Why having faith in God is so important
Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Why is faith so important to a Christian? Because without faith we cannot please God. We have to believe that God is who He says He is. Faith means believing that what God says will come to pass. Faith enables us to believe that what we do not see will indeed happen.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6.
Matters of God require us to believe and rest on the Word of God. This goes against the matters of the world whereby people want what they can see, feel, and touch. That was one of the reasons in the Old Testament people made all sorts of images as idols. They wanted a god they could see. Yet, during those times God would reveal Himself to His people in such amazing ways. But still, that was not enough. Within a short period of time, people would turn their backs on Him and they would go back to worshiping idols.
In the New Testament, Jesus walked on earth among people. He performed many miracles, but many people would still not believe that He is the Son of God.
That is why Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen Me you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed” John 20:29.
It requires faith to believe in things not yet seen. With faith in God we store up treasures in heaven; we are considered blessed.
Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty. Genesis 15:6.
In present times, God still reveals Himself to us. He is present, He is still at work. However, people have come up with all sorts of rationalizations to explain away the works of God. People no longer give credit to God. We have started idolizing everything, and we have made people great and God small. But God is good, extremely patient. He is watching. Even when we do not ask He still provides; the sun still shines, He still holds the universe together. If only we asked.
Call to me and I will answer and reveal to you wondrous secrets that you haven’t known. Jeremiah 33:3.
What if we trusted God with unwavering faith, how great the world would be!
The promises of God are for us; they are there for us to claim. Through Christ, we have life in its full abundance. With faith, we speak to the mountains of life.
Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. Mark 11:23.
There is so much hopelessness in the world because we have forgotten our one and only first love, Jesus Christ.
When we face challenges we tend to run to all sorts of things seeking answers or in an attempt to numb what happening in our lives. That then opens the door for the enemy to come into our lives; he fills us with fear and tells us that if we do not follow him then we will not get out of our circumstances. But those who follow his path come to learn the enemy is no good; he is a deceiver and a destroyer.
The devil has no power over us unless we open our lives to his deceit. When we turn to all sorts of idols we run ourselves to destruction. Without faith, fear sets in. Yet, in God, there is no fear.
Now therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:14–15.
We have to choose to believe in God, and when we do, God starts working in us in amazing ways. He multiplies what we have many-folds for His glory.
For God is the One who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 2 Corinthians 9:10.
That is why Jesus said if we have faith even the size of a mustard seed, we will speak to the mountain and it will obey, and nothing will be impossible with us.
Faith enables us to claim God’s promises in our lives. We speak to our circumstances in accordance with the Word Of God and they align in accordance with the will of God.
Through faith we enjoy the blessings of God here on earth and in the end gain eternal life.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13.
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Originally published at https://www.vickysforum.com on December 4, 2020.