Have faith! Those two words are used casually among believers. Whenever we are in a tight spot or in the middle of waiting, these words are often used as a source of encouragement.
While the words, “Have Faith” are encouraging, there is still one elephant in the middle of the room. What happens when I have faith but I’m still not seeing results (AKA, Ain't nothin' happening). You know, what I’m talking about!
Those times when you are believing God for something, but you just do not see the fruit you are patiently awaiting.
Faith is foundational and necessary in the life of a believer, however, faith alone is not always the answer. More on that!
What Is Faith?
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
Faith is intangible. Similar to love, peace, or grief, it is not something we can not hold in our hands and say, “Look friends and family, I have faith!”
Still, the scripture tells us that faith is our evidence for what we can not see. It is our proof!
Evidence always points to the truth. When in a courtroom setting, the evidence in court points to the truth, which is innocence or guilt.
For instance, If you have faith that God will provide, although the money is not in your hands physically or you may not be able to see the dollar signs, faith is your evidence which points to the truth. The truth is God will provide.
I know, I know, that concept can feel mind-boggling but stick with me.
If someone or even your own thoughts were to challenge you by asking, "Where is the money?, your response would be, “My faith and belief is my proof. I don't need the money in my hand to know because my faith is my evidence.” In this situation, your faith points to the truth. The truth is you are provided for.
Despite not being able to see or touch faith, it is very real. Often times in the midst of hardship, it is all we have to hold on to.
Still, there is more....
Faith Without Works Is Dead
Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
-James 2:26 (NLT)
Have you ever had to use a very old TV? My millennials know what I’m talking about. The huge TV boxes with big long antennas.
The TV boxes needed an antenna to capture signals to view TV stations. The antenna served as an extension to the TV. Without it, the TV could never reach its maximum capacity.
I would like to think of works as an extension of faith. I can never minimize the importance of faith, however, in order for you and I to see results in our lives, we must do the accompanying works associated with faith.
As a matter of fact, I believe that our works, more often than not, are an indication of what we believe deep in our hearts.
If you are believing God for a home, however, you never attempted to save the first dollar, do you really believe? Sure you can say you believe with your lips, but your actions can be telling a different tale.
Just like the antenna, your faith should be an extension of what you believe.
Marrying Faith And Works
*Singing* Love and marriage, love and marriage, they go together like a horse and carriage 😂
Have you ever been to a church service that was lit 🔥.
Worship on point.
Sermon on point.
Perhaps at the end of the service, there is a prophetic release. The crowd jumps and shouts, "I RECEIVE IT!"
I love those good ole Holy Ghost gatherings.
Still, I believe that sometimes the words “I Receive It” can be misconstrued. It is great to receive a word over your life because this activates faith. However, receiving it in faith does not cancel out works.
Faith and works are married and they must work together.
Similar to an atmosphere as described above, once an individual's faith is activated, the next step would be to pray and seek God for wisdom. In other words, how to tie in your faith with your works.
If God promised you an increase financially. Then start praying and seeking wisdom on which avenues to take.
If God promised you deliverance, pray and seek practical ways.
You get my drift.
When we try to separate faith and works, this often leads to stagnation.
Reflect on what you are standing in faith for right this moment.
If you are sincerely believing God in an area of your life, the question is, “Are your works an extension of your faith, or is it the complete opposite.”
I challenge you to seek God for wisdom so that your faith and works can work in tandem, so you can experience the manifestation of God's Will in your life.