In this crazy upside down world we live in we, by default, learn very quickly not to trust everything that is said on TV, Facebook, internet or the local buzz at the community restaurant.
We live in an uncertain world and have to deal with uncertain circumstances that may or may not happen in our lives. For sure at different times we all go through some bad things.
This can bring on anxiety and worry that can affect our lives physically and mentally. Example Covid19 - should I get the shot or not? When I cough - what will other people think? Am I getting sick or not?
What is there that can help us navigate all of this uncertainly? What can help us deal with the realities of combating anxiety and worry?
GOD is the answer, looking to His Word is the direction we should follow.
The difference in our lives is what we put our faith in? Illustration: I, by faith, go out to my car, get in and start it, assuming it will carry me to my destination?
Sometimes I assume too much and we have all experienced assuming too much! So what is our faith in?
Found in the Bible is the saying: "The Just shall live by faith (1)."
We see the difference between the Just and the Unjust. The Unjust live their lives depending upon their own strength. The Just live by faith.
Their confidence is not in themselves but God. Faith is not a philosophy of life it is the very principle, solid foundation, of life. The Just depend on God for their entire life by faith.
He is saved by faith (2); he is kept by faith (3); and he lives by faith (4). His faith will be tested and tried (5); faith will always be made clear, vindicated.
Faith is more victorious, equal to any occasion. Faith knows how to wait on the Lord (6). It is always victorious
(7). Faith defies human reason, it moves mountains, it does not always face facts, it never gives up. Faith says God is working His will in my life and I can wait and endure.
Faith does not make anything easy, but it does make all things possible.
How important is faith in our spiritual walk? This series on faith will address four areas to be aware of:
1. What is faith
2. The importance of faith
3. Little faith
4. The three kinds of faith
1. Habakkuk 2:1-5 / Romans 1:17 / Galatians 3:10, 11 / Hebrews 10:38 - "The just will
live by faith."
2. Acts 16:31 - "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saves, ..."
3. 1 Peter 1:5 - protected by the power of God through faith for salvation ...
4. Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but
Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the
Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
5. 1 Peter 1:7 -so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is
Perishable, even thoughn tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and
glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
6. Isaiah 40:31 - Yet those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength ...
7. 1 John 5:4 - For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.