Living By Faith
I want to talk to you about the fourth thing I wish someone would have told me from the very beginning of my walk with the Lord. We are going to talk about living by faith. I remember when the Lord spoke to my spirit and said, “Don’t teach your people to have faith projects; teach them to live by faith.” The Bible is very clear. It teaches us to live by faith. Romans 1:17 says, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” The Word also declares the just shall live by faith in Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38. Since the Word of God tells us that, we should do our part to learn how to live by faith every day.
Everyone who is born again can live by faith. Romans 12:3 says every man has been given the measure of faith. Everyone has the ability to believe God and His Word. When you were an unbeliever, you heard the Word of God ministered and you believed that Jesus was the son of God and that He was raised from the dead. You believed and confessed that, and you were born again. Everyone has been dealt the measure of faith. There is not a person on planet earth who can’t believe. After you are born again, you have the faith of God living on the inside of you. Galatians 2:20 says, ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” You and I can absolutely live by faith. Living by faith is different than using your faith. To living by faith means you never turn it off. You are living it.
Why should we live by faith? First, the Bible is clear that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Second, we must mix faith when the Word of God is ministered so that it will profit us (Hebrews 4:2). You also need faith to resist the devil. I Peter 5:9 says to resist the devil steadfast in the faith. Your faith produces victory. This is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith (I John 5:4). Another big reason to live by faith is so you can move obstacles in your way. Jesus called them mountains in Mark 11:23-24. The last reason I will mention is that if all the promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus, you need to learn how to receive them. I John 5:14-15 teaches us how to receive all our petition prayers by faith.
Living by faith is so important to our walk with God. He has so much to give us and He wants us to walk in all of His promises. We live by faith so we can receive all that He has for us. One last thought. Your faith doesn’t move God; it receives from God. God is not withholding from us. We are not using faith to get Him to turn loose of something. He has provided all we need and we use the faith that He gave us through the new birth and from hearing the Word to receive all that He has promised.