?

Does your faith express itself in love? Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. Why do you believe the expression of love is so important to faith — your own and others’?

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Taking God at His Word

For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, “Go,” and he goes; and that one, “Come,” and he comes. I say to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it. — Luke 7:8

“Say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Luke 7:7). Such was the faith of a humble Roman centurion, and his faith amazed even Jesus (Luke 7:9). That man knew — what all those who put their faith in God know — that He is able to do all He has said He will do. So when God says He will forgive and save, help and guide, love and protect…

faith takes God at His word.

Compare the faith of this centurion to the faith of Thomas in John 20:24-29. Which one more resembles you and your faith?

Is there any area of your faith where you most struggle to take God at His word? Write out a prayer asking God to show you His faithfulness.

Excerpted with permission from The Weekly Faith Project copyright Zondervan.

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Your Turn

Faith is knowing God is able. Faith is love. Faith is taking God at His word. Our all-powerful, all-knowing, beginningless, endless, immutable, giving, gracious, self-sacrificing God is not only loving. He IS love. Come share your thoughts on faith on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

 

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