Living By Faith

The Apostle Paul states in Romans 1:17 that the just shall live by faith. He was quoting one of the Old Testament prophets. That declaration is made, in one form or another, throughout the Word of God. But does the average person really know what it means. It has been my observation that many do not understand the meaning of living by faith. So, let us discuss it a bit.

Living by faith does not just mean knowing how to use our faith when something comes along that warrants a major life’s response. But that seems to be how many folks view it. “As long as life doesn’t offer more than I can handle on my own, I can take care of myself just fine, thank you. If It gets to be too much to handle on my own, then I’ll call on God, and resort to living by faith, until He gets me out of my mess,” seems to be how many Christians want to live their lives.

However, I have found that attitude to be contrary to the Bible. The Bible declares, The Just shall Live by faith. That means everyday all day long. When things are normal and life is good and when things are tough and you don’t know what to do next. If we only turn to the life of faith when we get in trouble, then we usually come up short in the faith department. Faith grows and is strengthened through use, just like a physical muscle. If a muscle is not used it atrophies. So it is with faith. Faith is our spiritual receiver. It receives what God does. We need to trust God every day to meet our every need, both large and small. We need to have both parking space faith and life changing faith. If you don’t use your faith for the little things in life, it won’t be strong enough for the big things. “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19”