God’s System of Faith

by APC on August 27, 2015

God has created a series of systems that define, grow, and help the believer. One system that powers our walk with God, is the system of faith. Faith in our life bridges the gap between spiritual concepts and our natural reaction to do those things in our life. There are three components of God’s system of faith.

The Establishment of Our Faith

Scripture tells us “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, KJV). The foundation of faith in our life is an event—a happening that occurred and was the starting point to our spiritual journey. Culture has turned the concept of faith into the feeling of community when we get among people who call themselves Christians. Faith is much more than just a “feeling.”

Faith is Established by Preaching

One way our faith has been established is by the preaching of the Word of God. Someone told us about Jesus! Paul explains in Romans 10:13–17 people cannot believe until they hear the Word, and they need a preacher to bring that Word. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God!

Every man has been given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). This ground level faith is enough for us to believe in the basic concepts of the resurrection—how we were lost in sin and a Savior came and shed His blood so we could have eternal life!

Faith is Established by Personal Revelation

Our faith is established when we try out the Word of God and find that His promises are true. Scripture tells us to prove all things (I Thessalonians 5:21) and to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). We will never know how authentic and powerful God is until we try Him for ourselves and see that same power activated in our life.

Faith is Established by Observation of Evidence in Other’s Lives

Many people come to God because they observed a change in another person. We saw how others used to be, but when the Spirit of God got a hold of them they were changed! There is truth in the Word of God, and even though we may not have experienced it personally, there were eyewitnesses in Scripture (II Peter 1:16; I Timothy 6:12) and there are eyewitnesses today.

The overall establishment of our faith needs to have a solid foundation. We need to know how and when we accepted God and thus established our faith. If our faith is based on the church’s décor, the pastor, or the community feeling of being among believers, we will be disappointed later on because our foundation was in the tangible and not in the spiritual. When our faith is based on the Gospel of Jesus, everything else won’t matter because they weren’t a part of the foundation of our faith!

The Exercising of Our Faith

We cannot be sure we possess faith until we need to use it. However, faith is more than just a mindset—faith must be demonstrated. Faith will always bear fruit in our life if we allow it to operate effectively. James 2:18 notes “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (KJV). Actions born from our faith become the evidence of faith being present in our life.

We know “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV). Even though we cannot see “it,” the Word of God is our contract that it will happen. Our faith needs to be convinced that God will do what he says.

We need faith in the beginning of our walk with God (establishment) and every day after that. This is why God puts us through trials—so we can exercise our faith. I Peter 1:5–8 tells us the trial of our faith is a refining process that removes the unwanted components so we can have a purer faith. God wants to purge out any disobedience, doubt, distraction, or distance in our walk with him (thus impacting our faith). We want to believe, but God helps our unbelief (Mark 9:24).

The End or Reward of Our Faith

There are two rewards that we will experience due to our faith.

Reward of Salvation

Our ultimate reward will be when this life is over and our mortal body takes on immortality, and we live eternally with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The end reward of our faith is the salvation of our soul (I Peter 1:9). Paul noted that he had finished his course and kept the faith. Because of this, there was a crown of righteousness waiting for him. This wasn’t a promise just for him, but to all them that love God (II Timothy 4:6–8).

Reward of Impact

God put a sense of purpose in each person, and this causes us to think about the legacy we leave behind when we leave this world. Paul told the Roman church their faith had been spoken of throughout the entire world (Romans 1:8). When we active the faith in our life on a day-to-day basis, we will never know just who we will impact, but this will one day be revealed unto us in eternity.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on August 26, 2015