Biblical faith is believing God’s word. It is trusting God to fulfill His promises in spite of circumstances. Biblical faith gives one the will to withstand the fiery darts of every attack (Ephesians 6: 16). Biblical faith gives one the assurance that God will fight his or her battles, so long as the one attacked remains steadfast, unmovable, and doing the work of God (1 Corinthians 15:58). Biblical faith knows that a little bit of faith, even as tiny as a mustard seed, goes a long way with God (Matthew 17:20).
Biblical faith gives one the courage to stand for what is godly, good, and right, even when such a stand is unpopular (study the lives of the Apostles and other early believers). Biblical faith gives one the courage and confidence to confess one’s own shortcomings, and to trust God for forgiveness and deliverance.
- is God centered and concerned about restoring wholeness- physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being (James 2: 14 – 26)
- helps one remain focused on the power of God, not mired down by the problems of the present (Proverbs 3: 5 – 9)
- gives hope that there is light at the end of every tunnel (Psalm 30: 5)
- gives one the confidence to confess his or her sins knowing God hears and forgives (Mark 9: 21 – 24)
- is a tool used to request deliverance from distress, protection from the powerful, and to uplift broken spirits (James 5: 17)
- wants justice for all (Micah 6: 8)
Keep faith in God!
Biblical faith is not perfect; it is often limited. It encompasses a range or degrees of belief in God. It can be compartmentalized, situational, and evidenced by lapses of trust in God to intercede in specific ways to shape human affairs. It is often formed and restricted by the perceptions one has of who God is, how God interacts with creation, and how one sees one’s self in relation to God and the rest of creation.
Biblical faith is a link between God and humankind that unlocks barriers that hinder one from fully experiencing God’s love and amazing grace. One who has biblical faith possesses complete confidence in God’s existence and God’s love. However, one may not fully trust God in every situation. That lack of trust no matter how brief is an example of limited faith.
Limited faith shows up when one is fearful, confused, or uncertain. The strength of limited faith is it allows one to acknowledge the gaps in his or her faith with the confidence that God will honor the admission and respond with loving- kindness.
One of the best example of limited faith is depicted in Mark 9: 21- 24. In the passage, a father demonstrated limited faith when he said to Jesus, “help us if you can (v. 22).” Jesus seized the opportunity to show that the love of God operates despite limited faith.
Jesus responded to the man’s gap in faith by replying, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
The father replied, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
Jesus honored the man’s gap in or limited faith by healing his son.
God, like the father in the text, we pray for you to help us overcome limited faith!
A miracle occurs every time the tiniest amount of faith intersects with God’s great love for humankind as demonstrated by His amazing grace. The miracle one receives may not be the one for which one hoped and prayed, but it will be the one needed at the time it is manifested.
Pray for the grace to recognize and appreciate every miracle
- the shield that protects the heart, mind, and soul (Ephesians 6: 16)
- believing that God will work all things to the good of those who love the Lord (Romans 8: 29)
- the seed of hope- it reminds us that “trouble don’t last always” (Psalm 30:5)
- the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1)
- believing God will not withhold any good thing from those who love God- (Psalm 84:11)
Keep faith in God!