According to Google, the word “faith” is defined as: (noun) 1. Complete trust in someone or something. Or 2. A strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. With both definitions, the word is used as a noun. However, I disagree; I think the word is a verb- meaning that it is an action word.
When we have “a strong belief in God”, we are saying that we trust Him to be able to do just as His word said He would do. We believe that He is in control of all things and He will work things out for our good. Yes, that all fits the idea that FAITH is a noun. Yet when we read James 2: 14-26 (specifically verse 17), we see that faith, without any accompanying works, is dead. Faith must now have some kind of action in order for it to work.
What is working FAITH? (Examples)
- You have been at your current company and in your current position for several years. You heard many others say that your change was coming and that all you needed to do was have faith in God and He would bring you into your new. Instead of just praying for or speaking into existence a new career or occupation, FAITHing it would be studying to learn a new skill or actually applying to new positions. This does not mean that you stop praying or having faith, it simply means that you are also taking some steps towards your change.
- You have been attending the same church for your entire Christian life. Lately, you have begun to feel like you were not growing at the church and it was time to leave and join the bigger church that everyone has been talking about on social media. Instead of saying that you are not growing spiritually at a church that you do not actively participate in (e.g. attending church school, prayer meetings, etc.), FAITHing it would be praying with God AND engaging in different forms of ministry and fellowship to see if the growth blocker is you or the actual church.
- You have been battling issues with your weight and health for your entire life and it has now reached a point of great concern for you and your doctor. You ask God to help you lose weight and fight your health issues, yet you still indulge in the things that are very unhealthy for you. Instead of just praying for change, FAITHing it would be making a change by changing your eating and dieting habits.
James says in chapter two that if our neighbor is hungry and we tell him/her to “’go in peace, be warmed and filled’ without giving [him/her] the things needed for the body, what good is that? (16, ESV)” Simply put, we cannot just speak good words and prayers without actually doing the work behind the prayers.
We can boldly live, pray, and dwell in FAITH because Christ has already fought and won every battle for us.
That battle against complacency and unhappiness at work? He’s already won it.
The issue of spiritual growth in your church? He’s already won it.
That persistent battle with your weight and health? Yep, He’s won that, too.
(Disclaimer, those examples were all issues that I have battled with personally.)
Put some action in your faith and proclaim it BOLDLY to the world. Shout from the highest mountain top “I AM FAITHing IT!”