June 2021 Devotion
What Is Real Faith?
Faith is believing God based on the facts, and the facts are His word. Ro. 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. In the scripture we find that there were many who had faith prior to the Bible being written. God spoke and they moved by faith. So actually it is the uttered word of God. Just because you hear a preacher's voice doesn't mean you’re going to receive any faith. In order for faith to come to fruition, man must hear the word of God by mediation of the Spirit. For example, I heard preaching every year of my life, but never had saving faith until the night I heard the voice of God speak to my heart. It would behove us all to be still and hear the word of God, because through the preaching God will speak to you. Ja. 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.Heb. 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. People that have exercised saving faith will follow Jesus, and those that respond to God’s voice receive and now possess eternal life.
Types of Faith:
Heb. 11:4 Abel had worshipping faith
Heb. 11:5 Enoch had walking faith
Heb. 11:7 Noah had working faith
Syrophoenician woman had great faith (Mt. 15:21-28)
Timothy had unfeigned faith
Paul lived by faith
And in Heb. 11:6 we find that it is impossible to please God without faith. And sinners don’t have any faith until God gives it to them.
Ep. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ro. 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Heb. 12:2,3 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Heb. 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
1 Jn. 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
Ja. 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
We are not saved by works, but you can’t be saved and not have any works. Real saving faith is belief in action. Real faith will produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit in an individual's life. Many religious people today have a historical faith which produces only a surface affection for Jesus. Saving faith is deliverance from the practice of sin, not just the penalty.
Rev. J.R. Childers