Faith

The Gift of Faith: Having Faith vs. Choosing Faith

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The Bible says that God gives every believer a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), almost like a gift. Once a person acknowledges Christ as Lord, they begin to operate in that certain amount of faith given by God. However, although faith is given and sustained by God, God does not force us to use our faith. Living in faith or by faith is always a choice. Using our faith allows us to have that victorious, prosperous, purpose-filled life that Christ has promised us. We can either choose to live a self-conscious, worrisome life in Christ where we depend on our own understanding, or we can choose to live a bold, confident life in Christ that is fueled by faith. 

In the word, we learn that Abraham BELIEVED God and it was counted to him as righteousness (Romans 4:3). Abraham chose to believe the promise of God; God did not make him believe. Abraham made a decision based on the information provided to him. He made a righteous decision. In the context of this text, righteous means morally correct or good, in the sight of God. He understood that if the great I Am spoke about his future in this way then it must be true. He did not see the evidence of what God said right away; it even seemed impossible, but Abraham still chose to believe. The take away is this: when we choose to believe God without seeing evidence in the natural, we are making morally correct decisions. Blessed is he who believed without seeing (John 20:29). God has made so many promises in His word about His children. We don’t always see the evidence of those promises in our lives but when we choose to believe in them anyway it brings about the blessings of God in our lives. It’s Faith at work in us. 

Faith at work! That statement alone is profound. Faith does work for us. It works miracles; it works salvation, it works deliverance and favor. The Bible even says faith WITHOUT works is dead (James 2:17). Faith has to be performed. It’s a task. It’s something to be put on our daily checklist. In order for us to see the manifestation of the promises of God, or even our own desires and requests, we have to CHOOSE faith over what we can see in the natural.

Faith is the belief in what is NOT seen (Hebrews 11:1). When we can’t physically see what we want, all we can do is hope for it. What we hope for keeps us encouraged. It keeps us inspired and persistent. Once we lose hope in our unseen prayers we lose faith. If we lose faith we are at risk of losing our lives. Hopelessness comes before depression. Depression invites suicide and other devilish thoughts. This is why we must understand the difference between having faith and choosing faith. Don’t let God’s gift of faith go to waste. Whatever you are hoping for during this holiday season, put your faith to work on it. Speak those things that are not as if they were (Romans 4:17). Take to Romans 12:12 which says be…” rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer“. 

The beautiful thing about all of this is that God loves the sight of faith. There are benefits and blessings that come when we chose faith over unbelief. Check out these scriptures below and may they encourage you to choose to put your faith to work today and every day: 

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