Faith Fill Up
“So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” — James 2:17–18
Acts of service for God are driven by faith. If there is no faith then there is no motivation to serve God. Faith does more than fill our hearts with confidence, faith fuels our hands with commitment. No faith. No confidence. No faith. No commitment. Faith has always been multifunctional. We don’t need faith to just be increased in times of unbelief, we need faith to be increased in times of unfaithfulness.
“Faith does more than fill our hearts with confidence, faith fuels our hands with commitment”
Have you ever started something with someone and your energy and excitement was on 100 but over time, you allowed small foxes to come into the vineyard where you’re working and destroy your joy for the job? What about your love for your partner, people, or pastor? Maybe the fox brought offense and you let it stay awhile.
Well, eventually, you started to experience this weirdness in your work that caused you to lose faith in the future success and once your faith became depleted, your faithfulness ended up defeated. Ever been there? Where you walked away wondering what happened to the good ole days of passion, commitment, and joy that I shared with this person or project or organization?
Well, truth be told, you lost your fuel for commitment and your passion stalled like a truck on the road. No longer was God getting the glory, now it’s just about getting through it. No longer was your heart confident in the outcome, now it’s just fighting the feeling of being overwhelmed. What happened? Here is some insight; your lack of faith became sabotaging when it was purposed to be sustaining. Losing your commitment to the things of God is directly related to losing your faith in God.
You want to measure your faith level? Measure your faithfulness to God’s work in the middle of chaos, uncertainty, and no progress. These three scenarios will help you to sense where your faith is and help you pray for God to help your unbelief in these conditions.
“You want to measure your faith level? Measure your faithfulness to God’s work in the middle of chaos, uncertainty, and no progress.”
James says, “show me your faith apart from your works and I’ll show you my faith by my works.” Your commitment is an accurate measurement of your confidence in God’s future. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. That substance is simply serving God with expectancy. That evidence is simply confidence in the invisible, insignificant, and intimidating.
What you need a faith fill up from God more than you need fresh vision from people and here is how you make that transaction happen.
Fresh Filling of the Holy Spirit
29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. — Acts 4:29–31
Faithfulness is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit which means, firm faithfulness is made possible through God’s Spirit. In the book of Acts, Peter and some other Apostles were experiencing a lack of confidence in the works of God because of their current prison predicament. That is what it feels like to work with no faith, a prison. Fear started to settled in and instead of backing down and giving up, the Apostles prayed for God to grant them boldness to continue. They prayed to God for the faithfulness to finish what Jesus had started and immediately after this prayer of reliance on God, the entire place shakes and they are filled again with a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit. After this fill up, they continue to finish the work assigned to them.
Your faithfulness needs the fuel of the Holy Spirit at all times. When you feel defeated, passionately pray to God for a fresh delivery of His Spirit. Offense will be shaken off of you. Fear will be shaken off of you. Doubt will be shaken of you. Spiritual fatigue will begin to be shaken off of you and God will begin to shake the place where you are to display how greatly He wants to use you.
“Your faithfulness needs the fuel of the Holy Spirit at all times”
So you see how valuable faith really is? And how reliant on the Spirit of God you need to be? You don’t need fresh vision from people, you need a fresh wind from the Spirit of God to finish the work He assigned to you with faithfulness and fearlessness. Pray today for God to fuel your hearts and your hands with pure faith that sustains you even in the most uncertain, unproductive, and impossible situations.