Thursday, January 23, 2014

Living by Faith

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{Hebrews 11:6; NLT} 
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. 

How is it possible to know if a person has faith in Jesus Christ? We know from experience that faith can’t be determined by what a person says he believes, because far too often his actions will not match his confession.

Faith starts out as belief, and it grows into action. Faith that is living is faith that is seen in the way we live. We can say that we believe something, but that doesn’t mean that belief has moved from our minds to our hearts. This movement is necessary for our belief to turn into action. Simple belief is not mature faith.

William Lane in his book Hebrews: A Call to Commitment wrote; “A Godly life is the response of committed faith to the call of God” (p. 151). If we want to know about a person’s faith then we need to examine how they live. This means we need to pay attention to the way we live if we want to understand the condition of our faith.

The choices that we make and the priorities that we have will reveal whether or not we really believe all this stuff about God and Jesus. Our faith is reflected in the way we live our lives.

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