Based on Biblical Text: Romans 4:20:
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God”
Sometimes we need to ask the question, “How well do we take care of our faith?” Think about it — we take care of our hair, our nails, and our pets. We are meticulous about our cars, electronic toys, and our golf clubs. But really, how well do any of us take care of our faith?
If faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen, it makes sense that we would care for the substance and the evidence that will carry us toward the things we hope for. The New English Version translates, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” The truth of the matter is, that kind of faith does not just happen; it has to be nurtured.
The fact is that faith is nothing more than belief in a promise. Folk in biblical times were certain of that promise. They were confident that God would do exactly what He promised. That is the essence of faith.
The concept of Christianity is really quite simple. The concept of Christianity is faith. We faithfully believe there is a God who sits high and looks low. We live by faith in His promise to be our provider, our sustainer, our healer, our direction and our light in darkness. When we are faithful, we live as if God will keep His promise. When we apply our faith, we conduct our lives as if God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do! Living by faith is taking God at His Word. The question for us is, “How firm is our faith?”
The Bible is filled with promises for believers. So, then, living by faith requires that we become familiar with those promises. It would be encouraging and even nourishing to our faith if we would take time to review God’s promises. We could begin by taking time to scan the list of promises from forgiveness, to protection, to our relationship with God, and the promise of Eternal Life. Reviewing God’s promises can help bolster our faith.
Consider this, the circumstances surrounding us right now have nothing to do with whether or not God loves us. The extent to which God loves us was settled over 2,000 years ago with the sacrifice of His Son on the cross of Calvary.
The truth is we have to learn to take care of our faith. Why, because if we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Our prayer will not be answered unless it is the earnest prayer of a man or woman who believes. Faith is the invisible wire that links earth and heaven. If that wire is not connected how can we receive the promises of God?
“How firm is our faith?” Firm faith is believing God when it looks bleak and even when we are in trouble. Firm faith trusts God when we are surrounded by the enemy. The truth is, firm faith believes and trusts God even when all the conditions around us say that we should be frightened, or scared, or disappointed.
We can keep our faith firm by feeding it a daily diet of healthy scripture. We can keep our faith firmed up by remaining faithful to the worship experience and applying our bible knowledge to our daily living. This is the way we feed our faith! “How firm is our faith?”