Basics of Faith

In my time of devotion and prayer, I read this Devotional from Charles Stanley titled the Basics of Faith may it bring you encouragement as it has me.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Until we discover what it means to have faith, we cannot begin to walk by faith. Faith in God is more than just believing He exists; it is living with confidence that He will fulfill all His promises and bring salvation to us. We must discover whether we have placed our faith in God or if we only are wishing His Word is true. As our faith is tested, the true spiritual state of our hearts is revealed. A situation is presented before us where we can act within our own strength, doing whatever we can to manipulate the outcome, or we can trust in God’s strength, taking our hands off the problem and allowing Him to enter the scene. As we begin to walk by faith, there will be times when we stumble and fall. However, falling and getting up is part of learning how to walk. Once we get up and dust ourselves off, we take our next step with more wisdom, more strength, more faith. Walking by faith is a lifestyle, a way in which we conduct ourselves. As God molds and shapes us more into His image, He desires for us to live a life of faith, a life that relies upon Him for everything we need. Paul wrote, “For we walk by faith, not by sight. . . . Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him” (2 Corinthians 5:7, 9 NASB).

Prayer: Lord, guide me to that place where I go beyond just believing You are real but, rather, rely on Your wisdom for every detail of my life.

Stanley, Charles F. (2006). Pathways to His Presence: A Daily Devotional