Faith on a Roll
Are you a faith walker?
Our faith often gets eroded when we don’t use it properly. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and it just makes sense to go to Him to get instructions about how to walk by faith. We have to step in His direction. Everything in the kingdom of God comes to us by faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) and there is a simple formula for getting around in His kingdom.
Belief + action = faith.
That means we first have to believe and then we have to get with Jesus to see how we should act. Let’s take a look at an example.
Back in the day when I was ‘tore up from the floor up’ (so to speak) and in need of a savior, I had to first believe that Jesus was the only one who could save me. I had tried saving myself. I’d tried the self-help television guru route, and anything else that came my way. None of those options worked. So, I really needed a Savior badly. I had to believe that Jesus was the Savior who could save me.
I had to believe—accept as true and take personally --that Jesus died on the cross and rose to save me from my sins.
Then, I had to act on that belief. I had to open my mouth and apologize for my wrong doings and I had to invite Jesus to come and live inside my heart. (Romans 10:9-10)
It took faith (belief + action) to get saved. If I had stayed on my couch believing without doing something about it, I would still be on that couch and nothing would have changed.
The same thing that worked then works for me now. I have to believe—accept as true and take personally –God’s promises and then do whatever He tells me to do to get what he has for me.
In a lot of ways we are just like the guy in the Faith on A Roll cartoon. We wake up wanting or needing stuff—could be healing, could be an answer to a question, could be a new job or some wisdom. We ask for the Lord’s help and the Lord will pop a thought in our head like ‘read John 4:23’ or ‘put on that white blouse tod ay’ or ‘be st ill ‘ or 'don’t answer that phone ’ and that simple little instruction just might be the first step in the direction we must go in to get what we need. How many times have you ignored a direction or made a wrong turn and then regretted it saying ‘Wow, something told me to go the other way.’
God rarely gives us the whole recipe at one time. If He did we wouldn’t need faith or Him.
The other side of faith walking is acknowledging that we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26) and that common sense comes with the package.The Lord pops thoughts in our heads often and so many times we just sit there waiting when He has already given us the direction we need to go in. If we need a job we know that we can’t sit home in the recliner chair all day and wait for the job to come to us. Our God-given common sense should tell us to pound that pavement, update that resume, call that temporary agency. We believe that God will provide us with the job but we have to do our part.
Finally, the guy in the Faith on A Roll cartoon missed the chicken because he didn’t step toward God. That was the required action that would have made his faith work properly.
Our faith works when we step toward God too. We step toward Him, with our praise and thanksgiving. We step toward Him by getting in His Word. We step toward Him by asking, believing, listening for instruction and obeying whatever He says. We step toward God when we do those things we know we should be doing.
It’s a faith (belief + action) walk and it is glorious when we do it God’s way.
So, are you a faith walker?