Faith means many things to many people; to a Doctor, it means believing that the next surgery is a success. To an architect, it means believing his designs get the next big award. To a patient, it means believing (s)he is going to be well again.
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However, are those the only times one is supposed to live by faith? How about living by faith every day?
Now, before getting into how to do that, we must first understand what it means from the Bible. Hebrews 11: 1 says, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. KJV
As a believer, faith is what enables us to have access to the benefits of the kingdom. Hebrews 11: 6 says, But without faith it is impossible to please God; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Below are 12 ways you can live by faith every day.
Understand That Faith Birthed You
The first way to live a life of faith is by knowing how vital it is to God. Faith plays a very central role to our lives as Christians. In fact, it is what birthed us.
‘For by grace are we saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.’ Says Ephesians 2: 8.
As it stands, we were saved by faith; that faith was a gift because we could not have pulled that off on our own. When God wanted to save us, he did not ask for our permission, he gifted us faith so we could receive the salvation he had prepared for us.
When we walk with the realization that our salvation was gotten by faith, we would realize the immense importance of faith in our walk with God. We would understand that if faith birthed us, then it is what would sustain us.
Faith Sustains Us
If faith birthed us, it is only logical that it sustains us. If we didn’t get saved by our good works, why should we expect to sustain our salvation by good works?
Paul, in his epistle to the Galatians, extensively explains, “O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, received you the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith? He therefore that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?” – Galatians 3: 2, 5.
In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he was trying to remind them about the salvation process. He reminded them – and by extension, us – that faith is the breath of their (our) salvation.
It is expedient that we understand that faith is the fuel that keeps our Christian life aflame and running. Until we understand that, we cannot experience or live by it every day.
Understand That Faith Doesn’t Have To Make Sense
The mistake that believers often make is expecting faith to always make sense when in truth, nothing about it makes sense.
When Jesus performed his first miracle, it was the instruction of ‘whatever he says unto you, do it,’ given by his mother that paved the way for the miracle. It did not make sense to the servants to pour water into the water pots and when they drew out of the water, wine came forth. John 2:1-8. KJV
It did not make sense to the disciples that Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fishes. Luke 9: 14 KJV says, “For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company”.
It did not make sense to anybody that a man who had been dead for more than two days would walk out from the tomb looking good as new.
It did not make sense that a woman who had suffered for twelve years with a bleeding problem had been healed just by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment.
None of these things made sense, but they made faith.
Likewise, faith does not have to make sense to you and least of all, to others. It makes sense to God. It is the language God speaks and understands, therefore to live in faith every day, we have to learn that it doesn’t always make sense.
Understand That Faith And Works Go Hand-In-Hand
James 2:17-18 says ‘…even so, faith, if it has no works is dead, being alone. Yeah, many a man may say, thou hast faith and I have works; show me your faith without thy works and I will show thee my faith by thy works.’
Faith is only complete when works/actions go alongside. When living in faith in our daily life, it does not mean we should live with our heads in the cloud, expecting something to happen just because we have faith. No, everyday faith that produces results is the one where our works/actions are commensurate to our faith.
Until we understand this clear rule, it would be difficult to live by faith every day.
Understand That Faith Is Mandatory
Faith is compulsory, yes! If we desire to live by faith every day, we must understand it is something mandatory God requires of us. It is not optional, it is not something we choose sometimes when we feel like, it is not subject to our moods or feelings.
God expects faith to be our first resort and not our last resort. He expects us to think about it as the solution to whatever problem we face. And yes, not just think about it, but live by it. He expects our lives to be fuelled by faith. This way, it naturally means we live by it every day.
Understand That Faith Grows
Mark 11: 23 says ‘…for verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he says.’
Luke 17: 6 says ‘…and the Lord said, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the root and be thou planted in the sea; and it shall obey you.’
For the believer who wants to live by faith every day, we must understand that faith grows. During Jesus ministry on earth, his disciples often exhibited a lack of faith but when Jesus finally left them and they began their ministry, we saw that there it grew; they went around breaking barriers, performing miracles, and giving glory to God – all thanks to faith.
It literally and gradually became their lifestyle. They no longer lived based on their position or wisdom, rather it became part of them, and consequently, we saw they experienced unimaginable miracles. Understanding that faith grows like the analogy of the mustard seed Jesus used would enable us to exercise our faith in our everyday living. Faith matures and as a believer, it is in the exercising of our faith muscles that would enable it to mature.
Apply Faith In Every Area Of Your Life
As a believer, matured faith means infusing faith into every aspect of your life.
This is another way of living by faith every day. In life, we would face tough choices; choices that would not necessarily mean choosing between good and evil, but choosing between two good things.
Living by faith in our daily dealings would involve us seeking God’s opinion about everything happening around us and in our lives.
Faith does not necessarily mean the quantum leaps we take, but the little things that we involve the all-seeing God in.
When Jesus was about to feed the five thousand people, he did not need to engage in any gimmicks. He just raised the bread and blessed it, thanking God for making provision and the miracle of multiplication began.
This is often overlooked by many Christians.
Philippians 4: 6 says ‘…be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.’
Thanksgiving is an outward expression of faith. When we pray and ask God for something, the Bible says we should believe that we receive.
After believing that we have received, the next step is to thank God for the performance. Thanksgiving is like a seal on the prayers. It is an outward expression of that belief that we have what we prayed for.
It is one way to live by faith every day. Living by faith means living in thanksgiving. The part of thanksgiving cannot be overemphasized. Jesus lived a life of thanksgiving.
Have Faith in Faith
Sounds weird, right?
How many times have we heard people say they have faith concerning a thing and when we probe deeper we realize that they just think they have faith but they actually don’t believe that their faith would produce results?
Faith is more than just words, faith is not a cliché, it is not a feel-good message, it is real and tangible.
Faith is seen, it works. Until we understand that faith works, we will never really enjoy living by faith. Until we understand that faith is not a cliché, we would not enjoy it’s results.
So when you say you have faith concerning a thing, ask yourself deep down if you really do. And if you do, what steps are you taking to augment that faith? What steps are you taking to prove that you believe?
The woman with the issue of blood believed that if she touched the hem of his garment, she would be healed. Her actions were commensurate to her faith and it worked for her.
Know That Faith Always Works
This sounds a lot like the previous point but it says something slightly different. There are no exceptions in faith. There’s no ‘maybe’ or ‘might’ in faith. Faith births only possibilities, never impossibilities.
Faith gives no room for doubt. There’s no second option when we decide to use faith. This is one way to live by faith every day. Whatever it is you’re exercising your faith on, faith will not fail.
If it doesn’t happen, it’s not faith that failed, it’s you, it’s me, it’s us. Not once in the Bible did anyone exercises faith and it failed them. So when you’re preparing to exercise faith about a thing, bear in mind that there are no what if’s. It is certain.
Faith and Fear Cannot Co-Exist
Sometimes we say that fear is the opposite of faith but this isn’t necessarily true.
When Peter began walking on water at Jesus beckoning, he focused on Jesus who was the emblem of faith, however the moment he began to think about the fact that he was actually walking on water, fear crept in and he began to sink.
A believer who wants to live by faith everyday must get rid of fear, we must understand that faith and fear cannot coexist. It is either one or the other. If we decide to pick faith, then we would have to stick with it till the end. We would have to deliberately banish all thoughts of fear and focus on faith. That is the only way we can emerge victoriously.
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Faith Is Released By Our Mouth
We mentioned earlier that faith is matched by actions, however it is released by words. For every miracle that Jesus performed, there was a speaking. He said what he wanted to see.
Romans 4:17 says, ‘As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which be not as though they were.’
For there to be a ‘calling’ that means there must have been a ‘speaking’. Words are spirits. Words are powerful. The Bible says that the power of life and death is in the tongue. One of the actions that will show that we have faith is the words we speak. We call those things that be not as though they were. That’s called faith-language.
As we desire to live by faith every day, we should bear in mind that we will not do it all by our strength. We have the Holy Spirit to help us be better each day. He is our Helper, our Standby and He is committed to seeing us live victoriously.