How am I doing with my faith and belief in God and Jesus? Am I taking God seriously?
Confidence in and commitment to God and Jesus the Messiah. These attitudes remain sure even though the objects of faith are unseen. True faith is seen in obedient action, love and continuing good works.
So how am I doing? What does Jesus have to say to me about it? Jesus alerts me that I am not yet taking God seriously.
When the disciples had Jesus off to themselves, they asked, “Why couldn’t we throw the demon out?”
“Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” | Matthew 17:19-20 (The Message Bible)
There is much to be said about faith. So … we start with God. God is the object of my faith. I start with believe in Him. My faith gets tested.
My faith needs to grow. Like the man who came to Jesus looking for a miracle, I say “I do believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
- I want radical faith in my life. May it rain down on you and me. May we bath in it to the stunning beauty of our Master Jesus. Now that is a good word! Now that is some good news!
- Perhaps the strongest statement emphasizing faith comes during the risen Jesus’ encounter with the so-called “doubting Thomas,” where Jesus says, “Happy are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (John 20:29).
- While Jesus performed visible signs during His ministry for others to see and believe, such signs could be abused and misunderstood. In John, Jesus praises the kind of unseeing faith that believes Jesus is the crucified and risen Messiah and Master who alone saves.
God as the object of faith: My faith starts with belief in God.
- Hebrews 11:6 — And 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 seek Him.
- Psalm 25:1–2 — To You, O Master, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me.
- Psalm 26:1 — Vindicate me, O Master, for I have walked in my integrity, And I have trusted in the Master without wavering.
- Proverbs 29:25 — The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the Master will be exalted.
- 1 Peter 1:21 — who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
- Romans 10:16-18 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of the Messiah. But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have.