Faith … it is a word that has been misunderstood, misused, diluted and generalized. Faith has become synonymous to a person’s religious preference.
In coming to grips with what is most important, let’s let faith not only be defined, but let’s press on until we let faith define us.
“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘It shall be done to you according to your faith’” (Matt. 9:27-29).
Where did that faith come from? There must have been enough faith to prepare conditions for the miraculous. It didn’t come by seeing … it came by believing!
Obviously, since the men were blind, they could not have been eyewitnesses to His miracles. But, through others, their faith had been ignited. Stories unfolded around campfires about lives that were transformed and hope began to surge within their hearts. They heard about His compassion and love and miracles through the lives of others.
It caused these men to reach out to the empathy of strangers who led them by the hand to the place where Jesus would be passing by.
How can we, too, gain the same posture of faith that these men had?
Faith is Built through Hearing
“… Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
One of the best ways to develop hearts that can distinguish God’s voice from others in the midst of the cacophony of others is through a daily discipline of devotion.
Faith has to be built, day by day. It is like a muscle and building muscles don’t happen overnight.
“… as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more” (2 Cor. 3:18).
There’s nothing more important than developing ears that hear. He is speaking, but the only ones who will hear are those who have trained their ears to listen.
Honesty in Prayer
With a heart of honest evaluation, I find myself asking, “God, am I doing okay? Is there anything in me that needs to change?”
We expect God to change things when they go wrong, but God doesn’t. We are the ones who need to do the changing. Prayer is not designed to pull God to me. Instead, it pulls me snuggly to God.
I must first have faith to recognize where I need to improve and then I must add the ingredient of action. Faith without works is simply a dead faith.
We often want more faith, but in actuality, we want to define it more deeply, to talk about it more critically, but we have no intention of living it radically.
If you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law—the law that sets you free—and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
Faith is Built through Believing
You can hear from God, but that doesn’t mean anything. It just becomes another good suggestion if you do not allow it to change your life.
One of the difficult areas for us to believe in is where there are problems. There is a potential, but it seems too far away. This is where our faith needs to be applied.
If you don’t believe, it won’t happen. Faith includes your cooperation, your attendance and your involvement.
Believe that It Can Be Done
“Again I say to you, that if two of you shall agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 18:19).
God is calling us to agreement. He is simply saying to restore the importance of agreement with one another. Don’t let anything happen to destroy that. Thais is why you need to be developing ears that hear to make decisions from God that will be a blessing to you and those counting on you.
So if God speaks to you and you are willing to believe, then …
Be Ready to Change
When God speaks to you about a change in your life that must occur, the change is often preceded by a price that needs to be paid.
This is faith in the making and we need to be ready to make that change. When we do this, then the Lord says, “Your faith is great! Watch! Eyes have not seen, nor hears have heard, nor enter into the heart of man the things I have promised to those who love Me.”