Fully Constrained: What Faith Can Do
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (KJV)
Our faith is a powerful, powerful thing.
Consider for a moment that it was/is by faith that Abel offered, Enoch was translated, Abraham obeyed, and Sarah conceived. It was also by faith that Isaac blessed, Moses was hidden and the walls of Jericho fell. By faith Rahab perished not. Faith has subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, and stopped the mouths of lions. Our faith is living, thriving, moving. It has the power to grow and be strengthened, yet it also can be weakened and diminished. This book is written to strengthen that which remains within you.
Have you ever taken the time to read the introductions to the books of the Bible? Interestingly enough as I began writing this devotional about the strength of faith and just what faith can do, I ran across this introduction to the book of James. I was immediately so taken by the words of the author that I thought I’d share them here in the introduction to Fully Constrained: What Faith Can Do.
Faith without works cannot be called faith. “Faith without works is dead” (2: 26), and a dead faith is worse than no faith at all. Faith must work; it must produce; it must be visible. Verbal faith is not enough; mental faith is insufficient. Faith must be there, but it must be more. It must inspire action. Faith endures trials. Trials come and go, but a strong faith will face them head on and develop endurance. Faith understands temptations. It will not allow us to consent to our lust and slide into sin. Faith obeys the Word. It will not merely hear and not do. Faith produces doers. Faith harbors no prejudices. Faith displays itself in works. Faith is more than mere words; it is more than knowledge; it is demonstrated by obedience; and it overtly responds to the promises of God. Faith controls the tongue. This small but immensely powerful part of the body must be held in check. Faith can do it. Faith acts wisely. It gives us the ability to choose wisdom that is heavenly and to shun wisdom that is earthly. Faith produces separation from the world and submission to God. It provides us with the ability to resist the devil and humbly draw near to God. Finally, faith waits patiently for the Lord. Through trouble and trial it stifles complaining. (Regency Bible).
Take a moment and consider all of the things that you faith has done for you!