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Evident Faith

January 6, 2013 by  
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Evident Faith

It is often a part of our new year’s resolutions to want our faith to grow or strengthen it.  However, in recent years, I have observed an aspect of faith that neither involved size nor strength.  I saw something that was more powerful, and relevant.  What I had observed was evident faith.  James 2:20 says that faith apart from works is “useless” (ESV), or even, “dead” (KJV)

God’s power is unleashed when we take action on our faith.  This is what I call evident faith – faith that people can see and experience.  Jesus said that a faith, even as small as a mustard seed, is enough to move mountains.  Hence, the fruit of our faith is not directly proportional to its size.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (ESV)

Here, we see the word conviction.  Conviction is a very powerful expression of belief.  Convictions precede actions.  In fact, genuine convictions should lead to actions.  If we are unwilling to take action, then the validity and existence of such conviction should be questioned.  It can be said that convictions not resulting in actions are mere considerations or ideas.

I mentioned that not every action requires a conviction. However, all of our actions actually result from a universal conviction to be happy, and happier.  This drives all of our other convictions and actions, and every conviction is ultimately in agreement with our universal conviction.

Even in the mind of a person taking his or her own life, the desire for happiness overcomes the fear of death, believing that suicide is the “happier” alternative to life.

Biblical faith is having the conviction that Jesus Christ himself is our only joy and happiness.  We were created to crave this perfect happiness, and God gave His son Jesus Christ out of His love for us, to satisfy our craving.

Shall we ask ourselves: Do I have the conviction that Jesus Christ is my only joy and happiness?  What actions and decisions in my life give evidence of this conviction?

Do I make decisions that contradict this conviction?

Faith that is evident makes God-honoring decisions and actions. It makes evident our desire to want Christ and godliness over everything of this world.  Let us consider what we “give up” and “endure” for Christ as joy and gain because the utmost happiness comes from surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ.

 

David LeeDavid Lee is a Christ-follower, and husband to his lovely wife Anne, whom he dated for 7 years, and now married for 5 years.  Anne is a classical pianist, and her joys are worshipping God with her musical talent, and creating positive influences as a Christian in the secular classical music world.  David is also the founder and Executive Director of Evident Faith, a ministry that feature and personal faith stories and share them with people that are in need and without hope.  He enjoys reading, writing and intriguing Christ-centered conversations that challenge one another to grow into a deeper loving relationship with Jesus Christ.  

You may contact David here:
Website: http://www.evidentfaith.org
Email
: david@evidentfaith.org 

 

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