Lessons in Faith

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works so one will boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Every person has faith.  We all place our faith in something or someone.  Every worldview, including atheism, requires some degree of faith.

WHAT IS FAITH ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD?

  • Faith in God is not just something you claim to have.

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him?”  (James 2:14)

Jesus made it clear that many people “claim”  to be His followers and even do good deeds, BUT they are deceived and far from God. “Not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter heaven” (Matthew 7:21-23)

  • Faith in God is not just something you feel.

Faith is not a feeling; emotions can be misleading.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”  (Jeremiah 17:9)

  • Faith in God is not just something you believe.

“You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that and shudder.”  (James 2:19)

Many people believe in God like satan does; they acknowledge there is a God, but they have no intent to follow Jesus Christ or keep the commands of God.

  • Faith in God is based on TRUTH.

God claimed to create all things and Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh and he claimed to come back from the dead.  But claims are not enough to make something true.  Biblical faith in God is anchored solidly in exhausitive amounts of objective, external, historical facts that prove the existance of God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Real faith is based on overwhelming evidence.

For those who wish to dive deeper, I recommend:

The Reason For God, Timothy Keller

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Athiest, Norman Geisler, Frank Turek

Know Why You Believe, Paul Little

The Case For Christ, Lee Strobel

  • Faith in God means to act on what you believe.

Real faith requires an act of the will.  Many well educated people do not believe in God, and it’s not because they lack knowledge, it’s often because they don’t want to believe therefore they willfully choose not to believe.

Jesus invites us to believe the facts, to come to Him and follow Him on the greatest journey imaginable.  (Matthew 11:28).

I hope and pray your are flourishing in your journey of faith.  For those who are still investigating the facts, I encourage you to ask a friend you trust to process your questions with you.  You might also watch the film, “The Case For Christ,” the true story of an athiest who sought to disprove the resurrection of Jesus.

Those who seek, find.

Jeff Wilson

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