In part two of this three part faith series i am going to try and explain how faith should be used.
I am going to base my hypothesis on two scriptures. Let us look at Psalm 84:12 – O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!
The second scripture is very similar to the first scripture that i have just shared.
Incline Your ear, O Lord and answer me, for i am poor and distressed, needy and desiring.
Preserve my life, for i am godly and dedicated; O my God, save Your servant, for i trust in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt]. Psalm 86:1,2.
These two scriptures have a lot of similarities. But they also contain a very important aspect of faith a lot of us forget.
The first scripture in Psalm 85:12 is talking about how blessed the man is who trusts in God. You are blessed if you trust God according to the word. But the Amplified version goes on and expounds on what it means to trust God. According to the Amplified version trust means to lean on, believe on and confidently look to God without fear and misgivings. That is how trust is defined.
I believe faith really works when we CONFIDENTLY look to God. And the confidence stems from a knowing that God is true to His word and He will never let us down no matter what.
A lot of people have faith but they are in fear. They are struggling with doubt every step of the way. But we need to take it a step further . We may have fear in the midst of our faith but we need to learn to silence it. Fear is a natural reaction but when it begins to get in the way of our faith in God that is when it needs to be dealt with. The second scripture i shared says we should trust God without fear or doubt. These are the two enemies of faith, fear and doubt! These terrible two have the ability to short circuit the blessings of God in our lives. God wants us to trust Him and be confident in His power without succumbing to fear and doubt.
These terrible two need to be destroyed at all costs. They are the reason your faith is not working.
Another thing i want you to see from these two scriptures is that faith is also about attitude. Being confident is not just an external attitude but something internal. It’s about knowing in the deepest part of you that God can be trusted and nothing being able to shake that.
If we say we trust God but we have doubts and fears which are not dealt with then we seriously need to examine our definition of faith.
I remember on various occasions that i would still have fear even after i decided to trust God. I could not understand it. I thought the fear would instantly leave as soon as i made a decision to trust God but i was wrong. It always seemed to be there. Until i realised that i needed to bring that fear under the authority of Jesus Christ. I would still trust God despite the fear i felt and after a while the fear whould lessen. That is what you need to do when you in fear. If doubt comes which i am sure it will you need to hold on to the word He gave you.
So remember, faith works when you are confident that God has heard you and is working on your behalf. It also works when you fight against fear and doubt.
And that concludes the second part of my faith series. I pray it helps you in your walk with God.