Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you – Matthew 9:29.
Faith is a human belief in and reliance upon the divine. It can not be seen, but its action on the behalf of the person who trusts in the Lord. God wants His people to have faith in Him and not what they see, hear, or feel.
There are two kinds of faith, negative faith, and positive faith, both will bring about results because both of them are actions. Faith moves the hand of God in our circumstance, but it does not mean that every faith move will be answered by God. An example is two people can be believing God for healing; one receives healing while the other one didn’t. receive healing. It does not mean that God loved one more than the other. No one knows the mind of God neither do we know the plans of God. We have to trust that it is in His will to answer or prayer, and if not, we will still serve Him and welcome His decision in our life.
Some have been in spiritual bondage because they were told they didn’t have enough faith. Yes, faith is what God wants us to have, but it doesn’t make God do anything He doesn’t want to do. Because the God we serve is loving, He doesn’t want to see His children suffer, but it does not mean they will not suffer in different areas of their lives. Does this mean that God does not care, no, it’s the sin that has been brought in the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience. It’s also a path we all have to take to be created in the image of our Father.
Jesus didn’t sin, but He suffered (For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps – 1st Peter 2:21. Part of being a Christian is the privilege of serving God faithfully when we encounter underserved judgment. Observing how Christ handled unjust punishment gives us insight as to how we also may endure such trials.
Christians aren’t exempt from suffering. Some suffering comes from the choices we made in our lives, suffering also comes from God allowing us to suffer as His Son. Jesus experienced all of what a person goes through on this earth. He knows how difficult it is to obey God completely, just as He understands the attractions of temptation, yet He persisted in obedience, leading a sinless life. Because God has empowered us through His Son, we can live a life where we will not practice sin. Another suffering comes through the attack of Satan because of your dedication to the Father and Son.
No matter what life brings as well as Satan as Christians we must place our faith in God and not what we’re going through physically, mentally, financially, or relationally. God always has our best interest at heart as well as the promise of Him never leaving or forsaking us. Sometimes God will answer our prayer immediately, and there are times when we have to wait. Waiting is what usually taps into our Christian faith whether we will believe God or not.
Waiting brings about spiritual maturity, growing in grace (And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity [love] – 2nd Peter 1:5-7.
Add to your faith indicates the areas of growth that follow after salvation. Virtue is moral excellence, knowledge is spiritual truth, temperance is self-control. Patience is endurance, godliness is God-likeness. Brotherly kindness is brotherly love, charity is volitional love; this process is a lifelong cycle of spiritual growth for all believers, all this is in our faith walk.
Daily examination will keep us striving for the excellence of Christ to be manifested in our lives. A persistence prayer life will build us spiritually when life and trouble come our way. Rather than blaming God, we run to Him asking for help with a spirit of praise and worship. Now faith is what we need daily, every hour, minute, and second of the day.