Love and faith are not the same, nor do they guarantee each other. What in the world so I mean by that? Let me explain.
Remember when you got born-again? What a wonderful time it was! You found out that the Lord loved you and you loved Him and what a honeymoon it was! But, then after a time, you came face to face with, “What do I do now?” Enter faith!
Many new Christians assumed that if you loved God, it meant you had faith. And then if you could quote some scriptures, surely that meant you had faith! Not necessarily so.
Loving God does not automatically mean you’re walking by faith in His Word. Faith in God comes by hearing God’s Word: studying, confessing, adhering to it, and actually walking and living your life by it.
There are so many Christians today who profess to have faith in God simply because they love Him. Yes, we all have faith (Rom.12:3) and faith works by love (Gal. 5:6) but much of it is undeveloped, meaning there’s no power in it because they haven’t taken the time to get into God’s Word and make it a vital part of their lives. Faith has to be developed on our part and it doesn’t happen overnight nor does it happen automatically.
Just because you go to a faith seminar or listen to faith teachings here and there, doesn’t automatically guarantee that you have developed faith, enough to move mountains. You have to grow in faith daily and this takes effort. But it’s so-o-o worth every minute!
How many of you have looked at someone who operated in strong faith and wanted what they had? Well, if the truth be told, they worked at it: studying, confessing, walking, and living by faith in God’s Word to the point that it “oozed” out of them. That’s when the power manifests!
We can all have strong faith but it takes effort and commitment. It’s sort of like a good marriage. It takes commitment, effort, and a lot of work! But, it’s worth it!
Faith isn’t hard; it’s simply believing what God said in His Word and then walking in it. Faith is our positive response to what God has already freely given by His grace. If we believe Him, our actions will be evidence of this.
God’s love for us never changes but our faith in Him will cause our love for Him to grow and abound.
A good indication of how much active faith you have is to ask yourself how much Word you have in you because you can’t believe beyond your knowledge of God’s Word.
Let’s all be active students of the Word of God and walk in victory. God’s Word has a zero rate of failure!
Romans 12:3 (KJV) 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Galatians 5:6 (KJV) 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.