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Our Hope: Living Out Our Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Our church has a Wednesday evening service.  Sometimes it’s a prayer meeting, and sometimes it’s teaching on various topics.  Sometimes we have guest speakers.  But one thing we can always count on: if we go intending to meet with God there, we will not be disappointed.

Those who choose to attend the Wednesday night services often leave with little gems of wisdom and knowledge that may be life-changing.  It is not always the huge, enormous scriptural revelations that change a person’s life; it may be the small, little things that they can relate to, which makes faith personal to them.  A word or a small phrase, an idea spawned by a parable, or simply the verse that suddenly “hits home”,  after having been read for many times over, all of these have the power to open our eyes, and allow us to recognize who Jesus is, and who we are in His eyes.  If it is in the Bible, it is the inherent Word of God, no matter how big or how small.

I experienced such a thing this past Wednesday night.  Our pastor’s wife, who is an incredible teacher of God’s Word, was our speaker.  She spoke about not allowing the news, and the condition of the world, to dictate our life circumstances, our viewpoints, our attitudes. But one thing that grabbed my immediate attention was when she said:

Christians, we need to start applying the Word of God to our own lives!”  

This is living out our faith. Wow! Hallelujah!  Really?  How?

Yes, that is the question. How?  The words to insert here are trust and faith. Trust in the Lord our God.

Living out our faith requires us to have the faith first.  Just attending church does not give us faith. But if we have given our lives to Jesus, and been born again, then we have at least a small measure of faith.  That faith is set to grow and become stronger as we become closer to Jesus, and understand and know Him and His ways. This takes reading His Word and prayer, and sitting under sound Bible teaching.  As we begin to grow in our faith, we will be able to also stand on it.

When we stand on our faith, we trust it enough to apply it in the living of our lives.  As an example, Jesus tells us that we are not to have fear.  Fear can be debilitating, and will keep us from living the abundant life Jesus promised.  He emphasizes the importance God has assigned to us; Matthew 10:29-31 says:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

When we feel fear, we can take the words of Jesus, and because we know they are true, we can apply them to our lives. We can walk without that fear.  Trusting Him is the key.  Having faith is the action.

Read God’s Word.  Listen to godly Bible teaching and preaching.  Get counsel from trusted Christian leaders.  Learn how to take God’s Word and live it.  Not only will your own life change, but your obedience to live by His Word will become an influence on the lives of others.

Jesus is Our Hope.  He gives us faith, and that faith helps us to live the life He has promised, the abundant life. Give thanks, and live out your faith!

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Blessings!

How have you applied God’s Word to your life? What has changed and is different in your outlook on the world’s problems?  Please comment here or go to www.mystoryofgrace.com and share with us.

 

About Lili

Lili
Lili lives in central North Carolina. She writes devotionals and Christian articles and has been published in e-magazines, newsletters, and articles. She is a member of Faithwriters.com. She and her husband Chuck love to travel, and are animal lovers as well. They are active in their local church, where she teaches the Senior Adult Sunday School class, and he serves as a deacon. Lili credits God for any inspiration that allows her to write. It's all about Him!

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