Actionable Faith

What do you have faith in? How big is your faith? How deep is your faith? Are you asking yourself if you have faith at all? Do you not know that everyone has faith in something or someone? How do you live out your faith?

Most people associate faith to religion. Though faith is certainly part of every religion, it is also part of every person’s life. We all have faith the sun will rise tomorrow. We all have faith there will be food for purchase at the grocery store. Most of us have faith our parents love us.

As stated earlier, faith is part of every religion. Personally, I’m not a big fan of religion. I do love God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. I love learning more about God and His plan. I love investigating the history of the Bible, knowing about the characters and how God impacted their lives.

One thing the most important characters of the Bible had in common is their faith in God. Each of these characters had an active faith. They didn’t live on belief alone. Belief alone isn’t enough for God nor for us. James tells us in James 2:19 that even the demons believe and shudder.

Our faith must cause us to act. We cannot simply believe and expect to live the abundant life Jesus promised. Faith is belief and action together in combination. What action does our faith cause us to take?

We may step out in faith to pursue a new career, one that we believe God is calling us to pursue. We may step out in faith to walk up to a homeless person and buy them a meal. Our faith may cause us to decide to tithe more to our church or give to a charity.

Our faith is never more challenged than when we are in need. When we are desperate to find a solution to a problem, we often want the problem to go away. It is in times like these that we must rely on our faith, not to take unwarranted risks, but to trust that God will lead us down the path He wants us to take. Putting our faith into action during these times is challenging because God may take us down a path we either don’t want to go or we don’t feel equipped to follow. We must continue in faith with the assurance that God will provide, even if not in the way we would choose ourselves.

I pray we all grow in our faith. I pray we step out in faith to follow where God leads us. I pray each one of us will trust God to provide for us. Step out in faith. If you have belief, allow it to grow into actionable faith. Trust in God. He always provides.

Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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