The Impact of True Faith

The Impact of True Faith

“By faith Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundation whose architect and builder is God.”

Hebrews 11:8-10

In our own time, there are so many people professing Christianity. But how do we know if their faith is genuine or just superficial ? It is so easy to profess to be a Christian but it is really difficult to live as one. In the life of Abraham there are three important things that accompany true saving faith.

1) True faith produces obedience. When God told Abraham to leave his family, his land and go to the promised land, he readily obeys although he has no clear blueprint or does not know the exact location of the place where he is going. It is easier to obey when you know the details of your destination. But Abraham was not given specific details of the place where he will go. In obeying God, Abraham was willing to part to people who are so much dear to him. He is willing to be separated from his family, from his beloved parents, just to obey the will of God in his life. He is willing to forsake everything he holds dear just to follow the will of God for his life. Jesus says in Luke 14:33 ; “In the same way anyone of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”

As a true disciple of Christ we must be willing to give up everything that hinders the fulfillment of God’s will in our life, may it be a certain person, our career, our possessions, our dreams . We should not settle for anything less other than the fulfillment of God’s ultimate plan for our lives. Apostle Paul left behind a comfortable and affluent life and embrace a life of sufferings and persecution in order to fulfill the will of God for his life.

2) True faith is evidenced by a life of sacrifice

Abraham just lived in tents. He has no permanent dwelling. It is not very comfortable to live in tents particularly during the time of storms. For Abraham considers himself a mere pilgrim in this world. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac just to please God although it would really break his heart. Abraham love God so much that he cannot withhold from God the dearest in his life. Abraham waited for so long for the coming of Isaac . The boy is so dear to his father. It is his most cherished possession. But Abraham cannot disobey God. He is more willing to please God more than pleasing himself. Obedience to God is more important to him than his own happiness.

A true Christian will not seek for his happiness but for the glory of God. A true Christian is willing to give up the comforts of his life, the sources of his pleasures just to obey the will of God. Apostle Paul has given up the comforts of his life just to obey the calling of Christ in his life. A true christian’s ultimate source of happiness is the fulfillment of God’s will in his life.

This is seen in the life of Precy a licensed CPA who has a great career in Manila. But recently she gave up her profitable job to join the mission team in Lucena. There is no promise of good job for her there in Lucena, but she is willing to sacrifice just to reach out for the lost souls in the city of Lucena. For Precy fulfillment of God’s will for her life is much much more important than enjoying the comforts of this life. True Christianity indeed involves sacrifice just to give glory to God.

3) True faith is accompanied by a vision of the eternal Kingdom of God.

Abraham was willing to obey and make a sacrifice because he is looking forward to a heavenly city whose architect and builder is God. Abraham’s vision of the Kingdom of God is solid. He is not living for this earthly life but for the eternal kingdom of God.

As Christians, the vision of Heaven must be always alive in our hearts. We should not focus our mindset on earthly things only but daily we should dream of the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem whose architect and builder id God. Thinking of Heaven will inspire us to live for the glory of God. It will inspire us to live in holiness. It will give us comfort from all the momentary trials we are experiencing. As Christians, we are just mere pilgrims here on earth. This world is not our home. We should not be disheartened if we are experiencing sufferings and persecutions for all these things are just temporal. God reserved the best for His faithful children. For the faithful disciples of Christ who lived for God’s glory, the best is yet to come.

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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

AMEN! dear Ate Cristina: To just give lip service to Jesus and his teachings is not being a true Christian. We must teach both by our words and by our actions.


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Reginald Boswell 4 years ago from Alabama

Voted up. It is refreshing Christina to read a solid faith based essay without going off course into the unBiblical.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I am always inspired by father Abraham's example of faith. He was focused on the eternal kingdom and knew how important being faithful was in laying the path to it. Enjoyed your hub topic and the challege presented.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave Matthes Thank you for dropping by. I appreciate much your visit and comments. Truly true faith will involve obedience and sacrifice.True faith is not merely head knowledge. Blessings to you always and best regards.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi REginal Boswel I am glad to hear from you. Thank you for gracing and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Abraham is a perfect example of true faith in God.I am so much blessed by his life. Blessings to you always and best regards.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

HI tecahes12345 I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for paying a visit. Your visit and comments are great source of encouragement to me. Yes Abraham's life of faith is indeed exemplary and so inspiring. His faith is something that inspire many christians to remain faithful in their journey of faith. I am always blessed by his life.I am wishing you a great day today. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.


Raymond Tremain 4 years ago

yes by Faith we do need to step out and do what we have been told to do by our Father, well I can say that this year I was goiung back to USA for my roaming vacation but the Lord had other plans for me so now for me to step out in faith I will now be going to Uganda and Kenya to talk in about 5 churches, and I'll be away for a long time.


Jesshubpages 4 years ago

Though Abraham is not perfect, we see in His life a great example of faith and obedience. Great hub Cristina.


Alice Abayon Mercader 4 years ago

Thanks Cristy For posting this very encouraging hubpages.Indeed Abraham is the ultimate example of faith.

How I wish that every believer including me should have faith like Abraham.

God bless you!


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Kebennett1 4 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

Very well written. You have a good grasp on True Faith and Christianity. I love your examples. You did a great job. Thank you for sharing with us.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Brother Raymond Tremain I am glad to hear from you again. I am greatly encouraged by your presence in this hub. I am happy that you will step out in faith and go to Uganda and Kenya to obey the Father. Just keep me inform when this will be so that I can interceed for it. I am greatly blessed by your visit. Blessings to you always and best regards.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Brother JessHubpages thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit is much appreciated. Remain blessed always and best regards.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi ate Alice I am glad to hear from you. Thank you for taking time to read this hub. I am glad you are blessed and encouraged by the faith of Abraham whose faith is really a model for every believer in Christ. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

HI kebenett1 thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. I am blessed by your visit and comments.I am greatly encouraged by your comments. Blessings to you always and best regards.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Dear sister. This is indeed a beautiful, captivating, moving, flowing writing. There is no doubt I was to be here to read the words. The Holy Spirit captured my heart. In times of storms it is sometimes difficult to keep eyes on the Crown of Glory, our eternal home. Praise to GOD i was reminded in Love of the greatest Love. I am a child of God, wow. It will be awesome to see Abraham in Heaven. He so loved the Lord GOD. Thank you precious sister for lifting my Spirit. I am fed and ready to pick up and go for it in Christ Jesus. God is so good. Know He used you to touch your sista today~~~~

Love you. Hugs Cristina. Keep em coming sister.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi skye2day I am glad to hear from you again. I am so much blessed by your visit. Your words are great source of encouragement to me. Thank you for gracing this hub. I am really glad that you are blessed by this hub. Yes Abraham love God so much indeed. He si one of the greatest models of true faith that brings glory to God. I am wishing you a great day today. May you and your family be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I really liked how you wrapped up the article with the promise of heaven. The comparison of Abraham is so very much the same. God does not give us great detail about what this place called heaven is like and I think for good reason...because we might be tempted to look forward to a place rather than a person. And just like Abraham He asks us to leave all and follow Him.

A neat revelation and insight. Have a blessed day.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Tamarajo I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are great encouragement to me. Blessings to you and your family always. Best regards.

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