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Four Points of Faith

Posted by undergroundchurch on December 29, 2009


Faith is an action, not an intangible.  Real faith reveals itself through the actions of the believer.  Works don’t create faith, but real faith will produce works. James spends an entire book in the Bible on this subject.  Yes, faith is a starting point, but not the end.

I like to think of faith as a match.  When struck, it produces a fire that can burn down a forest, but until it is applied to kindling, tender, or some other fuel that can cause the first to grow, it will burn out.  Faith must be applied or exercised to grow. Let’s look at four ways Faith can be increased.  These are starting points that contain many different elements related to each one respectively.

Love of God

This is everybody’s favorite.  God loves you – and for many, that’s all they want from God.  This understanding alone usually produces an unbalanced understanding of God and usually aids in the believer forming God in their own image. The believer that only wants to know the love of God finds it hard to see God in his holiness and righteousness.

However, in balance, the love of God is powerful.  It produces trust so that no matter what happens to you in your walk, you know that God will see you through to the end.  It doesn’t mean that you won’t suffer in this life, it just means that you understand that God’s love transcends the troubles of this world.

Fear of God

This is a highly neglected element of faith in today’s society.  To be frank, we don’t want to think of God as a God of wrath, righteousness and one who can’t stand sin in His presence.  But God is holy, just, true, righteous and we must balance the love of God with the fear of God.

We are so used to coming boldly before the throne that we forget to tremble in the presence of a Holy God.  We are both children of God and servants of the Most High. Paul says it this way concerning Israels failure to recognize the Messiah,

You will say then, “Branches (Unbelieving Israel) were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.  – Romans 10:19-22 (italics mine)

Gifts of God

This is what we know as ministry.  Every believer has a ministry, gift and calling.  This is how we carry out our faith in action toward one another and how we are to build the church.  Most ministry is defined by how the believer interacts with the world around them and other believers.

God gives us gifts and methods to bless one another, but too often we leave this task to the “paid” ministers or “leaders” in the church.  We fail the church when we don’t all operate in the calling and giftings God has given each of us through the Holy Spirit.

Fruits of God

You’ve heard of the nine fruit of the Spirit listed in Scripture… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22,23), but what they really represent is the change that should take place in the believer’s life because of the presence of God.

The fruits of a righteous life, a loving believer, a dedicated and devoted follower of Jesus and one who reflects the image of God.  They indicate changes that should be evident because a believer is a redeemed dead person.  We were headed for destruction, but by the grace of God, we were saved.  The encounter we have with God and the depth of that encounter will evidence itself through one’s actions, lifestyle and devotion to Christ.

Each of this points of faith must be active in the believers life if he/she is to experience all that God has for them both here on this earth and on the one to come.

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