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Does faith work? What good does faith do?

We sing the song.  We want to believe it.

 “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”

 Sometimes, though, darkness overwhelms us.  Fear and hurt choke us.  We doubt whether faith works and our hearts cry out, ‘What good is faith?’  That cry is our hope—for digging deep into our faith gives us the footing we need to live in victory.  Digging deep exposes faith roots that may need to be re-potted!  Not all faith is equal…only one faith ‘works.’

Everyone has faith in something, but faith in Jesus Christ is the work of God.

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God: to believe

in the one whom he has sent.”  John 6:29

Working faith can only come from God.  It must be received as a treasure beyond our resources, a generous gift from the all-giving Creator.  We cannot drum up more faith with prayer or performance.  Although faith comes by hearing, wise and wonderful words cannot create it.

Working faith does not sit idle; it is not to be stock piled.  Like the manna in the desert, faith sustains life each day.  Living faith allows our lives to be the work of God in our immediate world. Receiving the faith gift brings God into this hurting world!  God-given faith empowers us to do the work of God; it puts us in the center of the amazing plans and purposes of God.

Faith that works does great good!  It brings wholeness and fulfills the purpose of God in our lives.  Working faith transforms individuals, families and nations. Faith heals bodies, souls and spirits…but the healing God most desires is relationship.  Faith works out God’s great purpose: drawing souls closer to the Himself and then closer to one another.  Faith will never settle for a lesser healing.  Sometimes our faith falters because we put our faith in a particular result…or we put our faith in a process.  Working faith does not determine what will happen; it determines that what happens is good because God is good.

Hebrews 11:6 admonishes us that only faith pleases God…and it is not just faith that believes in his existence and his power.  The faith that pleases God is faith that believes God is good and powerful enough to bring about good.  When doubts try to drown me, I turn to the names of God and look for Glory Glimpses.  I find great assurance in knowing more about the One who holds my life in His hands.  He is worthy of my faith; He is worthy of your faith.

How has faith worked in your life?  Has God revealed Himself to you through one of His names?  Will you help someone else see Him in that way by commenting below?  Give God the glory, listen to Say Amen! as you comment.

About Billie Jo

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Billie Jo is wife to Craig and mom to Rusty and Riesa. Formerly employed in the human service industry, the past fifteen years have been dedicated to homeschooling. She is a freelance writer for a number of print and internet publications. She is also passionate about serving in the community. She works in a GED preparation ministry and a community-based servant program that provides opportunities for youth to serve others. It is passion for the love of Jesus and His transforming work that motivates her writing and serving. "I love to see God at work in the lives of others and this is the way I see best."

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7 comments

  1. John Clark

    Faith is believing God for things bigger than ourselves. It is believing that something can come about even before we know how it could happen. Have you ever heard the expression, “Think God-sized dreams?” That means have dreams that only God can bring about.

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    Billie Jo, I loved the link to His 72 Amazing Names! The other link didn’t work for me but I will come back and try again. “El Shaddai” (God Almighty), singing that song has always boosted my faith. If I can just sit and be still and trust Him for 5 minutes … my faith is all the stronger for it. Wonderful Faith article, I really loved it.

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