Faith also has to be developed. The same scripture says we are to be sound in faith. Patience and faith work together the way faith and love work together. Each force plays a unique role for victory in our Christian lives.
Faith is not developed through trials and tribulations. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Trails and tribulations develop patience. We have already learned from James 1 that this is true. The Apostle Paul says the same thing in Romans 5:3. Faith is developed as we believe and act on The WORD of God (James 2:14-26). Hebrews 12:2 states that Jesus is the Author and Finisher, or Developer of our faith, not the devil.
Faith should be developed on The WORD of God before trials and tribulations come against us. Jesus spoke of this in Luke 6:47-48. He said a man who believes and acts on His words is like someone who builds his house on a rock. Then, when the floods arise and the streams beat on that house, it does not fall. Notice, the man Jesus spoke of had to dig deep. This is where his faith was developed. His patience was developed during this storm. He was confident his house would stand because it was built on rock. The man believed and acted on The WORD. His faith was developed before the trial came.
Faith-filled words dominate the laws of sin and death and activate God’s covenant-enforcing angels. The angels of The Lord hear words spoken in faith and respond accordingly. Not only do they excel in strength but they also do His commandments. They do what God has told them to do, “obey [ing] the voice of His word” (Psalm 103:20).
When you confess and stand on God’s Word as final authority over every area of your life– spirit, soul, body, financially, and socially– it puts you in a place to receive. Jesus, the High Priest of your confession, sees to it that His angels go to work on your behalf, bringing your confession of faith to pass. Hebrews 1:14 (AMPCE) says of the angels of the Lord: “Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?”
The power to create comes from God’s inner being. His dynamic, living, self energizing, creative force of faith is released with His Words. In Genesis 1 alone, 10 times the Scriptures tell us “God said,” as He released His faith to create day and night, the firmament, dry land, plants and trees, the stars and planets, etc. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the universe was framed by the Word of God, so that things that are seen were not made out of things which are visible.”
Man was created the same way, God formed him from the dust of the ground “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). Notice, it says, “God said, ‘let us make man in our image, after our likeness…'” (Genesis 1:26). Just as He had spoken to create everything else, God spoke man into existence with His Words, essentially saying “Man, be in our image.” The “breath of life” was contained in the words spoken into Adam.
Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63). And Proverbs 4 says, “My son, attend to my words… for they are life to those who find out, and health to all their body (verses 20, 22).
We long for that eternal day when all are holy, all are good, all are washed in Jesus’ blood. But guilty, unrenewed sinners cannot come there. There is no sickness in heaven. There is no death in heaven. They have never had a funeral in that land. They have never known what it means to ring the death toll or to have drum muffled. Never once has anyone died there. There is no death there, no sickness, no sorrow. Will you go there?
Are you getting ready for it? God’s Son became the Bread of Life, and as we eat of this Bread, we live forever.
When you received Jesus as your Savior and LORD, you became a marked person in the world of the spirit — covered with the seal of the covenant blood that blotted out the hand writing of the ordinances that was against you that was nailed to His cross. His sacrificial death and resurrection made the way for you to be eternally free from the effects of sin and death and the curse of the law (Colossians 2:14). Believe the hesed-agape Love that God has for you. It’s already been released in the blood of Jesus. Think about Jesus’ body and blood that enabled you to be a blood-covenant member of His family (2 Corinthians 6:18).
Rejoice in His goodness and let His sacrifice settle for ever the question of His unconditional love for you. You’ll never again have to doubt His promises once you believe in His great love. Everything you could ever need and every promise you could ever face has been covered by the blood of Jesus. His exceeding great and precious promises have supplied it all.
God’s words are filled with His creative power. They are alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edge sword (Hebrews 4:12).
They will stand forever. He and His Word are one (John 1:1). Not one jot or tittle, not the smallest particle of His WORD, will ever pass away, and all of creation is upheld and holds together by its power (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:17). When the believer takes God’s powerful creative words into his heart, mixes them with faith (Hebrews 4:2), and speaks them with authority, the angels of THE LORD “obey the voice of His word” (Psalm 103:20) and go to work to bring it to pass: God and believers, His covenant partners, working together to bring His will into the earth as it is in heaven (Mark 16:20).
We have been given His capacity to believe and to speak. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “We have the same spirit of faith. As it is written, ‘I believed, and therefore I have spoken.’ So we also believe and therefore speak.” We’re made in His image. We have the same capacity for the God kind of faith.
Nearly everywhere faith is mentioned in the Bible, you’ll also find patience. Faith and patience are power twins. Together they produce every time.
Patience is a working power. When faith has a tendency to waiver, patience comes to faith’s aid to make it stand. The power of patience is necessary to undergird faith. Hebrews 6:12 says, “That you may not be lazy, but imitators of those who through Faith and patience inherit the promises.” And James 1:2-4 says, “My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith develops patience. But let patience have it’s work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Question — What would we say about our faith?
Ship wrecked faith?
Think about it because an answer is required.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Let us make this a day of giving “THANKS” to God for His Faithfulness to us.
Enjoy your family and friends and please be safe.
(See Amplified Bible)
Temptation = tempting, testing, trying.
“Receive the Victor’s Crown of Life.”
Have a great and safe day.