Show Me Your Faith

How often did Jesus say: You of little faith (Matt 14:31, 17:20); where is your faith (Luke 8:25); if you had faith (Matt 21:21)…etc.  How did Jesus determine what level of faith people had, how did he know if they had faith?

I understand His frustration with people of little faith, Heb 11:6 warns clearly:

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

 

I think Jesus made an assessment of people’s faith, by the faith they showed him.  The evidence of our faith is shown in two ways:

  1.  Faith comes out of our mouth: What you really believe in your heart will come from your mouth eventually.  Mark 11:22-23 (AMP) describes the following principle:  “And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God

[constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!” and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.”

Her mouth speaksWhat Jesus is saying is that when our heart agrees with what proceeds from our mouths, power to move mountains is released.  But more often, what comes out of our mouths reflects a lack of faith, it reflects a lack of knowledge of the Word of God, the promises He makes.  The secrets of what we really believe come out in what we say.

True faith, speaks in agreement with what we believe.

Jesus would often seek to find faith and then Jesus responded to expressions of faith.  Take Bartemaeus who believed that Jesus could do the impossible and heal his sight.  When Jesus asked him what he wanted, he didn’t ask for money or comfort, he asked for exactly what he wanted, to see.  (Mark 10:46-52)  He asked for what he believed. Or the Greek women in Matt 15:21-28 who believed in God’s good nature and continued to ask for her daughter’s healing, even when Jesus initially turned away and insulted her to reveal her faith.  She still expressed faith.  In both instances, Jesus responded to clear expressions of faith coming out of their mouths.  Jesus responded to faith.

What comes out of your mouth?  You may say you believe, but in your heart of hearts you don’t believe and it comes out of your mouth eventually.  Take the simple attitude: I have asked God in prayer and then I say: “We will see what God will do.”  We are already by our words expressing doubt that our prayers will be answered. The very ‘wait-and-see’ attitude is not an attitude of faith. God waits for an expression of our faith, by what comes out of our mouths.

2.  Faith is shown in your actions.  We see your faith, based on your actions motivated by what you believe.  James 2:18 MSG

“You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.”

faithfootstepsYou cannot say you believe but take no action.  We speak ‘Christianese’, but there is no corresponding action in our lives.  Our faith is just empty chatter.

Abraham proved his faith by His actions.  Heb 11:17-19 NIV

“ By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,  even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’  Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.”

Abraham despite what He saw, still believed in the power of the God he was serving and made preparations immediately to sacrifice Isaac.  He believed in a God, who could raise the dead, a God who fulfills His promises and so even though his logic and his observation of circumstances told him otherwise, he chose to take action even though He could not see how.

We who live by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7) are the children of Abraham by our faith (Gal 3:7). Faith is shown by how we live, what we do, not by our ‘chatter’.

Jesus also responded to action taken in faith.  The woman (Mark 5:24-34) who had been bleeding for 12 years, believed that if she “could only touch the hem of his garment” she would be healed.  This very faith-action of touching, healed her immediately and Jesus confirms that it was her faith in action that healed her.  In Luke 5:17-26, four men lowered their friend through the roof because they believed that Jesus could heal him.  It was not the man of the bed’s faith, it was the faith-action of his friends that made Jesus respond and heal the man.

God responds to our faith.  Unless we are constantly spending time in the Word to stir up our faith, unbelief settles in our hearts and we wonder why there seems to be no response to our prayers.

 

Watch yourself.  Honestly look at your words and actions, are they in-line with what you believe?

We show our faith by what we say and what we do.

Lord, grow my faith.  Help me to grow in my understanding of your Word, so that truth bubbles out of my heart and reflects what my heart believes.  Help me to make sure that my life actions, reflect my beliefs.

If you enjoyed this post and are eager to understand faith, also read:

A Measure of Faith

No Faith, Nada

Easy Peasy Faith

Simple Matters of Faith

The Amen of Faith and Zeal

If You Can?

 

By | 2017-09-12T19:11:41+00:00 May 18th, 2015|

About the Author:

Michelle du Toit lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is married to Adrian, with two children. She is passionate about God and influencing people. She shares her own personal treasures from the bible for encouragement to others.

3 Comments

  1. Lesley May 18, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Hi Michelle – You are amazing – Sooooo busy and involved right now yet time to share with us all. Thank you!
    I’m sure I speak for quite a few women, myself included, who are both inspired and challenged by your ‘Faith’ post and will be prompted to start “walking the talk”.
    Thank you for your ongoing comitment to spreading God’s word.
    Blessings!

    • Michelle May 27, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Lesley, you are a constant encouragement to me. Thank you so much for your feedback. Michelle

  2. Taryn McAslin April 2, 2014 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Hi Michelle. I was so excited to see another post on faith! I feel both challenged and motivated – thank you!!

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