Seth Adam Smith said, “Without faith, you are as a crow who has forgotten his ability to fly; you peck at the dark, muddy earth when the bright mountains lie before you.”
Some of us are like this. We forget our ability to fly above the circumstances of life because we don’t engage our faith.
Faith in Christ is our victory over the problems of this world.
The simple hallmark of overcomers is their faith. Where there is faith, there is always victory.
Someone once said that a small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith can alter the course of history.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world ~ our faith” (1 John 5:4).
Our faith is the victory that HAS overcome the world. Please note that faith in Christ is not just going to overcome, it has overcome.
Why? Because Christ has overcome for us.
It is the same faith that has overcome Satan, sin, self and sickness.
What is the basis of our faith?
You are born of God by your faith in Christ Jesus as the Son of God. Meanwhile, to be born of God is to be born of the Spirit (John 3:6).
This power of our faith is in Christ. Outside Him, the best human ability produces nothing. For by strength shall no man prevail.
If we are going to be overcomers that we are meant to be, our faith must be strong. Yet, the strength of our faith is Jesus.
Here are seven truths you need to know about the power of faith in Jesus.
POWER TO BELIEVE IN THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST
Sometimes we are tempted to lay claim on faith as if it is just a principle. But faith is more than a principle.
“Faith is complete focus on Christ and what He has done for us”
Grace is the complete work of Christ for us on the cross, but faith is the currency to acquire the grace. It is a response to an accomplished work of the Cross where we have been redeemed from the curse of the law. The power of faith is sourced in the Grace of our Lord Jesus and not in personal efforts. This truth liberates from endless personal effort to please God outside Christ and His old rugged cross.
POWER TO BELIEVE YOU CAN DO WHAT HE SAYS YOU CAN DO
If our faith is sourced and focused on Christ, then we must believe we can do whatever He says we can do. We are never to judge our ability by our strength but what Christ says we can do ( See John 14:12).
Most times, we remain with others in the boat of fear and procrastination. We are afraid to start the new dream, go to a new terrain, do what we have never done before or what looks impractically possible because we are scared.
Although, I agree with you. The untested always scare. I remember what Pastor Derwin Gray said sometimes that, “If you’re starting something for God that doesn’t scare you, it is too small and too centered on man.”
But the truth is, whatever scares does not have Christ as A focus.
When Peter walked on water, it was because he believed he could do what Christ says He could do (Matthew 14:28-29). The moment he shifted his focus from Christ, his faith sanked and he began to sink. But when he cried out to Christ for help, a divine hand of help was extended to him.
“Faith becomes powerful when we focus on Christ and not the magnitude of what lies ahead of us”
So, if Christ says you and I can do something, no matter how big and scary it is; we must believe and then go ahead to do it.
Even if it happens that challenges makes us to lose focus temporarily and we begin to sink, we should not accept to sink completely. We need to turn to Him again for help. He’s ever willing to lend us a divine hand that will lead us to a safe harbour.
POWER TO SUBMIT OUR INSTRUMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY TO JESUS
Faith does not have power until we submit the instrument of our success and productivity to the Lord. It may be our talents, connections, degrees, awards, experience or knowledge.
The power of Christ becomes evident through our faith by submitting that which represents the instrument for our achievement.
I have discovered that most believers limit God in their lives because they have refused to submit the instrument of their productivity for the use of God’s glory. In as much we don’t allow Christ to have a free and full use of that which seems to be our instrument of success and achievements, we cannot taste the true accomplishment God planned for us (Luke 5:1-11).
The understanding that we can do nothing without Christ should make us to faithfully submit all that we are and have for the expansion of His Kingdom. When we do this by faith, then we can be rest assured that He surely reward us.
I will discuss the remaining four truths about the Power of Faith in the next post by His Grace.