We all need to exercise faith as followers of Christ. The Bible says that we are to live by faith, not by sight (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38; 2 Cor. 5:7). And for most of us, that is really hard. In fact, I would say it’s the hardest part of being a Christian. One of the things I’ve heard most from non-Christians, on why they don’t want to be saved or why they don’t want to follow Christ, is that they can’t live by faith. They believe what they can see and what can be proven and they expect every question to be answered. But that isn’t how Christianity works at all. Christianity is founded on faith which you can read about in Hebrews 11.
The Bible says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Did you notice that key phrase? “What we do not see.” Faith can’t be seen. If we have faith in something, we won’t see it. When we see it, we no longer need faith. For example, Justin and I are believing for a financial miracle in faith. For months, we haven’t seen it. When it arrives, we will no longer need faith to believe in it because it’s here. When we are hoping for things, we stop hoping once it arrives because you don’t hope for something that you already have (Rom. 8:24-25).
Now, onto the gift of faith. For those of us without this gift, faith is hard. Faith is something we have to choose to have every single day, and nearly every day, especially if we are going through a time of trials, we are going to want to lose faith and give up hope. However, for those with the gift of faith, faith comes naturally to them. They don’t constantly worry about what they are hoping for, they don’t lose faith or hope, they always have confidence that it will come to pass because God is in control and He always keeps His word.
I have met and seen people who have the gift of faith. Now, they do struggle in other areas, areas where they aren’t gifted, but they don’t struggle with their faith. They don’t doubt God and they rarely struggle with depression or discouragement because they always keep the faith. These people are great to have in our lives because they help to encourage us and remind us to keep our faith as well. It is so much easier to keep our faith if we’re around people who keep their faith.
This is also why it’s so important to be very careful with whom you spend the majority of your time. But, that’s the subject of another post.
I wish I had the gift of faith because I feel like this is the area I struggle the most in with the Lord. There are so many times, too many times, in the distant and recent past where I have wanted to give up, lose hope, and even turn away from my faith because I had become weary and discouraged. But, God always filled me with hope again and reminded me that He is in control.
If you have the gift of faith, I would love to hear more from you about your experience with it and how it has helped you and others over the years! Please comment below or send me an email through my contact form.
I love you guys and pray that you have an awesomely blessed weekend!