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Exercise Your Faith

Today I’m going to challenge you to do something that may sound silly. In fact, there are moments in the Holy Bible where men and women of God thought this was silly as well. I’m going to challenge you to choose one facet of your life that needs improving and step out in faith. I want you to simply believe God is going to do something about this chosen area of your life, and then ask you to act on it. Maybe God is speaking to you right now about such an area that needs improvement, or maybe it will take some prayer.

There is a good reason I’m doing this, and that’s because the Bible gives us a very important message about faith in Hebrews 11. Let’s look at two key verses now:

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

So Hebrews 11 not only defines faith for us, but it also tells us that we must have it in order to please God. In turn, He is a rewarder of those that believe. This means it is necessary to exercise faith when we approach the throne of God, especially if we expect Him to reward us with a favorable response to our situation.

Hebrews 11 is also known for it’s “Faith Hall of Fame”. I would encourage you to read through this chapter, as it identifies many of the Bible’s faithful and some of their accomplishments that were achieved by having such a high level of faithfulness.

James put it very bluntly:

James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

You may ask what this means? Well it means that faith is useless if we simply say we have faith but do not act on it. That is why I am challenging you to pick something and act on it. I want you to see how this concept works and reap the benefits while bringing glory to our Creator.

Friends, readers, some of you may already be practicing this concept and I’m certainly not trying to force you into something you’re not comfortable with. However, this is a very important aspect of the Christian faith that needs to be understood, and practiced when necessary. If you’re like me, it’s quite often when you have mistakes and goof ups in your life or you need a boost from God, so faith certainly comes in handy. Oh, did I mention the rewards are amazing? I would suggest not even specifying how you would want God to reward you because He’s just going to exceed it anyway. You’ll be amazed! Thank you for reading and God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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